Webinar: Affordable housing – pressures; innovations and impacts: Value-led procurement


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The second webinar in this series explored what "value" is and how alternative procurement approaches can avoid the "race to the bottom".

The affordable housing sector has a number of policy demands placed upon it; addressing the housing crisis (delivery of a new-build pipeline) and the climate crisis (adopting net zero carbon measures) as well as maintaining homes to a "decent" standard and undertaking works required by the upcoming Building Safety legislation.

None of these policy demands are cheap or easily delivered: but there are common features to possible effective solutions: solutions that are fit for the 21st century; that improve, upskill and modernise our construction industry; and that avoid the problems created by procurement solutions based on lowest price and "a race to the bottom". In turn, such solutions adopted by the affordable housing sector must be cognisant of the impact they have on the people that live in the homes created, and the wider community.

This series runs bi-weekly, exploring different parts of a potential solution to the demands faced in the affordable housing sector, bringing together key sector experts for in-depth conversations

The second webinar in this series focused on value-led procurement, and what "value" is and how alternative procurement approaches can avoid the "race to the bottom" and secure safety and quality.

Ann Bentley outlined her work with the Construction Innovation Hub around developing a wider concept of "value" and a toolkit for value-led public sector procurement and Richard Harral discussed procurement priorities and how value can underpin any procurement process.

Speakers included:

  • Ann Bentley, Global Board Director, Rider Levett Bucknall
  • Richard Harral, Technical Director, CABE
  • Rebecca Rees, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins

The webinar recording can be viewed below:

To view the recording of the first webinar in this series which looked at the benefits of adopting MMC as part of the solution to the current housing and climate crisis, click here.

To sign up to the other webinars in this series, please click the links below:

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