Perfect for both experienced and inexperienced construction clients

The ‘traditional contract’ procurement route is the most commonly used method of procuring building works. The client first communicates with an architect to obtain the initial drawings relevant for both planning permission and building regulations approval, and for contractors to eventually price from.

A client may also approach a structural engineer to source relevant structural calculations necessary for the project. These drawings and calculations, along with perhaps a form of tender and proposed schedule of works, are then bundled together by the architect, or assigned agent, into a tender package which is then released to contractors to submit their tenders.

The chosen contractor is not responsible for the design other than temporary works, and the client retains the architectural agent during the construction phase. This agent can also be appointed to administer the contract.

This procurement route normally allows for a lump-sum contract and is suitable for both experienced and inexperienced clients. It gives clients certainty on design quality and overall cost, not including any potential change orders that may arise from unforeseen works i.e. substructure elements relating to Building Control requests, and a change of spec/design from the client’s side.

It is also less risky, as the contractor takes the financial risk for construction.

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