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The Construction Procurement Policy Unit is hosting a series of webinars named, The Construction Procurement Sessions, for all those with an interest in public sector construction procurement in Scotland. These will cover a number of topical areas within the construction industry.
The intentions of these sessions are to engage with public authorities and wider industry; draw attention to the construction procurement guidance available from the unit and to highlight topical areas in the construction industry. We also want to learn from our stakeholders regarding what they believe attention should be drawn to within public sector construction procurement in Scotland.
Our first webinarfocused on the Client Guide to Construction Projects. The Client Guide to Construction Projects provides guidance to assist public sector clients and contracting authorities to manage and procure construction projects. The webinar covered the guides purpose, target audience and what it covers. There was a question and answer session at the end in which we engaged with attendees on matters such as alignment with other guidance, prompt payment and project bank accounts.
Our second webinar provided an introduction to the Scottish Government’s new sustainable construction procurement policy and supporting guidance that is being developed for inclusion in the Client Guide to Construction Projects. The session considered and discussed the importance of some of the associated whole life environmental, social and economic impacts. There was a question and answer session at the end in which we discussed resourcing of work, early contractor engagement, promotion of health and wellbeing and carbon v cost analysis.
The third webinar covered the Construction Capability Assessment Tool (CCAT) which is outlined in CPN 1/2022. The CCAT is a self-assessment tool designed to assist public contracting authorities understand how they are positioned to deliver construction projects. The session covered the background of the tool, its purpose, the contents and how to use the CCAT in practice. There was a question and answer at the end in which we had an open discussion with organisations about how to best use the tool, inclusion of future topics and the resources required to complete the CCAT.
If you wish to obtain any of the presentations or follow up question and answer documents from the sessions, or to be added to our distribution list, please contact PropertyandConstruction@gov.scot .
Subsequent webinars in The Construction Procurement Sessions will occur throughout the year. Please follow our Twitter and LinkedIn pages to be updated about these.