The UK was one of eight pilot countries which tested a set of principles and guidelines by disclosing Report Cards and Assurance Team Reports from 8 projects from 4 participating clients: Broadland Housing Association, Durham Country Council, the Environment Agency and the Highways Agency. It demonstrated that pro-active disclosure of project information is feasible and highlighted compliance / non-compliance with regulations, policy and best practice standards, and areas for improvement. Each client found the experience of participating in the pilot beneficial and has expressed their support for the initiative going forward.
The UK Government has agreed to support the Multi-Stakeholder Group (MSG) as part of its Open Government Partnership Action Plan by helping 'to identify suitable projects for the application of Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST) in the UK'.
The MSG is also engaging with a number of different sectors to identify clients who wish to test the process of client led disclosure on demonstration construction projects and programmes. As for the public sector, it is now beginning to engage with two London local authorities which offers the possibility of two trial projects using the cost methodology.
The MSG has also developed a communications strategy, and is continuing the search for new funding.
The MSG provides leadership, sets policy standards, steers implementation and consults with government, civil society groups, professional institutions, client organisations and industry. The Institution of Civil Engineers hosts the MSG and appoints an independent chairman with representatives drawn from:
- Association for Consultancy and Engineering,
- Broadlands Housing Association
- Chartered Institute of Building
- Civil Engineering Contractors Association,
- Environment Agency
- Hackney Homes
- Highways Agency
- National Consumer Federation
- Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
- Transparency International UK
UK CoST Coordinator
CoST United Kingdom website