Awarded to Connected Places Catapult

Start date: Tuesday 12 May 2020
Value: £85,425
Company size: SME
Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government

Discovery into ’golden thread’ of building safety information

10 Incomplete applications

7 SME, 3 large

16 Completed applications

14 SME, 2 large

Important dates

Friday 14 February 2020
Deadline for asking questions
Friday 21 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT
Closing date for applications
Friday 28 February 2020 at 11:59pm GMT


Summary of the work
Following the Hackitt Review and the Building a Safer Future consultation, a proposal was made for a ‘golden thread’ of building safety information. This discovery will refine / identify options for the golden thread requirements, investigating the need for digital/ data standards and how these will help meet regulatory requirements
Latest start date
Monday 16 March 2020
Expected contract length
8 weeks
Organisation the work is for
Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government
Budget range

About the work

Why the work is being done
The implementation of recommendations from the Hackitt Review - and the Building a Safer Future public consultation -
is a core priority for MHCLG. The proposed ‘golden thread’ of building safety information is a key recommendation of the review which was subsequently accepted by MHCLG and is a priority for delivery in 2020. MHCLG understands that this will be of interest to a wide range of users and we are commissioning this discovery to help us understand the problem to be solved, understand in detail the needs of users of the golden thread, and consider what the golden thread will look like and how it will be implemented through digital standards.
Problem to be solved
MHCLG would like to conduct a discovery project to:
• identify the users of the golden thread,
• identify the issues the golden thread is intended to address (for instance accessibility to information),
• identify implementation options to address these issues,
• consider how the regulator will access the golden thread
We want to build our understanding of how the golden thread will be used and where it sits within the wider space of building safety and to enable the policy team to use this intelligence to support the development of statutory guidance on golden thread digital standards.
Who the users are and what they need to do
The hypotheses we would like to test are:

As a housing regulatory body
I need to be able to access building safety information
so that I can assess and ensure compliance with building regulations

As a designer, contractor or building owner
I need to understand my building and any risks to its fire and structural safety
so that I can ensure I am managing those risks and reporting them to the future housing regulator in a way that is compliant

As a building owner/client
I need to receive accurate as-built information about my building in a format I can use
So that I can use it to manage building safety going forward

Experts on management of building information. We presented our initial proposals in a public consultation in summer 2019 and have received and considered responses from a range of stakeholders.
Early market engagement
Any work that’s already been done
Existing team
Current phase
Not started

Work setup

Address where the work will take place
We expect the successful supplier to work regularly with MHCLG in 2 Marsham Street, London, W1P 4DF. The supplier may work 1-2 days a week off site.

MHCLG will not fund travel within London, but will fund necessary travel outside of London.
Working arrangements
The supplier is expected to work onsite alongside existing teams for at least 3 days a week. We would prefer the team to be co-located in 2 Marsham Street but expect travel for user research and other activities.

We expect the supplier to work using agile methodology.

The supplier will also be expected to work openly.
Security clearance
CTC or above is desirable as staff won’t need escorting on site. There is no requirement for supplier personnel to be security cleared.

BPSS clearance will be required to access MHCLG's ICT systems.

Please make it clear whether staff have CTC security clearance or not when submitting responses.

Additional information

Additional terms and conditions
All materials/outputs derived from the contract shall be the property of MHCLG. GDPR requirements shall be discussed and agreed with the preferred supplier at the appropriate time.

Skills and experience

Buyers will use the essential and nice-to-have skills and experience to help them evaluate suppliers’ technical competence.

Essential skills and experience
  • With examples, provide evidence of your experience in working with a multi-disciplinary team on agile projects of similar size, complexity and timelines as outlined in the Government Service Standard
  • With examples, please evidence your experience of working with a diverse range of users and stakeholders.
  • With examples, provide evidence of your experience of delivering user-centred solutions to problems.
  • With examples, please provide evidence of meeting skill requirements based on the anticipated composition of the team.
  • With examples, please provide evidence of your experience of delivering work involving data around housing and planning.
Nice-to-have skills and experience
Experience of Building Information Modelling, Facilities Management, and/or building, construction management software

How suppliers will be evaluated

All suppliers will be asked to provide a written proposal.

How many suppliers to evaluate
Proposal criteria
  • Understanding of user needs
  • Approach and methodology
  • Team structure
  • Estimated timeframes for the work
  • Technical solution
Cultural fit criteria
  • Be transparent and collaborative when making decisions
  • Challenge the status quo
  • Care deeply about users
  • Share knowledge and experience with other organisations
Payment approach
Capped time and materials
Additional assessment methods
  • Case study
  • Work history
  • Presentation
Evaluation weighting

Technical competence


Cultural fit




Questions asked by suppliers

1. Please can you confirm when the deadline is for Clarification Questions?
The deadline for asking clarification questions is Friday 21st February 2020. If any technical difficulties were experienced preventing dialling into the live Question and Answer session today please let us know, and MHCLG can look at rescheduling the session.
2. What is the weighting of the 'nice to have' skill/experience on understanding BIM software?
All questions will be scored on a scale of 0-3 (Both the Mandatory and Nice to have skills and experience.)

Up to three of the top scoring suppliers will be invited to the presentation stage.

These three top scoring suppliers will then receive a total technical score of which 5% will be based on Long list to short list answers.
3. Please can you explain in more detail what key information the Authority is looking for in answering the following question

Experience of Building Information Modelling, Facilities Management, and/or building, construction management software
The Authority is looking for the successful supplier to have experience of Building Information Modelling (FM), Facilities Management and/or building/construction management software. If the supplier has such experience then what we would be looking for when considering the application is a short summary of that experience – for instance if they have worked extensively in the construction sector or if they were experienced with software used in the sector (for instance CAD, AutoRevit etc)