The Chairman of the Specialist Engineering Contractors (SEC) Group which represents the largest single component of construction output has written to all the party leaders. Commenting on his letter, Trevor Hursthouse said: "We have been talking about improving public sector construction procurement practices for decades. Current practices result in both the public sector and the industry wasting billions of pounds.
After 6 May the new Government must commit to implementation of best practice to deliver better value to the taxpayer/chargepayer which will, in turn, help improve business security for SMEs and enable them to continue their investment in skills and "green" technologies.He added: "New initiatives are not required since we are awash with reports and guides showing the way forward. Implementation is the key word".
To ensure implementation SEC Group is proposing that funding of public sector projects be made conditional on procurers demonstrating best practice in their procurement strategies. For the most part this will involve the appointment of project teams architects, engineers, project managers and suppliers - working together at the planning and design stage of projects to eliminate wasteful activities.
The SEC Group is seeking a meeting with the new administration as soon as possible after 6 May.