Furniture fixtures and equipment FF&E
This might be procured separately to the main construction contract (or elements of them), particularly by clients that already have systems in place for procuring fixed and loose furniture, fittings and equipment, for example schools, universities, or hospitals.
It is very important under such circumstances to define very clearly which contract every element of FF&E is within (for example there may still be unusual or large items that it may be more sensible to procure under the may contract). It is also important to ensure that any building work required for the installation of such items is identified and procured, that any services required (such as power or drainage) are identified and that the installation of FF&E is properly integrated into the main contract.
Requirements that affect the main contract might include:
- Built in equipment requiring mechanical or electrical connections such as fume cupboards or drinks stations. A description of built in equipment should include; location, size, and requirements for power, air, water, drainage and telecommunications connection.
- Built in equipment that does not require services such as cupboards or shelving. These should be described in terms of their location and size.
- Stand alone loose furniture and equipment requiring services, such as washing machines, coffee machines and scanning equipment in hospitals. These should be described in terms of their location, size, and requirements for power, air, water, drainage and telecommunications connection.
- Stand alone loose furniture and equipment not requiring services such as tables and chairs. These should be described in terms of their location and size.
FF&E can be procured from specialist suppliers, or suppliers with whom the client already has a long term relationship. This may include maintenance arrangements. Some elements may be specially designed by FF&E designers or sourced by FF&E consultants.
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