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Govt publishes new ‘Playbook’ to boost productivity and innovation in construction

The Construction Playbook sets out on how government will work with the construction sector to deliver public sector works faster and greener.

The Construction Playbook sets out on how government will work with the construction sector to deliver public sector works faster.

The Playbook outlines the role the construction sector is expected to play in both the UK’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and work to bring greenhouse gas emissions down to net zero by 2050. Green initiatives in the Playbook include promoting the use of carbon assessments to understand and minimise the greenhouse emissions of projects.

Other specific measures include:

  • Providing greater certainty to industry through long term plans for key programmes. This will include longer term contracting across a range of areas which will give industry the certainty required to invest in new technologies, delivering improved productivity and efficiency savings
  • Incentivising industry to innovate by focusing on the output of what we want a project to achieve, rather than micromanaging how it is done
  • Modernising construction by standardising designs and parts, as well as embedding digital technologies including the UK Building Information Management Framework
  • Greater focus on building positive relationships with robust contract management between project leads and industry
  • Investing more in training and apprenticeships, driving forward innovation in construction, boost productivity and focus on value for money in public sector developments

The Construction Playbook, which is the culmination of months of detailed talks with the construction industry, also makes it clear that the sector must put safety at the heart of everything it does.

Cabinet Office Minister Lord Agnew, said: “As the largest construction sector customer, government is in an ideal position to ensure that the industry is productive, professional and delivers value for money for taxpayers. By adopting the new Construction Playbook, developed with industry partners, we will help ensure that the sector becomes greener and more innovative.”

Andy Mitchell, the CEO of Tideway and Co-Chair of Construction Leadership Council (CLC), applauded the leadership that the government was taking. “The Construction Playbook commits us all to drive positive change with better, long-term relationships and more efficient ways of working. The CLC will give its support to engage the industry to play its part in embedding the Playbook recommendations across our sector,” he said.

For more details of the Construction Playbook visit here

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