The construction sector deal is the first sector deal to be announced by Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark. This will see Government and industry working together to support, invest and transform the construction sector.

A key strand of the strategy is Procure for Better Value – which will build a critical mass of clients and advisors equipped to use outcome-based procurement thus driving efficiency in capital programme delivery and lifetime performance.

The Construction Leadership Council, which will lead the implementation of the Sector Deal, is now convening a cross industry group to take forward this work. The first stages are to develop an industry-wide definition of value which takes into account more than capital cost, to produce a universal methodology for procurement using this definition of value and to promote common and consistent standards across industry.

The Construction Industry Council (CIC), the over-arching body for the construction professions, will play a pivotal role in facilitating this work and embedding the Procure for Better Value approach in public procurement.

Graham Watts OBE, Chief Executive, CIC said of the announcement: “The CIC is delighted to hear of the construction sector deal and warmly congratulates Andrew Wolstenholme and the CLC for this recognition and achievement.  We look forward to facilitating the full support of the built environment professions, working together, through CIC, to help develop and achieve Procure for Better Value.”

Prof John Nolan, Chairman, CIC also added: “I am delighted that construction is the first sector deal to be announced by Business Minister Greg Clark and congratulate him and his team for understanding the strategic importance of the construction industry to the economic well-being of the country. I am particularly delighted that, as a long term critic of current procurement methods, Procure for Better Value is one of the key strands of the Construction Leadership Council’s implementation plan, as it can be argued that many of the systemic problems in our industry stem from a procurement process that conflates cost with value.”