Achieving Best Value through Construction Procurement – the new British Standard (BS 8534)

Organiser: Centre for Construction Innovation
Location: CUBE, 113-115 Portland Street, Manchester, M1 6DW
Phone: 0161 295 5076

BS 8534:2011 – "Construction procurement policies, strategies and procedures -Code of practice" gives recommendations and guidance on the development of policies, strategies and procedures for the procurement of construction in the built environment.

In contrast to its sister standard, BS ISO 10845 – Construction procurement, which provides the detail, BS 8534 takes a top level approach which will be useful to all procurers of construction work within both the private and public sectors. It will also be helpful to supply chain teams which procure sub-contracted labour.

BS 8534 responds to industry demand for consistency in the way construction work is procured and in the engagement of the supply chain in the project decision making process. "BSI strongly believes that the construction industry will benefit from the introduction of a high level best-practice framework in this area since it will; eliminate wasteful processes in design, procurement and construction; facilitate fair competition, reduce the possibilities of abuse; improve predictability of outcome and allow the demonstration of best value procurement across the life span of the project."

Implementation of the new procurement standard in the public sector will also help achieve a co-ordinated approach resulting in cost savings and therefore better value for taxpayers. Improving the construction procurement process is also the aim of the HM Government Low Carbon Action Plan, the Infrastructure Cost Review, and the Construction Strategy.

The Centre for Construction Innovation is delighted to introduce the development team for the standard. Speakers will include:

Peter Caplehorn, Scott Brownrigg, Chair of BSI B/- Construction Committee

David Hutchison, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Alan Hall, BSI

Peter McDermott, Centre for Construction Innovation and Construction Committee Member


To reserve a place please contact Nancy Porter at or telephone 0161 295 5076 with the name, organisation, and email address of anyone wishing to attend.

There is no separate charge for this event, but please note that due to the popularity of these events, places are available on a first-come first-served basis.