Procurement For Construction Why Is It Important?

Date: November 23, 2022

Procurement For Construction - A Brief Description.

The procurement process is necessary to ensure that materials / labour are available to enable the construction phase to be executed and completed as per the project construction programme.

One of the easiest and best ways of communicating the procurement process is by creating a procurement programme.

The procurement programme outlines not only the materials to be used but also the subcontractors as well.

In simple terms, the procurement programme is all about sourcing labour and materials and is vital for effective construction planning.


The procurement process is not as simple as it may appear.

The purchasing procedure must guarantee that only high-quality materials that adhere to all applicable regulations are used in the building process. 

Failure to do so can have severe consequences on construction planning and the overall construction programme at a later date.

Simultaneously, they must ensure that all government restrictions and guidelines are followed to avoid any penalties or violations of the law. 

In addition to that, ideally, materials should match the allocated budget laid out in the cost plan, plus favourable terms can be had for securing materials early, and potential material shortages can be navigated.


Something to think about.

To emphasize how important a procurement programme is, think about this: 

If lead in times are not accurate, e.g., for steel erection, cladding, etc, this can cause significant delays and have a devastating effect on the overall contract programme.

If all of the above criteria are met, the procurement programme will ensure a smooth transition from the design phase to the construction phase.




Let's take a look at a few of the more important reasons there’s a need for a procurement programme:

  1. It helps you analyse previous procurement procedures and contrast the associated activities to ensure accuracy.
  2. It makes clear the total demand that must be met prior to and during the construction phase.
  3. It establishes a timeline that can successfully guarantee the right supply of labour and materials to finish the contract.
  4. It allows the use of software and tools that can handle the routine work and let you focus on the significant parts of the procurement process.
  5. It makes sure that the project is simplified and easier for the involved parties to manage.
  6. It creates friendly and organised efforts between the project team members to collaborate towards a common objective.
  7. It allows for greater transparency of the entire procurement process and is based on potential future predictions.

I hope this short post has given you some idea just how important procurement for construction works really is and how it is vital for accurate construction planning.


Kate Hewitt - Project Manager

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