Last edited 21 Oct 2020

Traditional contract: production information

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This stage is concerned with preparing the information that the contractor will need to construct the project. It should also include the completion of applications for statutory approvals.

[edit] Starting the work stage.

The lead consultant co-ordinates a start-up meeting with the client and the consultant team to pass on feedback from the previous stage, agree the programme for the preparation of production information along with its format, identification of work packages, sequencing and co-ordination procedures, including co-ordinating and integrating information from specialist contractors.

There should be a particular emphasis on equipment with long manufacturing times such as switchgear, chiller units, lifts, escalators and bespoke cladding systems, some of which may justify early ordering. The front-end construction work of service diversions, demolition, setting out , underground drainage, piling and groundworks may merit placing of preliminary contracts.

[edit] Agreeing tendering and construction procedures

The lead consultant instigates discussions with the client regarding tendering and construction. Discussions might include:

  1. The possible use of preliminary contracts (for works such as ground exploration, demolition, decontamination or site clearance).
  2. The possibility of ordering long-lead items (such as switchgear, transformers, or booking piling rigs).
  3. The form of contract and contract conditions (if this has not already been agreed).
  4. The nature of warranties and performance bonds that will be required from trade contractors.
  5. Exclusions from the contract.
  6. The date of possession and any phasing requirements.
  7. Tender procedures and the tender period.
  8. Any client contributions required for the contract documents.
  9. Insurance of the works.
  10. The need to appoint site inspectors.
  11. The need to appoint party wall surveyor(s) or rights of light surveyors.

[edit] Preparing production information and completing statutory approvals.

The lead designer prepares a schedule of information that should be prepared for the production information, responsibilities for its preparation, a programme for its preparation and a document control system for revision control.

The lead designer co-ordinates:

The client may prepare, or arrange for the consultant team to prepare or develop a site waste management plan if required.

The lead designer co-ordinates a design review of the production Information with the consultant team and instructs amendments or additions as necessary. The cost consultant assesses any changes relative to the approximate quantities cost plan.

The lead consultant co-ordinates the preparation of a production information report for the client including any remaining components, assemblies, specialist items, samples or materials still requiring approval by client.

The client considers the production information report and if necessary issues instructions to the lead consultant regarding changes required.

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