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ICE has made recommendations to help refine government's approach to the construction industry.
The publication of the 2016-20 Government Construction Strategy (GCS) was effective in introducing policy to drive change, such as mandating BIM Level 2 across publicly procured projects.
Whatever your view on the specific direction of travel, the strategy is a valuable vehicle for providing a progressive and consistent approach across the members of the Government Construction Board - Department for Transport, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Department of Education, Ministry of Justice, Department of Health, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, Environment Agency, Highways England, MHCLG and BEIS.
However, the sector has moved on and since the publication of the GCS there have been a number of commitments to different ways of working between government and the wider construction industry.
These include the commitment to offsite construction from 5 departments, the announcement of the Construction Sector Deal and the publication of the IPA’s TIP report with the commitment to better alignment of outcomes, smarter infrastructure and improved procurement processes.
This increased level of ambition will require a step change in the government/industry relationship and deliver benefits for all parties involved - most importantly to society, the customers and users of the sector.
To provide an industry view, ICE harnessed the expertise of our members to develop proposals setting out 5 areas of opportunity for government to refine their approach in the following areas:
Download the full proposal and specific recommendations on policies, including BIM, project bank accounts and fair payments.
This submission is the starting point. The door is open for government to collaborate with industry to help shape the development of the GCS and together build a sustainable and productive future for construction and the UK.
ICE hopes to see government use its substantial influence effectively and consistently to help build an environment that fosters better working practices and deliver a step change in the relationship with industry.