As part of promoting wider learning and supporting capacity building in the built environment A&DS initiated a forum for Public Sector Clients in 2014. The forum is intended to facilitate collective discussion across the public sector on issues of mutual concern, and encourage sharing of experiences, learning and good practice across sectors. The Public Sector Client Forum aims to:
- Raise awareness of how design can add value and the importance of Client leadership in securing delivery of design quality.
- Encourage accessibility to a currently fragmented knowledge and experience base.
- Support capacity building in this influential group, and establish new contacts and networks.
Events are normally hosted and facilitated by A&DS in Glasgow or Edinburgh twice yearly and over lunch to encourage networking and discussion in an informal atmosphere. Sessions can include a mixture of guest presentations, discussions and break-out workshops focusing on a particular topic of relevance to the group. Sessions have focused on lessons from design and briefing of NHS Healthcare Projects, Sustainable Procurement and Settings for Learning in Schools.
Benefits and outputs
The forum is open to clients from across the public sector. Previous attendees include representatives from Local Authority Development & Strategy, University Estates Development, NHS, Scottish Canals and Scottish Government. External bodies are invited to attend and present on a session-by-session basis around a particular theme. A summary of key learning points form discussion, along with copies of presentations, are circulated amongst participants via email following the event for information.
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