Procurement is the key determinant of project outcome. This is especially true when procuring highly complex, specialist Overcladding for high rise 1960’s buildings.
We encourage our prospective clients to adopt the following simple process to ensure success:-
1. Form Of Contract : Clients must have a Hackitt ‘stakeholder’ – a party that is singularly responsible, that provides clear recourse in the event of failure. One single party must be responsible for the end product being ‘fit for purpose’. The only way to achieve this is by adopting a wholly non-prescriptive, pure, Design Build Form of Contract where Clients simply state their high level Employer Requirements and invite Contractors Proposals. The result is clear roles and responsibilities, avoiding the ambiguity or the ‘merry-go-round’ common to failed cladding projects where system suppliers (who have no contractual role or responsibility) secure specifications from Clients and/or Consultants who in turn design, prescribe or novate them to Contractors for construction. The d+b facades stands for design + build, the only Form of Contract we use, this reduces risk of failure because it has the added benefit of making us extra vigilant, in order to safe guard our reputation and future.
2. Employers Requirements : These are simple high level requirements such as the end product must meet or surpass today’s standards, last a very long time (in order to be sustainable, achieve carbon neutral and payback the capital cost of refurbishment) and it must be desirable, of high enough quality to meet the rising expectations of occupants without the need for periodic maintenance.
3. Contractors Proposals : These are detailed ‘offers’ made by Contractors. The proposals comprise chapter and verse of what is being offered to allow comprehensive assessment by the client team.
4. Tender Assessment : It follows that given the magnitude of the Contractors role and responsibility, tenders or offers are thoroughly scrutinised by the Client team. Reference must be made to the oldest past project comparable as the only true indicator of future performance is past performance. Anticipated or predicted performance assertions are disregarded in preference to proven, empirical evidence of performance. Every assessment criteria is readily assessed by reference to past projects including the long term performance of the product and the capability of the company in terms of both technical design and installation.
5. Award : Appointment is best made in 2 stages. Stage 1 is to survey and develop the designs culminating in a full size, in-situ mock-up, that fully and physically demonstrates the proposals for the client team and the occupants. Only when and if, the client is fully satisfied with the Contractors Proposals do the parties enter into a Contract for stage 2, the construction phase, which is entirely de-risked as a consequence of good procurement, affording all parties the holy grail, certainty of outcome.
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