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
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