Construction Playbook

26 May 2021      Ashley Shelbrooke, HEPA and Project Specialist

The Cabinet Office have recently released a series of Playbooks aimed at providing guidance for Government buyers in the categories of Sourcing, Consultancy and Construction.  This article focuses on the Construction Playbook; you can find out more about the Sourcing and Consultancy Playbooks here.

The Construction Playbook captures commercial best practice and outlines the Government’s expectations of how contracting authorities and suppliers should engage with each other (as well as detailing some sector specific reforms).


There are 14 policies detailed in the Playbook; these are:

  1. Commercial pipelines
  2. Market health and capability assessments
  3. Portfolios and longer term contracting
  4. Harmonise, digitise and rationalise demand
  5. Further embed digital technologies
  6. Early supply chain involvement
  7. Outcome-based approach
  8. Benchmarking and Should Cost Models
  9. Delivery model assessments
  10. Effective contracting
  11. Risk allocation
  12. Payment mechanism and pricing approach
  13. Assessing the economic and financial standing of suppliers
  14. Resolution planning

You can download the Constriction Playbook here, which is the result of collaboration between the public and private sector.

Should Cost Modelling

A set of Should Cost Modelling (SCM) tools and templates have been released to accompany the playbook; you can download these tools and templates here.  An SCM is generated from benchmarking data from past projects around costs, schedule, carbon emissions and outcomes to forecast what a project or programme should cost over its whole life, including both the build phase and the expected design life.

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