25.05.2018

NWCH shares valuable knowledge at inaugural Construction Frameworks Conference

Joanna Chomeniuk, Framework Lead at North West Construction Hub was privileged to speak on the Best Value Procurement panel session at Built Environment Networking Ltd’s inaugural Construction Frameworks Conference, held at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on Thursday 24th May 2018. The event was organised to  discuss and showcase best practice in the UK construction frameworks marketplace.

The conference had the following objectives:

– To help clients achieve best value from their procurement and help reduce Capital Costs.
– To demonstrate best practice in developing and operating Frameworks.
– To enable the ‘framework’ sector to meet, collaborate and discuss.
– To allow the public sector to meet framework operators.
– To put framework operators and potential bidders together.

Joanna was joined by Robbie Blackhurst, Managing Director at Procure North West, Dave Pennington, Service Manager in Property Development at Lincolnshire County Council, and Chris Blythe, Chief Executive at The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) where they discussed ‘How to achieve best value procurement using Frameworks’. The session was chaired by Phil Laycock, Director at Built Environment Networking.

Highlights of the panel discussion:

– to establish correct budget and to get the brief/specification right
– to fully embrace integrated project team approach in 2 stage procurement
– to embrace collaborative culture of frameworks and use lessons learned
– to think about time, cost, quality and implementation of meaningful social value
– to use open book accounting and to pay fair price to supply chain, to maximize the opportunities for SMEs

Also discussed was:

– What’s the future for procurement after BREXIT?
– How to set up a world class framework
– What’s the future for construction sector frameworks?

Joanna was accompanied at the conference by John Finlay, former NWCH Framework Manager and current Procurement Manager in Capital Programmes and Procurement for Manchester City Council. He commented as follows:-

Whilst the Conference showcased many examples of the great benefits that have been derived through collaborative framework arrangements, I believe that it also recognised that adopting collaborative / partnering ways of working to deliver ‘more for less’, is an evolutionary, not revolutionary process, and there is still much headroom, especially on the client side (and the consultants working for them), to fully appreciate the phenomenal value that can be derived from early contractor / supply chain collaborative involvement, and to grasp those opportunities in the interest of achieving the highest levels of the national  ‘Constructing Excellence’ agenda.’
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