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Value by competition: a guide to the competitive procurement of consultancy services for construction (SP117)

How do you find the most suitable consultant for the job? Are you considering using competition, or are you legally obliged to? This step-by-step guide is designed to assist all those who procure consultancy services, including clients, their advisers or contractors. It will help you to identify when competition is appropriate, understand the implications of competition and manage the competitive process. It concentrates on the better-known construction consultancy services - architecture, engineering, surveying and project management. However, the principles discussed apply to the procurement of all consultancy services for both building and civil engineering work. While designed to be read as a whole, the guide contains a useful key-point summary, which provides a quick and easy point of reference and an overview of the guide's advice. Users are expected to have some knowledge of the construction process and the range of consultancy services available. If you are a first-time client, you should consult the CIRIA publication Planning to build?

Key words: design and buildability, procurement, risk and value management.

ISBN: 978-0-86017-414-1
Author: J N Connaughton
Number of pages: 86 (paperback)
Publisher: CIRIA
Date of Publication: January 1996