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A £3m fund launched to improve infrastructure procurement

Friday April 19th, 2019

A £3m fund has been made available for pilot projects that explore new approaches to procurement in housing and council-led infrastructure construction.Government Opportunities

Research from the Institute of Civil Engineers in 2017 found that current approaches in infrastructure procurement can hinder productivity, be wasteful, perform poorly, and fail to use technologies that benefit other sectors.

It also found that infrastructure delivery supply chains are locked in cycles of low margins, low investment, variable training standards and dysfunctional relationships, with the end result being construction that is behind schedule and over budget.

The Construction Industry Training Board has launched the £3m fund in order to discover better procurement practices.

While other sectors have seen increases in productivity in recent decades, construction has lagged behind with weak approaches to procurement playing a key role,” said Steve Radley, CITB director of strategy and policy.

“We want to explore new and more collaborative ways of working that can improve supply chain relationships within procured projects, meaning more housing and infrastructure delivered on time and on budget to the benefit of clients and the construction industry alike.”

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