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Tool to boost digital transformation council construction projects

A new tool from the Construction Innovation Hub has launched to help local authorities to transform how they design, build and use their buildings digitally.

The Local Authority Government Soft Landings' (GSL) Interactive Navigator has been 
developed in association with the National Association of Construction Frameworks (NACF) and the Local Government Association (LGA) to help councils get the most out of their buildings and estates.

The GSL framework asks and answers key questions about how a building or asset will be 
used to ensure that user needs are central to the design and construction process.

It also supports a smooth transition (soft landing) between design and construction teams and the people that operate and use public buildings and facilities.

Commenting, Construction Innovation Hub’s Digital Impact Director, David Philp said:

“Government Soft Landings (GSL) is all about a focus on the long-term use and performance of an asset, which is especially important for local councils who manage a complex portfolio of buildings and assets and have to consider value for money for the taxpayer, as well as delivering on their commitments to reduce carbon emissions.

“GSL is fundamental to maintaining the ‘golden thread’ of a facility’s purpose by aligning the 
interests of those who commission, design and construct an asset with those who use and maintain it.

“The approach supports greater collaborative work, best practice and shared learnings throughout the supply chain so all partners embrace a whole life mindset and are 
working to a shared goal of putting people's needs at the heart of construction.

“Whole life value is at the heart of these projects and at the very core of the Government Soft Landings approach, as its guidance puts the end user at the heart of the planning, design and construction process.”

Chair of NACF, Keith Heard added: “The need to improve the value offered by our construction activities is a key objective of the Local Government Soft Landings strategy.

“GSL can help to transform the briefing design, construction and handover process to 
maintain a ‘golden thread’ of a public building or facility’s purpose and also enables structured monitoring of performance standards during delivery and facility operation.

“This interactive process map will help you to practically apply GSL on your project.”

The GSL navigator is supported by a suite of tools developed by the Local Authorities Working Group to enable digital transformation in local authorities.


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