On any construction project it is critically important to select the right method of procuring the construction works. Not only is it important to choose the right contractor but it is vital that the contract documentation and form of contract is appropriate to the project.
In simple terms procurement is the process used to obtain construction projects. It involves the selection of a contractual framework that clearly identifies the structure of responsibilities and authorities for participants within the building process.
A number of different procurement routes and options exist in the construction industry:-
- Traditional (Design-bid-build)
- Design and Build (Turnkey or EPC type contracts)
- Management Contracting
- Construction Management
- Design and Manage
- Framework Agreements
MCE is experienced with contract formation and procurement methods, understands the risks and opportunities that each procurement method introduces into the project dynamic, and has the knowledge and experience to guide clients towards selecting the best procurement route.
We have specific knowledge of many standard contract forms of contracts available from industry bodies such as AIA, NEC, JCT, FIDIC which may be selected as they stand, or modified to meet our client’s needs. We are also able to draft or advice on bespoke forms of contracts.
Our procurement and contract formation services are available not only to owners but also to main contractors and subcontractors. Through our legal affiliates we are also able to offer health checks on existing contracts to identify risk and to ensure compliance with statutory legislation.