Fusion21 Energy Efficiency Framework is a specialist UK-wide framework supporting energy efficiency improvements. Lot 3 of the Framework covers cladding and associated works for both domestic and non-domestic buildings, including curtain walling and innovative thermal performance improvement measures.
This framework was created to ensure best practice, compliance, assurance, quality and innovation and resident safety is at the heart of the fire safety measures. The Framework is accessible to public bodies throughout England and Wales.
As a single source framework it offers clients a streamlined, consistent procurement process to gain access to experienced contractors already vetted for quality, durability and competitiveness. Procurement Hub is part of Places for People, one of the UK’s largest property management, development and regeneration companies.
This is achieved through –
1. Design Build Form Of Contract : The Clients top aspiration should be to have an identifiable Hackitt ‘stakeholder’ – one party singularly responsible, that provides clear recourse in the event of failure irrespective of cause being design, materials or workmanship.
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 : Set out only simple, high level requirements such as the end product must meet or surpass current regulations and require tenderers to state warranty periods, maintenance requirements and provide references, sample warranty, evidence of longevity etc etc. Usually the ER’s will include a Specification and simple Design intent drawings.
3. Contractors Proposals : These are detailed ‘offers’ made by Contractors comprising full details, chapter and verse supported by evidence of proven performance of exactly what is being offered to allow comprehensive assessment by the client team. Typically, CP’s will include:
4. Tender Assessment : It follows that given the magnitude of the Contractor’s 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. 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. Testimonials from recent past clients are a valuable source of information on intangibles such as disruption, programming skills, customer care etc. Other searching questions should be asked during the assessment such as how long has the company been trading and what is there litigation record.
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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