A new Gold Standard in public sector construction frameworks could be published following an independent review, intended to help the government and industry collaborate to tackle waste, drive innovation and secure value for money.

All future construction frameworks will need to meet this new standard, with action plans also in place to improve those frameworks already in existence. Recommendations included for the standard have been designed to ensure that public sector developments achieve the best possible outcomes, including prisons, hospitals, schools, rail projects and new roads.

It is also expected that the move will help facilitate consistency across major government projects, while supporting the entire supply chain so that schemes do not fall behind and smaller firms have greater opportunity to secure business from the government.

In addition, the standard will help ensure that projects deliver improved efficiencies and innovation, as well as increasing safety standards and putting greater focus on net zero carbon and social value targets.

Lord Agnew, Cabinet Office minister, said: “The new Gold Standard will make sure that vital public sector developments have rigorous measures in place to make sure public money is spent well and that projects are delivered successfully.

“This will be welcomed across the public sector, the construction industry and by the public, who have a right to expect the best possible public sector projects.”

The review forms part of the Construction Playbook, which details key policies and guidance for how public works projects are assessed, procured and delivered.

The playbook itself is the result of collaboration between the public and private sectors to bring together best practices and expertise, building on the National Infrastructure Strategy and supporting government ambitions to transform the country’s infrastructure networks over the next ten years and beyond in order to help the UK build back better, faster and greener.


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