Government Soft Landings

Government Soft Landings is about adopting a mind-set and a process to align design and construction with operational asset management and purpose. This alignment means that the needs of the end-user, will be considered and addressed throughout the design process. Designers and contractors will be involved with the building beyond its construction completion to ensure that handover becomes a smooth process, operators are trained, and optimum performance outcomes become a focus of the whole team.

How it works

By adopting the mind-set and process required by Government Soft Landings we can align the interests of procurers, constructors and designers with users and operators. Taking the actions below will achieve this alignment:

  1. Engage with end users throughout design and delivery process
  2. Set clear targets and measures for:
  • Functionality & Effectiveness; so that the working environment is conducive to productivity and social well-being.
  • Operational and capital costs; to reduce costs in construction and operation.
  • Environmental Performance; to meet carbon and other sustainability targets.
  • Commission the facility with the inclusion of training in partnership with end users
  • Assess performance for at least three years post completion to establish outcomes and lessons learnt
  • Involve the design team in the early operating phase to tune performance and ensure target outcomes

How it works with BIM

As the project progresses and design is developed a significant amount of information and data can be used to answer these questions about performance. As BIM is developed it will become possible to automatically collect a lot of this data. It is anticipated that through the use of BIM, operational information will be collected in seconds and not the hours that it would have taken before.

What it means for the client

GSL provides the client with an opportunity to achieve assets that:

  • Achieve the performance outcomes specified at the outset of the project.
  • Address operational needs and running costs adding to the efficiency of their business.
  • Are cheaper to construct and operate and do not require changes after handover because user and operator needs have been assessed throughout the design process
  • Meet their optimum performance much quicker because they will have designers and the construction team involved in optimising their operation.

Clients learn to understand how design will influence operational costs and service delivery.

To achieve the above clients must have their operators and users involved throughout the design and construction process as powerful influencers of decision making. This is achieved through the engagement of a GSL Lead or Champion for the project.

Clients will also need to look at the use of assets for up to three years from the start of operations, and assess how well the design, its maintenance and use has been carried out in supporting it to meet its original performance targets.

The client procurement teams need to consider how these requirements for GSL are purchased. Documents are being prepared to reflect these new requirements along with further guidance for GSL.

Guidance for the implementation of GSL is being developed for the departments and a Stewardship Group is also being established for GSL Department Leads.