Last edited 17 Sep 2019

Traditional procurement method

Traditional procurement (sometimes referred to as design, bid, build, two-stage tendering, negotiated tendering or the accelerated traditional method) remains the most commonly-used method of procuring building works. It comprises a tripartite arrangement involving a client, consultants and the contractor (who is typically appointed by competitive tendering or sometimes appointed at an early stage by negotiation).

The traditional procurement route involves separating design from construction. The client appoints the consultants who design the project in detail and who are also responsible for cost control. Contractors are then invited to submit tenders for the construction of the project, usually on a single-stage, competitive basis.

Included in the contractor’s responsibilities are workmanship, materials and all work undertaken by suppliers and subcontractors. Although the contractor is not responsible for the design (other than temporary works) some traditional contracts may provide for the contractor to design specific parts of the works (see key criteria below).

Traditional procurement can (to a limited extent) include design and construction running in parallel. This has the benefit of enabling an early start to be made on site although there will be less certainty for the client regarding the costs.

[edit] Traditional procurement involves three types of contract:

[edit] Key criteria with traditional procurement

For further information see Traditional contract for construction.

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