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Review of Procurement in Construction - introduction

A picture of a construction site

The report of the Review of Scottish Public Sector Procurement in Construction , undertaken by Robin Crawford and Ken Lewandowski, was published in October 2013. The report is complementary to John McClelland’s report on Public Procurement in Scotland which focused on the procurement of goods and services. The independent construction review looked at how public bodies involved in construction-related procurement adopt practices that are streamlined and deliver value for taxpayers’ money.

Chair of the review, Robin Crawford, spoke of his vision of “an approach to public sector construction procurement which achieves better collaboration in design led procurement, which achieves value for money for the public sector but which also recognises that the construction sector is a vitally important part of the Scottish economy”.

Implementing the recommendations

The then Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced in May 2014 that the Scottish Government welcomed the report and would implement 66 of the 67 recommendations. The one recommendation which was, for the time being, not to be implemented, was the appointment of a Chief Construction Advisor. Instead it was recognised that this programme of work should sit within the governance structure of the Ministerial Strategic Group-Procurement, chaired by Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Keith Brown.

The Scottish Government (SG) has joined up with the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) to deliver the recommendations. Scottish Government will take forward the implementation of 34 recommendations. SFT will lead on 26 and 6 will be led by a combination of SFT, SG and Construction Scotland Industry Leadership Group (CSILG).

Implementation of the recommendations will be considered alongside and consistent with the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014. This Act builds on the work already carried out in Scotland around procurement and establishes a national legislative framework for sustainable public procurement – it seeks to maximise the economic benefits brought to Scotland from effective and efficient public procurement spend. The revised EU Procurement Directives will also help shape how the recommendations are implemented.

Construction policy notes

The Scottish Procurement Construction Policy Notes provide advice on specific construction policy issues. One use of CPNs will be to alert organisations of the proposed implementation measures of the Review of Scottish Public Sector Procurement in Construction.