The Challenge:

The Council’s original procurement strategy was to tender through Public Contracts Scotland a single stage design and build solution. Assessment was 70% price and 30% quality. An in-house design team developed the design of the building to RIBA Plan of Work Stage 3 and bidding contractors were to employ their own designers to develop the design through to completion. Variant tenders were not accepted. All tender returns were in excess of the Council’s affordability cap. 

Given the significance of the project to the local community the Council considered alternative procurement options that may provide solutions to deliver the project within the required affordability cap. Following this exercise, the Council decided to re-tender the project through a mini competition using the Scottish Procurement Alliance’s Schools and Community Buildings 2 Framework.

The Solution:

Kier was successful in being appointed to the project through this competition. Thereafter we worked in a collaborative manner with the Council’s designers, stakeholders and Officers to deliver a scheme that fully complied with the Council’s requirements whilst maintaining their preferred risk profile.

Issues that were addressed were around inflationary pressures in the supply chain and the groundworks and frame solutions and how a collaborative approach with Early Contractor Involvement could successfully manage and mitigate these risks from the project leading to an affordable solution.

The Impact:

The project is now successfully progressing on site and is currently being delivered within the approved affordability cap.

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