Tendering is a two stage process: first prices are obtained the work, then the contract is let to the successful bidder. This requires:

  • Detailed plans of the work to be done, See Detailed design for more details.
  • A method of agreeing the price to be paid for the work and for any variations
  • A specification of the quality of work required
  • A pre-tender safety plan to highlight possible hazards. The CDM regulations require this. See Planning Supervisor for more details.
  • The contract for the work. This helps to resolve any disputes that arise

The tendering process is important for a number of reasons:

  • It ensures contractors are pricing for exactly the same work, and hence ensures bidding is fair
  • It is critical to ensure quality of the finished project
  • Risk is managed clearly through the contract documents

As specialists in this kind of work, our standard documents can be easily adjusted to your own project needs. We can also assist you to select suitable contractors.

There may also be other considerations to take into account in choosing your contractor, such as how long they need to complete your project, which affects how long your site will be disrupted, and balancing quality of workmanship against cost. Our experience means that we can advise you on these aspects as well.

The contract documents clearly define everyone's duties, and how disputes should be resolved if they arise. The contracts that we recommend are based on tried and tested standard documents that are fair to both client and contractor.