Choosing the right procurement method—construction projects
Choosing the right procurement method—construction projects

The following Construction practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Choosing the right procurement method—construction projects
  • Time
  • Complexity of arrangements
  • Nature and scope of construction
  • Quality
  • Changes during construction
  • Cost certainty
  • Design and build responsibility
  • Risk
  • Control

This Practice Note identifies the factors to consider when choosing which form of procurement to use for a construction project. It looks at factors relating to time (both the time available before work starts and the duration of the project), the nature and scope of the works, quality control and cost certainty.

In certain situations, the choice of procurement or form of contract may be determined by external factors such as the funding arrangements or a developer's company policy to always use the same form of procurement. Alternatively an architect may have decided on a particular method based on the nature and complexity of a project. However, where a choice is still to be made, the decision needs to be made carefully and with proper consideration given to the various factors. It is important to note that the form of contract cannot be settled until the method of procurement and type of contract has been established.

The remainder of this Practice Note lists the issues which a developer and its professional team should consider when deciding on the method of procurement and type of contract. Flowcharts:

  1. Is traditional procurement the appropriate procurement route?—flowchart

  2. Is design and build the appropriate procurement route?—flowchart, and

  3. Is management contracting the appropriate procurement route?—flowchart

also show the decision making process that may be followed.

(Note that, in relation to partnering (see

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