Procuring the best consortium or supply chain organisation and negotiating the contract is perhaps more important to a successful outcome for a major project than the design and construction phases. Chaired by Graham Dalton, Chief Executive of the Highways Agency, this full day seminar considered a number of questions. For instance, to what extent do personal relationships matter more than the procurement route? Do clients get the contracted suppliers they deserve? What have been the benefits and shortfalls in recent procurement experiences? What form will future government procurement take to maximise private sector skills and access to financial models? Has the current recession led to less emphasis on sustainability? Presentations included predictions on future mechanisms for the involvement of private commercial skills by the Government; lessons in driving forward and procuring major rail contracts; engaging the supply chain in meeting the requirements of the overall client; how to address the issue of sustainability at the procurement stage; and examples of how the private sector is changing procurement and contracts to obtain best outcomes.
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