How the Construction Playbook can help us drive efficiency

Hannah Evans
Over the last few years, I’ve seen a growing number of major public sector programmes requiring delivery at pace (‘delivering timely and quality results with focus and drive’). This might be to meet an emerging or immediate need, an increase in demand or even in response to a major event as we have seen with the Covid-19 pandemic and its many rapid response programmes.

To meet this challenge, we’ve put the application of key Construction Playbook principles at the heart of our work to ensure collaborative, efficient and timely delivery.

The Construction Playbook references the government’s commitment to delivery of ‘better, faster and greener’ solutions that ‘support our recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and build the economy of the future while improving building and workplace safety’.  Of the 14 key policies there are several which set out commercial best practices and reforms to drive efficiencies and support delivery at pace (and Playbook Compliance!) including but not limited to:

Commercial Pipelines  

Publishing of commercial pipelines enables suppliers to understand, prepare and respond to upcoming work opportunities – improving efficiencies in the procurement process.  This includes SMEs and VCSEs who can offer innovative solutions that drive productivity.

Market Health and Capability and Early Supply Chain Engagement

Engaging the market before procuring any project or programme of work is essential to assure capacity and capability. This is especially important when there are major programmes running concurrently across the public sector. Early supply chain engagement can also demonstrate the buildability, feasibility and deliverability of schemes as well as encourage exploration of innovative approaches and alternative solutions.

Harmonising, Digitising and Rationalising Demand

Considering the adoption of MMC and off-site manufacturing will drive efficiencies in delivery, quality, health and safety and sustainability. Use of standardisation and alignment to the UK BIM Framework will encourage collaboration, avoid re-work and drive continuous improvement.  

Outcome Based Approaches

Stakeholders, including suppliers and end users, should share focus on outcomes when developing objectives, requirements and specifications.  Time and cost efficiencies will be achieved if these are clear, measurable and offer standardisation.

The above demonstrates that early consideration and implementation of Playbook policy at organisational level (left of RIBA Stage 0) will drive more effective and efficient delivery at programme and project level. This early consideration will also feed into and provide a robust business case – meaning a smooth and efficient approval and governance process.


If you are interested in understanding more about Playbook Compliance and how best to utilise these principles to enable you to deliver ‘better, faster, greener’ solutions, please get in touch.

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