Could social value points decide public tender outcomes?

Procurement Policy Note (PPN) 01/21 mandates that from 1 June 2022 tenders for projects funded by the Government of Northern Ireland must allocate a minimum of 10 per cent of the total award criteria to social value.  This minimum weighting will apply to architect’s services contracts at or above the threshold set out in the Public Contracts Regulations.

How an architects’ practice scores in the social value assessment could be a determining factor in winning or losing a project.

To help RSUA members understand how social value will be assessed at tender stage we have arranged a seminar with the Strategic Investment Board (SIB) who is leading on the implementation of this policy. The session will consist of a short presentation by SIB followed by a Q&A session.

In advance of attending the seminar we recommend viewing the pre-recorded overview video for Services Suppliers at Buy Social NI. The presentation at the seminar won’t be a re-run of the content in the video.

If you have any questions please email in advance, but it will be more likely that SIB will be able to provide answers on the day.

This seminar will not cover assessment of social value at prequalification stage, which at least one public sector client appears to be pursuing. RSUA will be engaging with that client separately.

Attend: The event will be held online via Zoom. To attend, please register below. The deadline for registration is Thursday 30 June 2022. You will be emailed a link to the meeting after registering.

If any registration issues are experienced, or if you have any questions, please email Courtney.