Contractors will be judged on sustainability and diversity targets in procurement change-up

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Build UK’s latest acceptable of questions for contractor pre-qualification has been updated to see sustainability and diverseness requirements.

The operation assemblage released the latest variation of its Common Assessment Standard (CAS) yesterday.

Pre-qualification questionnaires are usually utilized by clients to measure the suitability of prospective bidders. They are specifially recommended for usage by each nationalist bodies. They tin besides beryllium utilized by main contractors erstwhile letting subcontracts. The likes of Balfour Beatty, Mace, Skanska and Costain have each committed to utilizing these questionnaires arsenic portion of their proviso concatenation procurement.

Traditionally, the questionnaires person been utilized to find whether a contractor has the capableness to fulfil enactment that it is bidding for. This typically includes questions relating to unit numbers and fiscal health.

The updated pre-qualification questionnaire besides requires contractors to supply details of their cyber-security measures. The archetypal variation of the CAS was published successful 2019 and is reviewed annually. The latest variation is known arsenic Version 3.

Build UK enactment the updated questionnaire unneurotic successful collaboration with the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA) and the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA).

ECA manager of CSR Paul Reeve said: “These latest revisions to the Common Assessment Standard bespeak important manufacture developments, specified arsenic the request for enhanced cyber-security, the thrust towards greater sustainability and improving diverseness successful construction.

“Version 3 volition supply contractors and clients with the indispensable PQ [pre-qualification] assurance they request from their proviso chain, whilst ensuring it remains suitable and proportionate to tiny and micro suppliers,” helium added.

CECA main enforcement Alasdair Reisner said the CAS would “reduc[e] bureaucracy successful some nationalist and private-sector procurement”.

“Agreed manufacture standards volition beryllium beneficial for some clients and contractors, and volition present beneficial outcomes for UK taxpayers, arsenic the manufacture seeks to physique backmost amended successful the months and years ahead,” helium added.

Last year, the strategy was revamped to require suppliers to get conscionable 1 pre-qualification certification earlier tendering for work. Previously, antithetic clients needed antithetic pre-qualifications, which Build UK estimated outgo the manufacture up to £1bn.