Construction Procurement Review

The value of construction taking place each year across Scotland’s public sector totals approximately £4bn. Such a level of investment plays a significant role in Scotland’s overall economy as well as being a key component in supporting the construction industry and the thousands of people that work within that sector.

A Review of Scottish Public Sector Procurement in Construction was published in October 2013 by Robin Crawford and Ken Lewandowski. In May 2014, 66 of the 67 recommendations were accepted by the then Deputy First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, the exception being that there would be no immediate appointment of a Chief Construction Adviser.

The Report's core recurring themes were that construction procurement should become more collaborative, more efficient, more sustainable and more outcome focused. As a result of SFT’s procurement expertise and the large programmes of infrastructure investment it is delivering, SFT was invited to work in partnership with Scottish Government to implement the recommendations.

Consequently, a core team was formed in September 2014 and its remit and governance arrangements approved by the Public Procurement Reform Board in November 2014. The recommendations in the Review have been split into 21 themed work streams; SFT leads on the implementation of 11 delivery facing work streams, covering 29 of the 66 recommendations, with Scottish Government leading on the remaining 10 workstreams, covering the other 37 recommendations.

The 66 recommendations are planned to be implemented over the next 6 - 20 months.

For further information, please contact Martin Blencowe or Paul Dodd.