Pilot for ground-breaking Value Toolkit takes off

Pilot for ground-breaking Value Toolkit takes off

Posted 29th April 2021

A first look at the future of informed, value-based decision-making in the built environment is now  available.  

The Construction Innovation Hub’s Value Toolkit has moved into a pivotal  phase this week, giving early implementers a chance to pilot the new approach that will drive better social, environmental, and economic outcomes from investment in the built environment. 

Already 20 early implementers have signed up to be part of the pilot phase, including Arup, Mace,  Mott MacDonald and Morgan Sindall, which will see the Value Toolkit deployed on live projects and  programme over the next six months. 

Directly supporting a key policy objective common to both the Government’s Construction Playbook  and the CLC Roadmap to Recovery, the Value Toolkit will allow policymakers and clients to make  informed decisions at every stage of the project lifecycle.  

The toolkit was developed by the Hub in collaboration with government and more than 200  organisations from industry, including ACE, IPA, CIOB, RIBA, RICS, Social Value UK and UKGBC. 

Construction Innovation Hub Impact Director for Value, Ron Lang said: 

“A lack of consistency in how value-based decision-making is approached has led to substantial gaps  developing between what organisations set out to achieve and what they end up delivering in the  built environment sector.  

“The Value Toolkit addresses this persistent challenge by providing an intuitive, user-friendly process  and suite of tools to support organisations of all sizes to make and implement value-based  decisions.” 

Rory Kennedy, Director of Capital at the Department for Education, said: 

“As the Chair of the Value Toolkit’s Project Board, I am delighted that the pilot phase is now  underway, giving clients a chance to see first-hand the benefits this resource can bring to a range of  projects and programmes. 

“The Value Toolkit is closely aligned to the Department for Education’s ambition to address today’s  needs in the school estate while also doing as much as possible to prepare for the challenges of  tomorrow. 

“As we recover from the unprecedented global crisis created by the pandemic, it is vital that the  built environment delivers value that goes beyond capital cost by addressing the increasingly  complex challenges we face, from the climate emergency to improving productivity in the  construction sector. The Value Toolkit is an exciting new resource in facing these challenges, and I  look forward to it developing through this pilot phase.” 

Construction Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:

“The construction industry is an invaluable asset to the UK’s economy and we are fully committed to  supporting its growth and development.  

“Bringing together knowledge from over 200 experts from across government and industry, this  toolkit will make it easier to determine the social and environmental benefits of the decisions made  by firms in the construction sector, helping it continue its drive to cut emissions and build back  better from the pandemic.” 

The pilot phase, which will run over the next six months, will see the Toolkit’s process and suite of  tools put through a rigorous course of testing with clients and practitioners before the final industry wide version is unveiled later in the year.  

Feedback and insights received during the pilot will be used to fine-tune the Toolkit to ensure that,  when the final version is launched, it delivers maximum benefit for as wide a range of clients as  possible.  

“I would urge clients and policymakers to use the next few months to explore the pilot version of the  Value Toolkit. Thanks to the enthusiasm, time and expertise we’ve received from experts across industry, a lasting shift towards value-based decision making is closer than ever.” Construction Innovation Hub Impact Director for Value, Ron Lang

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