Collaborative Contracting Strategy

About the Collaborative Contracting Strategy

The Collaborative Contracting Strategy is a suite of reference documents that will provide guidance to local highway authority clients and the private sector on a number of key issues that are adversely affecting performance and in some cases damaging relationships.

The phase one report includes a Scoping Document which was carried out in September 2015 and is now available. It identified the following key issues:

  • Procurement – the effectiveness of the procurement process, clarity of tender information, efficiency discounts and behaviours
  • Operational – bid team delivery, silo working and whole life cost of maintenance
  • Commercial – incentivisation and reward mechanisms, unsustainable prices, use of Target Cost
Collaborative Contracting Strategy Phase One.pdf Collaborative Contracting Strategy Phase One.docx Collaborative Contracting Strategy Phase One APPENDIX A.pdf Collaborative Contracting Strategy Phase One APPENDIX A.docx


In phase two, each subject is analysed using a risk based approach and covering;

  • Description of risk
  • Impact on the service
  • Mitigation

The various reference documents contain guidance to the mitigation. The suite of reference documents will be useful not only for those about to embark on a procurement process but also those in existing contracts that are not working effectively.

Collaborative Contracting Strategy Phase Two.pdf Collaborative Contracting Strategy Phase Two.docx


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