This Briefing Note has been produced as one of a series of briefing notes developed by the Scottish Government to disseminate learning experiences from operational PPP projects. During 2007, the Scottish Government undertook extensive consultation with the operational managers responsible for managing accommodation PPP projects in Scotland. The results of their experiences have been recorded within this briefing note in the form of recommendations regarding the approaches and actions to take at different stages in a PPP project. Although the research is based on accommodation projects, it is expected to be applicable to projects in all sectors. It supports the calibration of the sector specific payment mechanisms included within the standard contracts. Where appropriate its recommendations will be incorporated into the Key Stage Review and Gateway processes which are implemented at various stages within capital procurement processes in Scotland.