4 Key New Bills Relevant to Government Construction Tenders

Published17th May 2021 AuthorJohn Hudson

Government construction tender news

The Queen announced the government’s legislative agenda for 2021/22 and four bills that will impact government construction tenders. Almost 16% of UK construction spend is by the public sector.

The government have the current initiative of build back better in response to COVID-19 recovery. It sets out the significant investment in infrastructure, skills and innovation that levels up the UK. It is with the hope of transitioning towards net-zero ambitions.

Below are four key bills that are relevant to government construction contracts in the UK.

  1. Building Safety Bill

The Building Safety Bill will make considerable reforms to the UK’s building safety regime. It will establish a Building Safety Regulator (BSR) to deliver a new approach to regulating the built environment. The Building Safety Bill will be critical to any construction project and government construction tenders.

The BSR will have the power to withdraw materials of products from the UK market. They can withdraw those that they deem to fall short of set safety standards, regulating the market. There will also be three “gateways” introduced at higher risk buildings at least 18 meters or 6 storeys high.

The three gateways are the:

  • Design Stage – prior to granted planning permission, the BSR will consult stakeholders to assess various design matters. These could be fire safety and water supply for example.
  • Construction Stage – The client will submit evidence to the BSR showing all building regulations relating to construction have been complied with.
  • Management Stage – the client will submit as built building information to the BSR. This information will include emergency safety and fire files and updated plans.
  1. Environment Bill

The Environment Bill will obviously put the environment at the centre of the policy. The government has made considerable promises towards greener and more sustainable construction practices that are evident within government construction tenders.

The Environment Bill will introduce a framework for legally binding environmental targets, establishing a new independent Office for Environmental Protection. This further reinstates the current mandatory weighting on social value within government construction tenders. This minimum 10% social value weighting assesses the environmental, social and economic aspects of a tender.

The Bill will focus on reducing waste and revolutionise how we recycle, enhancing local powers to tackle environmental issues. These include pollution, securing water supplies and protecting nature to improve biodiversity.

  1. Planning Bill

The Planning Bill will create a faster, simpler and more modern planning system. It’s to replace the current one, Section 106, that dates back to 1947. Instead, the Infrastructure Levy will be introduced. The plan is to deliver vital infrastructure whilst at the same time protect the nearby environment. This is likely to affect planning tenders and government construction tenders.

There will be an introduction of simpler and quicker frameworks. This will be for funding infrastructure that assesses environmental impacts and opportunities. A traffic light system will be introduced with the UK divided up by local councils. Areas will be designated for either:

  • Growth
  • Protection
  • Renewal
  1. Procurement Bill

The Procurement Bill is probably the most relevant to government construction tenders. It will simplify procurement within the public sector, reforming the current regime. This will make public procurement even more accessible for SMEs, charitable and social enterprises. It hopes to encourage a more competitive and level playing field, allowing them to win public contracts.

The Queen outlines the government’s plans to replace the seven current procurement procedures with three:

  • Competitive Flexible Procedure
  • Open Procedure
  • Negotiated Procedure to be renamed as the Limited Tendering Procedure.

These new procedures will come into place in September 2021, hoping to improve transparency within public procurement.

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Lift Maintenance, Services & Repairs ITT

St Albans City & District Council- Scotland- Budget: Undisclosed

Scunthorpe, Burringham Road, Manor Park

North Lincolnshire Council- East Midlands- Budget: Undisclosed

Fixed Electrical Wiring Test and Inspection – Port of Ramsgate and The Royal Harbour

Thanet District Council- South East- Budget: £46,000

Quick Quote – New Flooring to the Victoria Pier, Sea Terminal Building

Isle of Man Government- International- Budget: Undisclosed

Contract for Supply & Installation of New Play Equipment for Parrys Park / Grosvenor Heights

City & County of Swansea- Wales- Budget: Undisclosed

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