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Procurement for building projects is about buying in services, usually for design, development or construction, facilities management or a combination of these.

Procurement is complex but getting it right will improve your project's chances of success.

Procurement involves securing and managing the means of delivering a project. The decisions you make on procurement are critical as they affect large sums of money, and can be a key determinant of design quality. Procurement, or even the use of a standard building type may be a given in your project, but even in this case, by knowing how to use procurement well to fit the building for its purpose and location, you will be able to leverage in design quality.

This section introduces procurement, explains the role of clients in procurement decisions and goes through the main procurement routes:

It also explains contracts, how to do effective selection and OJEU regulations.

Finally, we explain how to plan your own procurement process.