Cabinet Office trial projects

Constructing Excellence worked with the Cabinet Office from 2011 to monitor and report on trials of three modern models of procurement designed to deliver the Government Construction Strategy’s target 15-20% reduction in capital costs through collaborative approaches:

  • Cost Led Procurement
  • Integrated Project Insurance
  • Two Stage Open Book

Guidance on the the models is available below. Once a project was accepted onto the programme, we appointed a mentor and an academic, and monitoring followed a well-established process adopted in our Innovation in Practice and previous demonstrations programmes developed over 15 years.

Projects that applied for Trial Project status were reviewed by a Trial Projects Group comprising industry, client and government representatives. Once accepted onto the programme, the project mentor and academic met regularly with the project team to gather qualitative and quantitative information using agreed templates and face to face discussions.

Project case studies were published at interim stages of the project and on completion, and we continue (as of end 2018) to monitor some projects for project outcomes. Findings to date indicate that these approaches are delivering 10-20% improvements in value for money. For in-depth information on the projects in the programme, please see the project case studies and annual reports listed below.

Trial Projects Annual Reports

New Models of Construction Procurement – Annual Report Jan 2019
Trial Projects Working Group final report 2017

Trial Projects Guidance

Integrated Project Insurance
Cost Led Procurement
Two Stage Open Book

Trial Project Case Studies

Interim and final case studies were produced wherever possible. All published case studies are available below by year of publication.

2018

Trial project New model of procurement Cost saving
Dudley College Integrated Project Insurance 6.5%

2016

Trial project New model of procurement Cost saving
Dudley College Integrated Project Insurance 15-20%

2015

Trial project New model of procurement Cost saving
Anchor Property  Cost Led Procurement  9%
Dudley Advance II  Integrated Project Insurance  15-20%
Project Horizon Update  Two Stage Open Book  12-15%
New Prison North Wales  Two Stage Open Book  26%
Connect Plus Sustainable Business Culture Model  Two Stage Open Book with particular
focus on the Intelligent Client
 8%

2014

Trial project New model of procurement Cost saving
RM Lympstone  Integrated Project Insurance  15-20%
Cookham Wood Two Stage Open Book under PPC2000 20%
Archbishop Beck  Two Stage Open Book  20%
New Prison North Wales  Two Stage Open Book  26%
Project Horizon  Two Stage Open Book under TPC2005  17.4%
Property Services Cluster – iESE  Two Stage Open Book  14%
Supply Chain Management Group (SCMG)  Two Stage Open Book under PPC2000  14%

2013

Trial project New model of procurement Cost saving
Rye Harbour Cost Led Procurement 6%
Circle Housing  Two Stage Open Book  15%
Upper Mole  Cost Led Procurement  15%

For more information on the Trial Projects, please visit the Government website

Link to Cabinet Office New Models of Procurement:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/new-models-of-construction-procurement

Link to Cabinet Office Trial Project case studies:

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/government-construction#procurement-trial-case-studies

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