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

CECA Inspiring Change Conference & Awards

You can now watch all sessions from CECA’s 2018 Inspiring Change Awards online:  Above: CECA Chief Executive Alasdair Reisner introduces keynote speaker, the Shadow Business Minister Chi Onwurah MP, at the opening session of Inspiring Change 2018. Ms Onwurah is followed by Keith Waller of the Infrastructure & Projects Authority at HM Treasury. 

Joint Rail Data Action Plan

Train companies are to publish more real-time information to enable greater collaboration between the rail sector and tech companies, it has been announced. The Department for Transport and the Rail Delivery Group have published The Joint Rail Data Action Plan, which outlines how Government and the rail industry, including the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), the

Advanced Nuclear Technologies

The advanced nuclear sector has the potential to play and important part in the UK’s industrial strategy, the Government has said, building on Britain’s existing economic strengths and competitive advantages in the nuclear sector whilst shaping new advanced nuclear markets and contributing to the Clean Growth Grand Challenge. BEIS minister Richard Harrington MP, in a