Getting Social Value from the get go on highways projects
There is a growing consensus around the importance of social value in the infrastructure and built environment sectors. Since the publication of the Social Value Act 2012 ( Public Services Act ), social value has featured prominently in the bidding process for public sector contracts. It has also increasingly become part of non procurement activities, such as planning, as we have come to realise its usefulness for embedding social sustainability in projects.
The growing importance of social value to the built environment and infrastructure sectors is evidenced by the range of toolkits, reports and consultations that were published this year (e.g. RIBA, Institute of Civil Engineers, Construction Innovation Hub, UKGBC, Social Value Portal, RTPI).
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