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Achieving Excellence in Construction

Brochures

 Contruction - A Manager's Checklist

A Manager's Checklist (PDF, 284KB)

(order code: CP0071)

Outlines the key questions that a Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) should ask about a construction project in addition to the questions described in the companion document The OGC Gateway Process: A manager's checklist.

   
 Achieving Excellence Construction Projects Pocketbook

Achieving Excellence Construction Projects Pocketbook (PDF, 144KB)

(order code: CP0060)

A brief overview of procurement for construction projects. It explains the key considerations for this type of project and outlines the main project stages aligned to the OGC Gateway process.

   
 Achieving Excellence Guide 1 - Initiative into Action

Achieving Excellence Guide 1 - Initiative into Action (PDF, 399KB)

(order code: CP0061)

This guide is the first of the three core documents. It provides an overview of Achieving Excellence and the other Procurement Guides. It describes the key initiatives and aspirations for Achieving Excellence.

   
 Achieving Excellence Guide 2 - Project Organisation

Achieving Excellence Guide 2 - Project Organisation (PDF, 618KB)

(order code: CP0062)

This guide explains the key roles and responsibilities involved in construction procurement projects. It provides a recommended framework for project organisation that can be adapted to individual circumstances.

   
 Achieving Excellence Guide 3 - Project Procurement Lifecycle

Achieving Excellence Guide 3 - Project Procurement Lifecycle (PDF, 970KB)

(order code: CP0063)

This guide outlines the decision points and processes involved in the delivery of construction projects. It sets the project procurement process in the context of OGC Gateway reviews.

   
 Achieving Excellence Guide 4 - Risk and Value Management

Achieving Excellence Guide 4 - Risk and Value Management (PDF, 424KB)

(order code: CP0064)

The guide summarises the key principles of risk and value management in the context of construction projects and describes the practical steps that need to be taken over the project lifecycle.

   
 Achieving Excellence Guide 5 - The Integrated Project Team

Achieving Excellence Guide 5 - The Integrated Project Team (PDF, 537KB)

(order code: CP0065)

This guide explains how to work together as an integrated project team. Collaborative working should be a core requirement for each element of every project. Putting it into practice through teamworking and partnering requires real commitment from all parties involved, but brings benefits that far outweigh the effort involved.

   
 Achieving Excellence Guide 6 - Procurement and Contract Strategies

Achieving Excellence Guide 6 - Procurement and Contract Strategies (PDF, 424KB)

(order code: CP0066)

This guide explains how to determine appropriate procurement routes that will deliver best value for money.

   
 Achieving Excellence Guide 7 - Whole-Life costing

Achieving Excellence Guide 7 - Whole-Life costing (PDF, 410KB)

(order code: CP0067)

This guide focuses on the need to base decisions on a whole-life approach rather than the up front capital cost of the construction.

   
 Achieving Excellence Guide 8 - Improving Performance

Achieving Excellence Guide 8 - Improving Performance (PDF, 476KB)

(order code: CP0068)

This guide explains the principles and practice of performance evaluation. Measuring the performance of construction projects is essential for ensuring that planned improvements quality, cost and time are achieved.

   
 Achieving Excellence Guide 9 - Design Quality

Achieving Excellence Guide 9 - Design Quality (PDF, 469KB)

(order code: CP0069)

This guide explains the characteristics of good design and how design quality can be raised through the procurement process.

   
 Achieving Excellence Guide 10 - Through Health and Safety

Achieving Excellence Guide 10 - Through Health and Safety (PDF, 801KB)

(order code: CP0070)

Identifies how client decisions and activities impact on health and safety issues and in turn how health and safety issues have a beneficial impact on the performance of the contract and on achieving Value for Money.

   
 Achieving Excellence Guide 11 - Sustainability

Achieving Excellence Guide 11 - Sustainability (PDF, 952KB)

(order code: CP0016)

This guide aims to encourage thorough consideration of sustainable development and to illustrate the ways in which sustainable construction can be delivered.

   
 Common Minimum Standards

Common Minimum Standards (PDF, 66KB)

(Web guidance only)

Standards for the procurement of built environments in the public sector mandated with immediate effect.

   
 

Guide to Best 'Fair Payment' Practices (PDF, 636KB)

(order code: CP0159)

This document recommends best "fair payment" principles and practices for adoption in the public sector. These have been endorsed by the Public Sector Construction Clients’ Forum (PSCCF).

   
 Making competition work for you

Making competition work for you (PDF, 1.20MB)

(order code: CP0144)

This guide focuses on practical steps you can take, pitfalls you should avoid and risks you can mitigate in order to make competition work for you.

The guide also recognises the risks of suppliers engaging in anti-competitive behaviour, such as bid rigging. It highlights some of the practical steps you can take to mitigate these risks and shows how the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) can help.

 

Health & Safety Alerts

Briefings on significant health and safety issues relevant to the property and construction procurement community are provided through OGC Health & Safety Alerts.

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Information Notes

Briefings on forthcoming legislation, policy initiatives, regulations and a range of other issues of interest to the property and construction procurement community are provided through OGC Information Notes.

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Related Documents

Achieving Excellence Action Plan (PDF, 22KB)
The requirements for each Department, Agency and Non-Departmental Public Body at the launch of Achieving Excellence in Construction in 1999.

Achieving Sustainability in Construction Procurement (PDF, 360KB)
This document was produced by the GCCP Sustainability Action Group as part of the ‘Achieving Excellence’ initiative and endorsed by the GCCP at its April 2000 committee meeting.

Getting Value for Money from Construction Projects through Design (PDF, 1.15MB)
How Auditors Can Help Guidelines to help auditors take account of good design in public sector built environment projects

Modernising Construction - National Audit Office (January 2001)

New edition Engineering and Construction Contracts

 

Archived Publications

Building on Success (PDF, 662KB)
Key findings from the first three years of the Achieving Excellence in Construction initiative and the strategy for the future.

Improving Standards of Design in the Procurement of Public Buildings (PDF, 502KB)
This report (produced by the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and OGC) underlined the Government's message that sound, creative design is an essential ingredient in achieving value for money. The report makes 11 recommendations flowing from its conclusions.

PACE - Business Continuity Planning Guide (BCPG) (PDF, 1.2MB)
Aims to encourage and guide departments towards the most efficient and cost effective means of enabling managers and users to plan against, and recover from, the effects of an incident affecting individual properties.

PACE - Estates and Property Management Guidance Index (PDF, 3.3MB)
Enables Departments to identify readily-available guidance on a wide range of estates and property management topics in support of their responsibilities for the management of Civil Estate properties.

PACE - Estate Services Guide (ESG) - Scotland (PDF, 3.8MB)
Written to assist departments with accommodation in Scotland to discharge their estate management responsibilities.

PACE - Requirement for Office Buildings (ROB) (PDF, 981KB)
Intended for those involved in the procurement of office buildings, whether by new build, refurbishment or lease procurement routes.

PACE - Premises Management Guide (PMG) (PDF, 3.6MB)
Has been prepared to assist departments in discharging their day to day responsibilities for the management of their workspace.

PACE - Guide to the Appointment of Consultants and Contractors (GACC) (PDF, 4.2MB)
Guidance on procurement in the context of property management.

PACE - Estates Services Guide - England and Wales (PDF, 7.15MB)
Written to assist departments to discharge their estate management responsibilities.

Project Sponsor Support (PDF, 158KB)
Publication supporting departments in their procurement and management of major construction, refurbishment and estate management projects.

Sustainability in Construction Procurement (PDF, 360KB)
Government has an important role in driving the sustainability agenda by improving its own performance and translating that into its demands on suppliers.