Striving for Gold Standard

A practical guide to Framework selection for Public Sector Construction

The Constructing the Gold Standard Report is a significant milestone and the culmination of decades of work defining and delivering best practice for construction frameworks. SCF and NACF partners have been at the forefront, as seen by examples of good practice in the 2012 Effectiveness of Frameworks Report. The Gold Standard Report is an opportunity to share best practice and thought leadership from the UK’s leading frameworks to drive effectiveness across the 2,000+ public sector construction frameworks.

Following on from the Construction Playbook, Professor Mosey has presented a set of guidelines that shines a light on frameworks. We see the Gold Standard as an opportunity not only for us to celebrate our achievements but to look inwardly at our ambitions. The construction industry is one of constant evolution, challenges and volatility, so any good framework will tell you that it can always do more in its quest for excellence.

We recognise that the 24 recommendations set out in the report are complex. This document pulls out the fundamental principles that sit at the core of the Gold Standard guidelines and frames them in a set of simple questions and pointers that you can take to any framework.

We’ve consulted with our contractors and listened to our clients to create this resource and we hope that it helps you to ask the right questions towards a better understanding of how a Gold Standard framework should be operating.