Procurement of construction projects in local government.

Wamuziri, Sam and Seywright, A (2005) Procurement of construction projects in local government. Municipal Engineer, 158 (2). 145 - 152. ISSN 0965-0903

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This paper provides an evaluation of changes in procurement of capital projects in local government in recent years. These changes have been driven partly by changes in legislation regarding compulsory competitive tendering, best value and more lately prudential finance legislation. They have also been driven by developments in industry procurement practices, particularly following publication of the Latham and Egan reports. Results of research seeking to assess current practice regarding procurement of capital projects in local authorities following publication of the National Procurement Strategy in October 2003 are presented. The organisation of the procurement function, use of standard forms of contract, e-procurement, capability and arrangements for procurement-related training are discussed including use of external consultants. The overall conclusion is that local authorities are at various stages of development regarding implementation of the National Procurement Strategy. Although most of them have in place training arrangements to develop skills of technical and procurement staff, many local authorities will continue to use external consultants. Moreover, 75% of local authorities see use of external consultants to provide professional advice in various elements of project procurement as a long-term measure.

Item Type: Article
Print ISSN: 0965-0903
Electronic ISSN: 1751-7699
Uncontrolled Keywords: Procurement; Construction projects; Local Government; Changing patterns; Best value for money; Tendering practice; National Procurement Strategy; Training in procurement; Financial consultancy;
University Divisions/Research Centres: Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Creative Industries > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Dewey Decimal Subjects: 600 Technology > 690 Building & construction > 692 Auxiliary construction practices
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations > 658 General management
Library of Congress Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
T Technology > TH Building construction
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
Item ID: 2024
Depositing User: RAE Import
Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2008 11:31
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2015 10:34

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