In summary, the PCSA is a two stage procurement process:
The provision of advice to, and assistance and collaboration with, the client team to develop the preliminary design and agree the final design, cost plan and programme.
This detailed, collaborative process reconciles all facets of the scheme and may conclude with a full-size mock-up being installed on the building ensuring all parties are fully familiar with both the design and the installation process.
An important feature of this two-stage process is that the client is under no obligation to proceed beyond the end of Stage One.
Should the client wish to proceed, information gleaned from Stage One is subsequently issued for tender as Stage Two of the process with the successful tenderer being awarded the main contract.
Benefits of This Approach
With the full project team assembled at the outset, the PCSA provides the greatest certainty of successful project outcome:
• enables input from the specialist early-on in the procurement process
• permits technical due diligence and competency assessments to be undertaken
• develops cost certainty as the design develops
• allows benchmarking with market rates and past projects
• delivers programme savings
The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 are a very good fit with the PCSA approach, each seeking to make the contractor singularly responsible for the project from concept to completion.