People always ask about our services, what’s involved and how we can tailor them for the individual clients needs. We understand architecture and construction isn’t a straight forward process but when we mention the ‘Tender Process’ (gaining construction prices) most people think it’s easy and don’t really comprehend the importance of selecting a suitably experienced builder in a thorough and professional way.
Some clients think it’s as simple as sending out our Planning and/or Building Control drawings and finding the cheapest contractor. That approach would be fine if all builders were the same. Truth is, they’re not (see attached photograph).
Lots of care goes into selecting an appropriately sized company to match the size of the project, making sure they have undertaken this type of work before, confirming they’re familiar with JCT or RIBA Building Contracts, checking if we (or the client) have worked with them before, what insurance do they carry, are they sub contractors or general building contractors, do they have references etc…
Walters Architects feel that it is at this critical stage of the process that clients actually save money by employing us to manage the pricing process. Most builders will see the importance of getting a credible and competitive quotation together for an architects in case of repeat work and no one will understand the scheme better than the people who have designed it, so who better to answer any questions the builders may have?
Should you want more information on the Tender Process or any other part of your project please just give our office a quick call.