AKC News // Construction Procurement Reform

Source: Department of Finance - http://www.finance.gov.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=4396

The Government in May 2004 decided to reform public sector construction procurement in Ireland. These reforms include the development of Standard Conditions for the Engagement for Construction Consultants, associated guidance material and a suite of five new Forms of Construction Contracts. The Conditions of Engagement, the guidance material and the five Contracts are:

1. Building Works Designed by the Employer
2. Building Works Designed by the Contractor
3. Civil Engineering Works Designed by the Employer
4. Civil Engineering Works Designed by the Contractor
5. Minor Civil Engineering and Building Works Designed by Employer
6. Conditions of Engagement for Construction Consultants
7. Guidance Note 16&17 - Appointment of Consultants for Construction related Services

The above contracts have been revised, please see AKC News Article of 06-09-2007

[Note: These are copyright Department of Finance documents and are available free of charge for a 3 month period from 19 February 2007 to 19 May 2007. Thereafter a charging mechanism will be introduced]

Department of Finance Circular 33/06 sets out the implementation dates for the Public Works Contracts and Conditions of Engagement for Construction Consultants.

The Public Works Contracts and Conditions of Engagement will play a pivotal role in the Government?s value for money initiative introduced to achieve greater cost certainty, better value for money and more cost effective delivery of public works projects. The reforms when fully implemented will deal with all three key stakeholder areas in the construction delivery process. The three key areas being the Client, the Consultants and the Contractors. The Contracts and Conditions of Engagement address two of these and the third i.e. the Client area is addressed in the context of the Capital Works Management Framework.

Date : 19-02-2007