Procuring for value – a better future for the construction industry

On 17th April 2019, NWCH contributed to a discussion panel breakfast event hosted by Construction Excellence in Manchester.

The seminar brought together the lead author of the Procuring for Value report, Ann Bentley, Global Board Director Rider Levett Bucknall, to discuss the report and its ambitions with representatives across the supply chain including: Clare Huber, NWCH Board member and Client lead for Chester’s award-winning Storyhouse Library and Theatre; John Finlay of Value in Construction and former MCC Capital Procurement Manager, and Katy Harris, Director of Preconstruction, Seddon Construction Ltd.

The Procuring for Value report, commissioned by the Construction Leadership Council as part of the sector deal to modernise construction, comes when change is in the air and begins a dialogue with the supply chain – up and down – to make the procurement process more relevant to what clients and end-users want to achieve, creating a whole-life, integrated industry to improve productivity while giving wider societal benefits.

Our Board Member; Clare Huber talked about the role of a smart client and the challenges in which public sector procurement officers face on an everyday basis, confirming that working as an integrated team with early contractor involvement allows for true collaboration that drives the best outcomes and creates award winning buildings loved and appreciated by all of its users. As well as looking good and being well constructed, a project team should ensure the built asset does what the client and end-users want.

John Finlay, Director of Value in Construction and Katy Harris, Framework Manager, Seddon Construction, talked about the benefits of NWCH, the importance of trust,  early engagement and maximising ‘value’ outcomes, which in turn, if used as intended, the results are less waste, less duplication, local engagement and greater efficiencies which gives better value for money, including positive Social Value outcomes. Therefore, NWCH believe an industry mindset and culture change is needed to maximise ‘Value’  outcomes.

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