In our article Subcontractor scope of works we mentioned how important subcontractors were to the success of construction projects. We discussed how some construction projects failed because the wrong subcontractor was selected. Problems with subcontractors often begin during the pricing and selection process.
We discussed how critical it was that subcontractors had an accurate scope of works to price. This ensures that every subcontractor prices the same thing so that it's easy to adjudicate and compare the various subcontractor's prices.
An accurate scope of works also ensures that subcontractors price the work required, thus avoiding potential variation claims and change orders later. It means that the subcontractors doesn't price stuff that they aren't expected to do.
In this article we consider what to include in the pricing documentation, or instruction to price, to ensure that the subcontractor understands the terms and conditions of the subcontract document, and that they cannot claim for project conditions they were unaware of.
Subcontractor pricing documentation
•interaction with others.
•Particular rules, hazards, etc.
Remember anything you require the Subcontractor to do which is not in these documents could give rise to a variation claim or change order later. So check the documentation and scope of works you ask subcontractors to price to ensure you've included everything you expect your subcontractors to execute, and the project conditions they must comply with. Forgetting something could be very expensive later.
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