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Outputs of the BIM in Local Authorities Working Group 


Key Outputs

BIM in Local Authorities Video

Created with the input of a range of local authorities on our working group we have produced a short video. This is aimed at senior council staff and councillors which sets out the benefits of adoption and features a case study from Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and is aimed at supporting other local authorities to take the first step on the BIM journey.  The real value of BIM for local authorities is making sure that your data is in the right place, at the right time and in the right format. In particular, establishing a reliable and accessible data set will significantly speed up your organisation’s planning, risk assessments, action planning and reporting, as well as compliance assurance. importantly, implementing digital ways of working and data management processes will help to deliver against policy drivers around the environment, health and safety and operational efficiency. Of course, the cost of BIM implementation needs to be proportionate and you can start with a ‘light touch’ proof of concept first stage may be management or file storage systems, such as Microsoft SharePoint or Teams.  BIM is about more than creating 3-D models – it is about providing reliable access to information that allows you to efficiently plan, design, construct and operate your estates and assets.  


Roadmap and Toolkit

Please find below the BIM Early Steps Roadmap and Toolkit (via which is designed to enable local authorities to transform and put innovation at the heart of how they plan, procure build and operate their buildings and estates. 

Local Authority Government Soft Landings (GSL) Interactive Navigator

The Local Authority Government Soft Landings (GSL) Interactive Navigator  developed in association with the National Association of Construction Frameworks (NACF) and the Local Government Association (LGA) is designed to help councils to get the most out of their buildings and estates. It 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.For local authorities looking to take the next step in their digital journey these introductory tools will be supplemented by a Government Soft Landings navigator for local authorities later in the spring which provides a framework to put building user needs at the heart of the design, build and handover of buildings. 

Applying Government Soft Landings and delivering the golden thread of data in a local authority context

The Applying Government Soft Landings and delivering the golden thread of data in a local authority context is a focused on how Local Authorities can better meet the demands of reducing carbon emissions, improving services against increasing pressures on budget and pending legislation. By taking a collaborative approach to to the planning, construction and management of assets and service delivery to help unlock hidden benefits, deliver capital cost benefits and deliver better outcomes across the whole lifecycle of an asset. Getting this right could deliver  substantial savings of tens of millions of pounds across the sector.

Thought Leadership papers

The thought leadership paper Impacts and benefits of incorporating the TIP Roadmap (2030), Construction Playbook and Value Toolkit for Local Authorities sets out how the UK Government has developed or supported three key documents and productivity initiatives that are covered in this paper. These approaches are set out to drive value from the assets delivered across the public sector.  The approaches should be viewed as a nested complementary approach that aids effective delivery of programmes and projects whose briefs better articulate broader outcomes rather than an overriding focus on capital cost.

The second thought leadership paper Impacts and benefits of incorporating TIP Roadmap (2030), Construction Playbook and Value Toolkit for Local Authorities, can evolve a higher degree of collaboration and alignment to help identify what is important throughout the whole life of an asset, with the potential to deliver significant social value and capital cost efficiencies.

Read the third thought leadership paper - Taking a stepped approach to digital transformation in the local authority sector which explores how adopting digital approaches to project initiation, delivery, handover and operations will support in improving collaboration and ownership of outcomes.