The construction industry in Scotland employs more than 13,000 people and is worth around £7 billion.
The public sector is a significant customer with an annual spend of more than £4 billion on building or civil engineering works.
We are taking forward a number of actions to improve the procurement of public sector construction projects.
Guidance on construction procurement
The Construction Manual is currently being updated, it will consist of three handbooks:
- Handbook 1: project initiation and business case handbook (published midsummer 2019)
- Handbook 2: construction procurement handbook
- Handbook 3: contract management handbook (published midsummer 2019)
Construction policy notes (CPNs) provide guidance to contracting authorities on various aspects of construction procurement.
Review of Scottish public sector procurement in construction: outputs
This review looked into the procurement of public sector construction projects.
It made a series of recommendations designed to improve and strengthen client and supplier capability through a more efficient and effective procurement process.
This work is overseen by the Construction Review Delivery Group.
The views of industry are represented by the Construction Scotland Procurement Implementation group.
Project Bank Accounts (PBAs)
We are helping to ensure that contractors and sub-contractors working on building projects by Scottish Government bodies are paid promptly and fairly, through the use of Project Bank Accounts.
Project Bank Accounts (PBAs) are ring-fenced accounts which see members of the construction supply chain working on government projects - many of which are SMEs - get paid directly within contractually agreed dates.
You can view construction procurement content prior to 2018 on the gov.scot archive.
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