What is the Traditional contract procurement?
“Traditional contract procurement is the most commonly used procurement route, due to it having been in existence for so long it is more widely understood. Traditional procurement involves the separation of design and construction. This route begins with the client appointing consultants (or design team) to design the project in response to the clients brief. The tender documents for the project are then put together by the consultants, which will include drawings, bills of quantities and schedules. Contractors will then have the option to submit a tender for the project on a competitive basis. The contractor is therefore not responsible for any of the design, though some contracts may specify the need for a contractor to design some parts of the works. The client will usually keep the consultants on board throughout the construction phase in case of any further design information is required, or to review or change any aspects of the design. The consultants will also often be used to inspect the works on site to ensure the work is being completed as designed. Typically, one member of the design team will be appointed as the contract administrator for the project. This is commonly the lead architect or project manager on the project, and their role includes administering change control procedures, issuing instructions based on the client’s wishes, considering claims, ensuring project documentation is issued to the client, issuing interim or practical completion certificates and resolving disputes among many others.