Nottingham Trent University (NTU), alongside strategic partner Morgan Sindall Construction, are delighted to be working with the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) on one of their four pilot schemes to improve procurement practices for public sector builds.

NTU and Morgan Sindall Construction are co-delivering the Innovation Driven Procurement (IDP) project on live construction sites in the Midlands. The procurement approach will focus on an integrated and early stage collaboration between the three tiers in the supply chain and innovate processes and practices to improve productivity.

The scheme is leveraging collaborative technology to support design, buildability and quality advice to drive innovation, cost savings, and improvements.


Supply chain procurement generally doesn’t provide sufficient opportunity for value-based collaboration between Main Contractor and Sub-Contractor and Sub-Sub-Contractor or Sub-Contractor Operatives.

Supply chains are locked in a cycle of low margins, dysfunctional relationships and variable quality of training (ICE, 2018)

Productivity in the construction sector has plateaued whilst the service sector has improved output by 30% and manufacturing by 50%

Strengthen the working relationships between parties


Provide an enabling environment for supply chain to develop better processes and solutions for improved productivity

Provide benefit to all parties with particular focus on subcontractors

Sub-Contractor Operatives, Sub-Sub-Contractor, Supply Chain (Tier 3)

Main Contractor (Tier 1)

Sub-Contractor (Tier 2)


Four short training modules co-designed with the sector to provide insights into collaboration and innovation and how these can be used in the workplace.  Each module is approximately 20 minutes.


The IDP initiative is also offering an opportunity for construction businesses to address productivity challenges and benefit from up to 12 hours of free consultancy support, coaching and inhouse training by experts as part of an innovation challenge projects call.

“We are excited by the opportunity to work with the CITB on a sector challenge, and to build on our strategic relationship with Morgan Sindall Construction. We’re looking forward to working across the supply chain to show how innovation and an integrated value-based procurement approach can affect cultural and behavioural change, and impact on productivity.” - Dr Andrew Knight, NTU’s Dean of the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment

“We believe that value and innovation benefits are created at every level within the construction industry, and we’re therefore excited about working with our partner NTU to identify and realise these benefits.” - Sean Bowles, Morgan Sindall Managing Director