Policy paper

Common Minimum Standards

The relevant mandatory standards which construction project team members in government should implement.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Document

Common Minimum Standards for procurement of the built environments in the public sector (pdf, 301kb)

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The Common Minimum Standards for procurement of the built environments in the public sector set out the relevant mandatory standards which construction project team members in Government should implement.
 
The CMS document does not in itself introduce new standards but summarises existing government policy.  Compliance with these standards is considered to represent cost effectiveness, however their practical application by individual procurers should be considered on a project-specific basis, within the context of practicality, achievability and value for money (defined as the optimum combination of whole-life cost and quality to meet user requirements. Procurers will be expected to comply with these standards unless it can be clearly demonstrated that one or more of them fall outside of the above criteria).

Published 15 May 2012