Cost Management / Quantity Surveying

Advice on Contract Procedures

  • Examination of all possible contract/procurement options
  • Variety of contractual/tendering options
  • Philosophy of attaining best value, not ‘first past the post’
  • Identifying key criteria and drivers for a project
  • Preparation of contract documentation

Bruce Shaw examines all possible contract/procurement options and advises on the most appropriate option for a specific project. Contractual/tendering options include the traditional method of tendering, two-stage tendering, negotiated contracts, management contracts, design and construct contracts and construction management contracts.

Bruce Shaw has no allegiance to any particular forms or methods of procurement and has current experience of all of the major options available. The company does not subscribe to a “first past the post” philosophy but in attainment of best value.

The company advocates identifying, prior to selecting a procurement route, the key criteria and drivers for a project, which is typically a balance between programme control, the process for achieving cost certainty, equitable risk allocation, maximising off-site fabrication, specialist sub-contractor involvement and contemporary management principles.

Once the most appropriate Procurement Option has been selected, Bruce Shaw prepares the conditions under which contractors will tender the project including Preliminaries/General Conditions and also provides advice on the adequacy of the levels of insurance, liquidated damages, dates for completion etc. Finally, the company prepares the tender documents including detailed Bills of Quantities, Instructions to Tenderers and Forms of Tender.