Subcontractors often play an important part on our projects.
When they fail Project Managers are quick to point the finger of blame at their Subcontractor.
But, perhaps the Subcontractor is not entirely to blame.
Often problems with Subcontractors start long before the Subcontractor begins work.
Scope of works – what work must the Subcontractor perform
On one project we appointed an Electrical Subcontractor to supply the lighting, which included external light masts.
When it came to installing the light towers the Subcontractor wanted to know where the concrete foundations were.
We assumed they were installing the foundations – but this was not in their contract.
We had to engage an Engineer to design the foundations, and then we had to construct the light tower foundations.
Extra costs we had not allowed for. And of course some delay.
The same thing happened when the Air-conditioning Subcontractor came to install the external air-conditioning units.
They wanted to know where the concrete footings were for their units.
Footings we had to get designed and then construct
Failure to allocate work correctly or properly describe the Subcontract scope
Failure to allocate work correctly could result in:
Preparing the Subcontractor scope of work
Ensure your Subcontractor has everything they require to price the work
It's important to get the Subcontractor's scope of works right and articulate this brief in their pricing documentation and contract document. Failure to prepare the scope of works correctly could result in items being missed and extra costs during construction.
In our next article we consider what should be included in the Subcontractor pricing documentation so that they can price the works correctly.
Other useful articles
Is the cheapest really the cheapest? - adjudicating quotations
Selecting The Right Contractors and Subcontractors for Your Construction Project
What’s expected of your subcontractors? Do they know?
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