Procurement

Reforming PQQs

The current system of pre-qualification in construction is bureaucratic and repetitive. CECA and Build UK, with the support of the Construction Leadership Council, is working on a project to develop greater commonality in pre-qualification assessment. We anticipate that this will raise industry standards by providing greater transparency and assurance in pre-qualification assessment. For further details please email: marieclaudehemming@ceca.co.uk

Reforming The Procurement Process

The procurement process is becoming more complex and prolonged with more selection stages or assessments being introduced to test contractor credentials. But with both public and private sectors facing increasing pressures on resources, procurement reform is vital if we are to continue to deliver world-class infrastructure projects to secure UK-wide economic growth. To this end, we have worked with our members to identify the eight most challenging elements of the procurement process and subsequently propose a series of solutions to address the challenges faced. These can be found here. For further details please email: marieclaudehemming@ceca.co.uk

Frameworks

CECA Frameworks Project Proposal

The CECA procurement group will publish a research report on frameworks this year. This stems from the group’s report published in 2016 CECA Procurement Report Directions in policy for the UK’s infrastructure sector. The 2016 report identified frameworks as an industry procurement challenge and recommended:

  • Frameworks should be based around a clear valued work bank with a commitment to deliver work in the framework.
  • The number of companies on a framework should be proportionate to the framework’s value.
  • All frameworks should provide one direct award contract to each participant to provide participants an opportunity to recoup some of the bidding costs. Subsequent awards could be based on performance on the direct award and subsequent projects.
  • The full implementation of the recommendations of Effectiveness of Frameworks, A report by the Working Group on the Effectiveness of Frameworks of the Procurement and Lean Client Task Group.

Members have acknowledged that while the framework process can be advantageous in terms of streamlining potential bidders, they have often spent time bidding to be selected on a framework only to subsequently not win any work from it at all.

The aim of the report is to further address the challenges our members face when working within frameworks and influence policy making. The project is particularly timely given the Crown Commercial Service’s forthcoming £30bn public sector works framework. If you would like to be involved, please email: marieclaudehemming@ceca.co.uk

Cartels – What You Need To Know

Industry networking and socialising is a normal, everyday thing to do. And for most it’s a perfectly innocent and necessary part of business life. But, if you find yourself talking shop with a direct competitor, are you sure you know what is and isn’t safe to discuss?  According to our latest research with UK businesses,

Contractors Make Switch From Graduates To Apprenticeships

Infrastructure contractors are starting to see a dramatic shift towards recruitment of apprenticeships according to new data published today. The Civil Engineering Contractors Association’s annual training and development survey has shown a huge jump in the number of apprentices, up 40 per cent in 2017 with numbers expected to rise by a further 32 per

Infrastructure Can Create New Industrial Heartlands Across The UK

Companies that build and maintain the UK’s infrastructure predict a revival of former industrial towns and cities as hubs to manufacture and assemble components for transport and infrastructure projects. Working with economic consultancy Cebr, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association today publishes a research report that highlights the social impact of investment in infrastructure. The report