SCI-Network - Sustainable Construction @ Innovation through Procurement

SCI Network - SCI-Network - Sustainable Construction @ Innovation through Procurement
Working with the market

Working with the market

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Ultimately, the success of your project will depend on the ability and effort of the construction professionals you employ to develop and implement the best solutions. Finding ways to effectively inform the market of your intentions and engage with interested companies prior to the formal tendering process can bring major benefits.

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Recommendation 4.A: Inform the market of your intention to reward sustainability and innovation sufficiently in advance of tendering.

Recommendation 4.B: When tendering, clearly state your desire for a sustainable outcome and your openness to innovative solutions.

  • Snapshot: Procurement prospectus in Wakefield, UK - In May 2010 Wakefield Council (UK) started to develop a strategy to procure a highly energy efficient lighting system for a new swimming pool and leisure complex. Recognising that there were significant innovations in the field of lighting, Wakefield made a procurement prospectus available to the market providing details on their proposed project and inviting suggestions from all tiers of the supply chain to come forward with innovative proposals. The most promising responses to the prospectus were followed up with workshops. Furthermore a directory of businesses that responded was published online to encourage partnering between suppliers in preparation for the call for tender.