Last edited 22 Nov 2020

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The Code of Estimating Practice, seventh edition, published by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) in 2009 suggests that a consortium is:

The group of private sector participants who have come together for the purposes of tendering for a private finance initiative (PFI) contract. Also becomes a Special Purpose Company (SPC) or Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). The generic term is project company, which is established by the preferred tenderer and is the contracting party for the project.


NB Glossary of procurement terminology, A guide for suppliers, Published by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in April 2012, defines a consortium as: ‘An unincorporated group of firms or individuals, often formed to tender for a contract with a view to forming a company or working in some other way in the event of winning.’

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