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Bills of Quantity and Schedules of Work

The Objectives of this stage of the tender process are:

  • To achieve cost certainty for your client.
  • To maximize efficiency of your design office time
  • To reinforce the perception of your practice as an industry specialist

The benefits for you, your client and the project are:
  • Returned prices are lower
  • You have a management tool for the project
  • You will achieve a full quota of tenderers returning their bids, as the time obligations are less demanding
    for them

The further benefits to you of a Scheduled Landscape Tender are:
  • More tenderers will return their tenders on time
  • Savings overall on the project even including the Landscape Quantity Surveyor's fees
  • Your design can be thoroughly tested before it goes out to tender and the values of the returns predicted
  • The schedule acts as a management tool for payments valuations and completion

Who pays the fees for this work?
  • The fee is generally communicated to your client as part of the design budget
  • The client is aware that that the costs of our fees will return lower tender rates

Two Facts about Bills of Quantities
  • A bill of quantities costs more to produce than a Specification and Drawings tender
  • A bill of quantities returns prices of 5-7% lower than a Specification and Drawings tender

The table below gives a sample of the costs and savings in tender values when priced against an issued Landscape Bill of quantities. The overall saving is the projected saving due to lower tender values when a landscape tender is issued against a measured Bill of Quantity.

Costs to produce a Bill of Quantities may vary. This table is based on a high complexity project for a high specification hard and soft landscape project.

  Table of savings from a Bill of Quantities

Job Value £ Cost to Produce £ Tender Savings £ Overall Savings £
10,000 500 700 200
20,000 1,000 1,400 400
50,000 2,500 3,500 1,000
100,000 4,000 6,000 2,000
200,000 5,000 10,000 5,000
500,000 10,000 25,000 15,000
1,000,000 17,500 50,000 32,500

Why do Landscape tenders return better values for your client on a Bill of Quantity?

  • Contractors are aware of the competitive nature of the bid process.
  • Risk is minimized for the contractor so they do not have to allow for items they may
  have missed.

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