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Feature: Efficiency abounds

The Office of Government Commerce (OGC) and the Construction Products Association (CPA) have set up a joint efficiency group to identify ways in which construction product manufacturers and suppliers can help the public sector cut waste from the construction process and achieve better value in construction procurement.

The steering group for the project is jointly chaired by David McMeehan, director of construction and FM efficiency at OGC, and Michael Ankers, CPA chief executive. The group’s initial work will focus on building projects and, in particular, building structures, interiors and mechanical/electrical services. These work streams will be chaired by senior industry figures: building structures — Colin Ostler, Corus Construction Centre; interiors — Wendy Frampton, Armstrong World Industries and president of the Association of Interior Specialists; M&E services — Chris Nunn, Marley Plumbing and Drainage.

McMeehan said: “I am extremely pleased to be working with construction industry products to explore ways that manufacturers and suppliers can add value and help take waste out of the public sector’s major construction programme. There is no doubt that the contribution this part of the industry can make has not been fully recognised in the past.”

Ankers welcomed the initiative by saying: “The recent report from the National Audit Office highlighted that further value for money savings of up to £2.6 billion in annual construction expenditure may be possible if good practice was applied across all of the public sector.

“This includes a more integrated approach to construction projects, taking advantage of the input that manufacturers and suppliers can make.

We see this initiative as playing an important part in helping to identify these opportunities in a way that will also bring real benefit to our industry.”

The first reports from the three specialist groups
will be completed early in the new year.


The OGC has launched a sustainable procurement section on its website, creating a central point to access guidance. Guidance on different aspects of sustainability, including equality, innovation and sustainable construction, has been brought together for the first time. There are also links to the Government Sustainable Development Strategy and the Sustainable Procurement Taskforce.


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