The engaging of a suitable Contractor under suitable Contract Conditions is critical to the success of a project.

There are varied ways of approaching the appointment of a Contractor. The recommended options  are :-

Selected Fixed Price Tender

Tenders are selected by agreement with the client - often with Expressions of Interest sought. This selection can factor in such matters as quality of their work, experience, reputation and ability to meet the construction program. The Contractor is then selected on lowest tender price or post tender negotiated price.

Selected GMP 
Tenders or a Selected Contractor provide a Ceiling Contract Price  and Schedule of Rates. During Construction the Contractor accounts for the expenses on a “time and materials” basis.
The owner has the assurance that the cost will not exceed the upper limit, yet can benefit from any savings the contractor achieves.
The essential advantage of a GMP contract is that the owner, architect, and contractor can form a team with the common goal of producing the most desirable building at the most economical price.

Rushton Architects recommends the NZIA’s Standard Conditions of Contract for most projects. The Contracts are comprehensive and allow for impartial review of quality and cost.

Construction Observation ensures the built product matches the aesthetics, quality, timing of the Project Documents. It is a protection of the financial investment the Client is making in the Building. 

Key aspects of this are the Regimented Site Meetings. These allow for quality Control, program review and progress and the Project Cost analysis.

Part of the role is issuing site instructions to the contractor, processing progress claims against work completed, and  ensuring all contractual duties are completed the job. These  includefixing any  defects in the work, providing Guarantees and obtaining the Certificate Code of Compliance.

Post Occupancy Reviews vary from informal discussion for small residential projects through to a completed report for Commercial and Institutional Projects. They are essentially a review of how effectively the Built Environment meets the Project Breif.