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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds I don’t know why I didn’t think of it sooner. Why are we thinking of plowing money into a hotel extension that benefits only a few people after our visitors have left? I can’t believe the answer was staring me right in the face all this time. All these houses boarded up and waiting to be loved again. I can still hear the sounds of growing up on my council estate. The laughter, the idle chitchat, the sound of a hammer in the distance. Probably granddad fixing someone’s fence again. Everyone had time for one another. It was such a happy time.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 seconds But I can also still smell the damp in our bathroom, and hear the whistle of the freezing wind as it blows through my broken bedroom window. It was so cold in there I could see my breath. Oh, and the pain of falling over that broken wall and breaking my leg. I don’t miss the living conditions one bit, but it was a wonderful place to grow up, with such a community spirit. Right up until our houses were condemned by the council and we were moved out. And they’re still boarded up to this day. Such a shame, such fond memories.

Skip to 1 minute and 25 seconds Sienna was the council’s project manager on the Commonwealth Games accommodation project, and she proposed that the original hotel expansion was scrapped in favour of bringing life back into a local abandoned council estate. Providing future generations of Glaswegians with comfortable and safe social housing. But with little experience at this level, a tight deadline, and peer pressure to make sure mistakes don’t happen again, how does Sienna make sure she gets the right contractor for the job? What type of tendering should she use? What type of procurement method is best? And which standard form of contract is best suited to the project? Above all, how does Sienna make this project a success?

Skip to 2 minutes and 16 seconds This is my chance to do something for the people of Glasgow. To make a community which lives long after the games, and its visitors, have left the city. But where do I start?

Welcome back

Last week, you looked at the principles of contract formation and explored how construction contracts differ from contracts in other sectors. This week, we’ll explore the different types of contract, responsibilities and work procedures in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry.

In the second week of this open course, you will:

  • Examine two different forms of construction contract: Standard Forms of Contract (SFoC) and bespoke forms of contract

  • Look at the roles and responsibilities of the parties involved in these contracts

  • Review a key tool for carrying out construction works, the RIBA Plan of Work 2013

Your task

To prepare for this week’s studies, reflect on your own practice and make a note of anything you know about contracts and frameworks for carrying out work.

If you feel comfortable sharing your notes, post in the comments area and respond to posts from other learners.

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Contract Management and Procurement: An Introduction

Coventry University