Procurement routes to meet any client/project need

Procurement is the general term for the process of obtaining goods or services. A project can undertake various procurement methods by which the initial design and actual construction of a building can be procured. The chosen route follows a strategy that best suits the overarching aims and objectives of the client. Typical considerations include time, cost, quality, and risk.

A Royal Institution of British Architects (RIBA) survey in 2012 suggested that procurement routes most commonly used by the respondents were:

86% Traditional Contract
80% Design and Build
18% Management Contracter
10% Other (Construction Manager, Private Finance Initiative, etc)

The procurement routes we offer along with brief descriptions are presented below, along with links in the sidebar to more detailed information.


Traditional Contracts

The traditional contract procurement route is the most commonly used method of procuring building works. The client typically approaches an architect in order to obtain the drawings required for their project, for planning and building control. They may also consult a structural engineer. These documents are then given to contractors to tender for.

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Management Contractor

This procurement route is where works are constructed by several separate works contractors who are ultimately managed by and contracted to a single management contractor.

Similar to a traditional contract, however, the management contractor is paid the amounts it has paid to the work contractors, alleviating the risk associated with a fixed price, alongside receiving a fee for its services, usually as a percentage.

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Construction Manager

Construction management is the procurement route whereby the client appoints numerous different contractors which are contracted to the client, but are managed by a construction manager.

The client opts to utilise the expertise of a construction manager who effectively acts as a consultant to the client, to coordinate the contracts and provide supervision throughout the project. Their role includes preparation of the programme, sorting requirements for site facilities, dividing the project into suitable work packages, etc.

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