Appraise the options

There are always different ways to deliver projects. Choosing the right option will depend on what you consider to be valuable.

You should consider:

Consider value of all options – not just cost

Yes cost is always important but it shouldn’t be the only factor. Lowest initial price (often achieved through lowest price competitive tendering) does not equate to value. At the very least you should consider the cost of an asset over its whole life not just its design and construction costs.

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Consider social requirements

Always consider how you can deliver social benefits alongside the construction of an asset – look to maximise the value of your investment.

You should consider:

  • Training opportunities for local people
  • Upskilling opportunities
  • Job opportunities – safeguarding existing jobs, creating new ones and offering opportunities for long term unemployed and those socially disadvantaged to get work experience
  • Local community issues and needs

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Ensure environmental impacts are addressed

  • Consider following an accredited environmental accreditation scheme such as BREEAM, CEEQUAL or the Code for
  • Sustainable Homes – unless already required to do so through regulation and funding conditions.
  • Always look for opportunities to increase biodiversity

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