A meeting took place last Friday the 25th January, between the Construction Professionals’ Council for Northern Ireland (CPCNI) and Sue Gray, the Permanent Secretary for the Department of Finance and Des Armstrong, Chief Executive of the Construction & Procurement Delivery (CPD), to discuss the recent discontinuation of the procurement of construction consultants to the Government Estate Rationalisation Framework. CPCNI was represented by Denise McMahon, Colin McCarthy, Jim Sammon and Ciarán Fox.
The meeting was an open and positive engagement focused on seeking a shared understanding of what led to the framework discontinuation, the serious implications of it for the construction Industry in Northern Ireland and opportunities for positive next steps.
The Permanent Secretary has agreed to consider the points raised and a further meeting has been arranged for this Friday, after which point we aim to be in a position to give a detailed update to all member bodies within the CPCNI.
We are acutely aware that the discontinuation has caused alarm across the construction professions and we are determined to address all of the salient points you have raised in our next update.