| Commentary

4 Traditional contracting

| Commentary

2: SYSTEMS OF BUILDING PROCUREMENT

4 Traditional contracting

In its pure form, traditional contracting is an arrangement under which the employer commissions the design of the works from an architect or engineer1 and then invites the contractor to tender on the basis of the completed design2. In theory therefore the contractor has no responsibility for any part of the design but undertakes merely to carry out and complete the work as specified3.

A second feature of this form of procurement is that a single main contractor undertakes total responsibility to the employer for all the work of construction. In so far as

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