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Questions to influence procurement selection

There is no one way in which procurement selection can be made. As such, there is a lot of guidance available from client groups, public bodies as well as academics in textbooks.

What they all agree on is the fundamental approach of the client’s project priorities being established (through a series of questions) and these being matched to the most appropriate procurement route (by the project manager).

One set of questions has been developed by Mortledge and Smith, as follows:

Time: is early completion required?

Cost: is a firm price needed before any commitment to construction is formed?

Flexibility: are variations necessary after work has begun on site?

Complexity: is the building highly specialised, technologically advanced, or highly serviced?

Quality: is high quality important?

Certainty: is completion on time important? Is completion within budget important?

Division of responsibility: is single-point responsibility wanted? Is direct professional responsibility wanted?

Risk: is transfer of responsibility for the consequence of slippage important?

Your task

A client is looking to develop, in conjunction with the local government of the city, a leisure park to the west of the city. The park will contain several phases over an anticipated five-year period. Phase 1 will be constructed first and comprises a 10-screen cinema and four adjacent restaurants and bars.

Using this project information, complete the answers to the above questions based on what you think the answers should or are most likely to be, ready to select the most appropriate procurement route to deliver the project.

Post your thoughts and share your answers.


Mortledge, R., and Smith, A. (2013) Building Procurement. Chichester: Wiley

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