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Last edited 17 Nov 2020
Public project: appointment
At various stages of the project the client may wish to appoint consultantssuch as; independent client advisers, project managers, site inspectors, contract administrators (or employer's agents) and so on. As appointments can take place at any point, they are presented here as a separate stage.
 Identifying the need to make an appointment.
The client determines the selection procedure that will be adopted. This might be a process of recommendation, research and interview, open competition (with or without design), selective competition (with or without design), or an existing relationship such as a framework agreement. The client may have to follow pre-determined procedures such as OJEU procurement rules which can cause significant delays unless implemented early in the project, as the procedures that must be followed are quite lengthy.
 Agreeing the exact nature of appointments required.
The client agrees the wording of any adverts that are required (such as OJEU adverts) and if appropriate prepares a pre-qualification questionnaire. If it has not already been done, the client prepares documentation describing the nature of the development (such as a strategic brief).
The client defines the schedule of services that will be required along with the selection criteria, form of appiontment and contract terms for the appointment. The schedule of services that will be required might include services that do not appear on standard forms of appointment, or may be considered 'additional services'. Additional services could include: post-occupancy evaluation services, the use of building information modelling (BIM), the preparation of an outline planning application and so on. For more information see the article on appointments.
 Preparing a list of possible candidates.
The candidates may be required to complete a pre-qualification questionnaire, or there may be some other assessment procedures (such as interviews) that results in the preparation of a short list invited to submit proposals. Such assessments may include evaluating experience and capability, checking professional indemnity insurance, assessing CDM competence, checking references and so on. Short-listed candidates are invited to submit proposals in response to the client's request for proposals.
 Selecting the preferred candidate and making the appointment.
The client receives and opens the candidate's proposals and makes a record of the fee proposals of each candidate. In some circumstances, fee proposals may be submitted in a sealed envelope and opened separately from the rest of the candidate's proposals so that the assessment procedure is not initially prejudiced by the fee (which it may be possible to negotiate down).
The client informs other candidates that they have been unsuccessful. It is best practice to give clearly thought-out, specific feedback to unsuccessful candidates as they have taken the time to prepare proposals, often for no fee. Candidates greatly appreciate this feedback and will be more likely to express interest in future projects.
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