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Academic Partner on 2 Trial Projects

Posted on: 22 February 2013
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Filed under: Current projects

BECi at the University of Westminster to partner with the MoJ and Supply Chain Management Group (SCMG)* on the Governments Construction Strategy Trial Projects.

Mid 2012 the Cabinet Office announced a number of trial projects to provide ‘proof of concept’ for the various themes in the Government Construction Strategy (GCS) that looks at reducing the cost of Government construction projects by 15-20%.  This link on Storify provides summaries of the key addresses of the Construction Winter Event organised by the Cabinet Office. Held at the RICS in January 2013, it enabled  representatives from Government and Industry to discuss and review the progress to date of the Trial Projects.

BECi, in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster, will be the Academic Partner on two of the Governments trial projects. Rob Garvey will lead on the Two Stage Open Book with the SCMG and Martin Ball will lead on the same procurement method at  the MoJ Cookham Wood, which is also the lead BIM trial project.

Further information will be posted in due course, however you can follow progress of the trial projects on Twitter using #TrialProjects.

*SCMG = Hackney Homes, Homes for Haringey and Newham Homes

Cabinet Office Trial Projects

Posted on: 29 January 2013
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The Cabinet Office published the Government Construction Strategy in May 2011.  The implementation of the strategy has been on-going and another significant event took place today.

Following the Final Report from the Procurement Lean Client Task Group, trial projects have been established to assess the merits of the three new procurement models. The first collective Trial Projects Events was held today, Tuesday 29th January, at the RICS HQ.  Organised by the Trial Projects Delivery Group, the event brought together construction clients, project teams and experts in measurement and mentoring/monitoring.

In a passionate introduction, Stephen Kelly, CEO of the Cabinet Office, outlined the importance of the Trial Projects in achieving the Government’s strategic aims to deliver significant savings. Emphatic in his assertion that the Government has an strong appetite to collaborate with industry, Stephen was keen to communicate the message that the Government is open for business in a new world.

Peter Hansford, the new Chief Construction Adviser explained the industrial strategy for construction; it’s one of 10 Government strategies in partnership with industry and Peter emphasised that this strategy was complementary to existing strategies.  For the strategic objectives to be delivered, it’s essential for behavioural change to shift the culture from adversarial to a collaborative mindset. Moreover, it’s important there is engagement throughout the supply chain to ensure obstacles to innovation are removed.

The Trial Projects Delivery Group is led by Phil Wilbraham and Don Ward. Both demonstrated enthusiasm and energy in their leadership for the Trial Projects. Don was very vocal in the assertion that the new procurement models are NEW and have not been done like this before. Moreover, what is required are levels of implementation that have not been seen before; there is hard work ahead and it started today.

The majority of the event involved the teams engaging in small information hubs sharing experiences, feedback and networking.  The hubs were focused on the three procurement models, (Cost-Led (CLP) Integrated Project Insurance (IPI) and Two Stage Open Book (2SOB)) and three cross cutting themes (BIM, Intelligent Client and Lean Sourcing).

In summary the key feedback focused not on the technical aspects of the procurement models, but the candid realisation that no-one has all the answers; success will be predicated on strong leadership (intelligent client) and collaboration throughout the supply chain.

The University of Westminster attended in their nominated role as Academic Partner to the Two Stage Open Book projects.

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