Magazine article Public Finance

OGC Sets Sights on Construction Cost-Cutting

Magazine article Public Finance

OGC Sets Sights on Construction Cost-Cutting

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The Office of Government Commerce has responded to a challenge laid down by the National Audit Office and set up a body targeting billions of pounds of savings across public construction projects.

The Public sector Construction Clients' Forum - chaired by Sir Christopher Kelly, a long-term government adviser on construction - will seek improvements in the way that schools, hospitals, social housing and the London 2012 Olympics building projects are procured.

An OGC spokesman confirmed that a key aim of the forum - which also draws on senior staff from Whitehall departments, local government and the Housing Corporation - would be to focus on improving 'whole of life' costs across projects. Watchdogs have long suggested that improved construction procurement could reduce such costs. In March 2005, an NAO study, Improving public services through better construction, estimated that an additional £2. …

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