The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has updated its guidance on procurement practices in an effort to assist the construction industry to adopting and implementing them.

In order to consistently ensure buildings are built to a safe, high-quality standard, DLUHC insists that procurement practices are improved.

The guidance has been influenced by Dame Judith Hackitt’s post-Grenfell Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, . where she stated: “Improving the procurement process will play a large part in setting the tone for any construction project. This is where the drive for quality and good outcomes, rather than lowest costs, must start.”

The DLUHC guidance outlines evidence of collaborative procurement for safer, better-quality outcomes, for clients and their project teams.

that the guidance emphasises how collaborative construction procurement needs to be clearly connected to the underlying commercial needs and issues that arise on any project – any project based on vague or idealistic concepts is likely to be unsuccessful.

The guidance for any collaborative procurement of any in-scope project should incorporate:

  • Selection by value that avoids a race to the bottom
  • Early supply chain involvement that improves safety and reduces risks
  • Collaborative relationships that improve commitments and involve residents
  • A golden thread of information that integrates design, construction and operation

Read the full guidance here.

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