The Construction Playbook

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

  • The Construction Playbook
  • Purpose, aims and objectives of the Playbook
  • Scope of the Playbook
  • The key policies
  • Commercial pipelines
  • Market health and capability assessments
  • Portfolios and longer term contracting
  • Harmonise, digitise and rationalise demand
  • Further embed digital technologies
  • Early supply chain involvement
  • More...

The Construction Playbook

The UK government published the Construction Playbook (the ‘Playbook’) in December 2020 as had been promised in the National Infrastructure Strategy which was published on 25 November 2020 (see News Analysis: The National Infrastructure Strategy—infrastructure commitments and planning reforms). The Playbook outlines the government’s policy, strategy and key aims when procuring public works and construction projects from 2020 onwards. For details on the previous government strategy in relation to construction, see Practice Note: Government Construction Strategy 2016–2020.

Purpose, aims and objectives of the Playbook

The purpose of the Playbook is to set out how the government will procure projects by setting out policies that it will adopt. In setting out the policies, there is a clear intention to reassess how projects have been procured in the past and to use new approaches to risk, sustainability and innovation. There is also an intention to adopt ‘front end loading’, ie putting in more emphasis into the initial project initiation and planning which can then hopefully ensure the project runs more smoothly in the delivery phase.

By adopting the policies contained in the Playbook, the government also makes a series of pledges to:

  1. set clear and appropriate outcome-based specifications

  2. favour longer term contracting across portfolios

  3. standardise designs, components and interfaces as much as is possible

  4. drive innovation and Modern Methods of Construction

  5. create sustainable, win-win contracting arrangements that

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