Government Construction Strategy 2016–2020

The following Construction practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Government Construction Strategy 2016–2020
  • Coordination and leadership
  • Client capability
  • Data
  • Communications
  • Building information modelling
  • Collaborative procurement

Government Construction Strategy 2016–2020

The Government Construction Strategy 2016–2020 (the ‘Strategy’) was launched on 23 March 2016 by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (the 'IPA'), reporting to HM Treasury and the Cabinet Office. It set out the government’s plan to develop its capability as a construction client.

This Practice Note looks at some of the key information set out in the Strategy as published on 23 March 2016. It does not refer to developments that have occurred after this date. Readers of the Strategy should be aware that the Government Construction Pipeline and the National Infrastructure Pipeline (referred to below) were updated and consolidated by the National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline (first published on 5 December 2016).

The Strategy noted that:

  1. in 2014, construction output was £103bn (6.5% of GDP) and comprised 2.1m jobs (6.3% of the UK jobs total)

  2. over 99% of the construction industry was comprised of SMEs

  3. over a quarter of construction output was from the public sector, and planned construction projects in the Government Construction Pipeline totalled £163bn

The Strategy sought to build on the success of the Government Construction Strategy 2011–2015 (the ‘2011-2015 Strategy'), which was reported to have delivered £3bn of efficiency savings between 2011 and 2015. For more information on the 2011–2015 Strategy, see Practice Note: Government Construction Strategy 2011–2015 [Archived].


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