Target cost contract definition

What does Target cost contract mean?

A type of cost reimburseable contract under which the contractor is paid the ‘actual cost’ it incurs in carrying out the works, but is subject to a target cost which is agreed by the parties at the beginning of the project. At the end of the project, the parties apply a mechanism/formula to calculate whether savings were made or whether costs overran—the contractor will then either share the savings with the employer or contribute towards the overspend.

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