Procurement

Procurement continues to be a hugely contentious issue for civil engineering contractors. Public sector procurement processes represent the gateway between public and private sectors but the process is, so often, bureaucratic, costly and time consuming. Streamlining the process of bidding for work, making it more efficient and effective, has been a key priority for CECA Wales.

We work with clients, politicians and policy makers to streamline public procurement practices, to inform and influence public procurement policy and support initiatives to improve efficiency and productivity across the sector

We work with major construction clients including Welsh Government, local government, Dwr Cymru and Network Rail to ensure that bidding costs for contractors are minimised whilst maximising value for money for clients.

CECA produced a report in 2016 on procurement, called “Directions in policy for the UK infrastructure industry”, based on responses from members, which has made a series of recommendations for improvement. CECA Wales, in partnership with the Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE) in Wales and the County Surveyors Society Wales followed this up with their own Wales specific report titled “Streamlining Public Procurement”. This report forms the basis of ongoing discussions with major construction clients.

Wales’ civil engineering sector set out action plan to embed aims of the Well-being of Future Generations Act
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On Tuesday, 5th February 2019, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association Wales (CECA Wales) launched “Transporting our Future Generations”, a joint report with Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE) and County Surveyors Society Wales. At the National Assembly for Wales, CECA Wales, sponsored by Alyn and Deeside Assembly Member, Jack Sargeant AM, set out the report’s 5

Where is our infrastructure heading?
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A few weeks ago I, and a few guest writers, wrote a series of articles for the Institute of Welsh Affairs’ “Click on Wales” portal. For me the key and current question for those of us involved in the infrastructure sector and, more importantly, those who depend on it (which is all of us!), is