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    Crisis prompts overhaul of procurement methods to speed up contract awards


    Government says ‘extreme urgency’ of situation means public sector will have to quicken up appointments

  • Rudi Klein

    One in three public sector clients do not pay on time


    Trade body calls for new ombudsman to enforce fair pay rules after survey reveals late payment is rife

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    Capita buys Constructionline for £35m


    Outsourcing giant targets 40% revenue hike for industry database

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    Procurement update: Project controls


    Clients are dusting off their investment plans, but scarce resources mean that assurance of planned outcomes will be vital. Here’s how project controls can help to give that assurance

  • economics

    Procurement: Regulated utilities


    Over the next two years £60bn of construction spend is due to be procured by regulated utilities. Getting the procurement strategy right is critical. Simon Rawlinson of EC Harris looks at the options

  • shops

    Procurement update


    With pressure on the construction industry to drive down costs for clients, how can strategic procurement be used to deliver required savings? Simon Rawlinson of EC Harris looks at the options

  • BBC's Broadcasting House

    Procurement refurbishment


    When budgets are tight, refurb can seem the ideal solution. But how do clients and contractors allocate risk and manage outcomes? Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon looks at the options

  • Features

    Procurement update


    During the boom, clients turned to frameworks just to get firms to do their work. In the recession, many are asking if they’re still needed

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    Building handover: how to give tenants a Soft Landing


    Well, that was the project team’s traditional attitude to the client once its building was finished. The Soft Landings framework straps them together until all the problems are resolved

  • David Mosey

    It’s just too sad to be single: Single-stage tendering


    Why would any client want to revert to the old method of single-stage tendering when life with two-stage tendering is so much clearer, simpler and cheaper?

  • Single-stage tendering is not incompatible with good architecture, as Haworth Tompkins’ Young Vic demonstrates

    Procurement: Single-stage tendering


    Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon sets out the pros and cons of the single-stage strategy and offers some guidance on how clients and contractors can use it successfully

  • The Apple store on Regent Street, central London – a good example of a high concept fit-out

    Procurement: Retail delivery


    The successful fitting out of a major retail scheme owes a lot to effective retail delivery management. Simon Rawlinson and Nick Clare of Davis Langdon lift the lid on the processes involved

  • Key differences and similarities between competitive dialogue and negotiation

    Procurement: Competitive dialogue


    If your client’s public-sector scheme needs bidder input during procurement, then competitive dialogue is likely to be the best option. Now that some projects have been let using the process, Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon reviews the lessons learned

  • Develop and construct was used on Oundle School's £7.9m SciTec Centre in Peterborough by Feilden Clegg Bradley and Willmott Dixon

    Procurement: Develop and construct


    Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon describes a new twist to this procurement route that combines elements of two-stage tendering and collaborative working

  • Penoyre & Prasad’s Green Wrythe Lane primary care centre in Carshalton, Surrey, was completed under the NHS’ LIFT framework

    Procurement: Frameworks


    Frameworks are increasingly prevalent in UK construction, but what should clients consider when building long-term relationships? And what should suppliers consider before signing up? Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon reports

  • A target price contract has helped control costs on the £4.2bn Heathrow Terminal 5

    Procurement: Target price contracts


    In today’s overheated market, clients need all the help they can get to deliver good-value, low-risk projects. Some clients are turning to collaborative working – and contracts such as the NEC – to provide an extra incentive. Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon examines the issues

  • Cladding delays on the Willis building meant the top five plant room floors had to be temporarily wrapped in plastic to keep the job on programme

    Procurement: Building services


    The design and installation of building services needs careful management if a project’s M&E is to be delivered successfully. Simon Rawlinson together with Barry Nugent and Andy Dedman of Davis Langdon Mott Green Wall look at best practice in this specialist area of procurement

  • Design and build is now used on complex projects, such as Foster’s Bishop’s Square

    Procurement: Employer’s agents


    Many cost consultants and project managers have extended their involvement on projects by acting as the employer’s agent – a job that introduces a wide range of responsibilities. Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon examines the role

  • Hopkins Architects’ Evelina Children’s Hospital

    Procurement: Public sector projects


    Public sector procurement methods are often criticised for excessive red tape, but on complex projects their effective use is vital to success. Simon Rawlinson of Davis Langdon investigates

  • The flexibility of construction management was an advantage in the highly complex Time and Space planetarium project in Greenwich Park

    Procurement: Construction management


    Even in these risk-averse days, some hands-on clients still prefer the construction management route. But would more schemes benefit from the CM approach? And how should clients organise themselves to get the best results?