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Tendering

Following receipt of Building Regulations Approval our in-depth knowledge of each scheme, combined with our extensive experience of building products and methods of construction, means that we are ideally placed to prepare detailed tender documents.

Our documents include fully developed and detailed construction drawings supported by a Specification Document. The two main components of our Specification Documents are:

  • Contract Preliminaries – These highlight the type of Contract and clauses appropriate to the specific project as well as the standards of workmanship that are expected.
  • Schedule of Works – The required construction works are broken down into logical sections, explaining the materials to be used and the methods of construction, application and installation that should be employed. Each section is divided into individual elements that the contractor is required to price, contributing to a more accurate contract figure whilst also allowing the cost of any variations to be precisely determined.

In developing our tender documents our team will coordinate and liaise with any other appointed consultants to ensure that the scheme is developed as a whole. We use external CDM and Health and Safety Consultants to prepare the necessary pre-construction information document to satisfy the requirements of the Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015.

On larger projects, where a Schedule of Works would not be appropriate, we work with an appointed Quantity Surveyor who will prepare a Bill of Quantities. Our team actively carry out and oversee the tendering process. In consultation with our Client we establish a selective list of suitable main contractors to tender the specific projects. We will establish timelines for the project through to completion and issue full tender packages to the selected contractors for pricing.

During the tender process we will respond to any queries raised by tendering contractors clarifying any aspects with all tendering contractors, so they are all pricing on exactly the same information. Tenders will be opened in a confidential and controlled manner and in accordance with any specific procedures that our Client may require us to adhere to. We will interpret the tender results and provide a tender comparison report, complete with graphs, for our Clients information. We will request a fully priced copy of the project specification from one or two of the Contractors which we will check for even pricing and arithmetical errors.

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What our clients say...

It is wonderful to see such an excellent facility completed and for it to be able to offer education and childcare to our community.

Richard Wells, Parish Council Chairman

SRA have designed new houses and building alterations on a number of projects we have tendered for and worked on over the past 20 years or so. Their plans and specifications are consistently clear and thorough and the architectural work in the construction phase has been excellent. I have found them to be one of the leading practices we have worked with throughout this time.

Residential Client

SRA Architecture worked for us on two different occasions & projects, a small one and a bigger scale project. They were advising, helpful, great at planning, very knowledgeable and always kept us updated. I would definitely recommend!

Jenny, Residential Client

SRA Architecture have made so much difference – we now have six parking/pull-in spaces with our own filter lane taking the school traffic away from the lane, leaving it free for the residents and through traffic including emergency vehicles.

Clare Dawson, School Business Manager

I have worked with quite a few architectural practices over the years, I can honestly say SRA are in the top draw category of design companies. Their designs and drawings are of a really high standard. They are thorough and methodical. Their specifications leave little to doubt which means you can precisely quote for what you are being asked to build. […] Plus they are nice people, professional and easy to work for.

Matt, Builder

We have been working with Niell and his team at SRA in redesigning an existing planning passed house design. We have found them to be highly efficient, offering good choice of recommendations and proposals and very easy and pleasant to work with. The brief had to take place within a short period of time and the team were very accommodating with this, especially in difficult Covid times. I would highly recommend using SRA for future plans.

Jennifer, Residential Client