emma L wrote:Very useful comments! Thank you very much guys!!! Here comes more questions:
For Restricted Procedure. This process is to select a suitable group of Contractors for a particular project.
1. Any difficulties facing contractors in answering the types of questions posed?
2. How ‘fair’ the process is?
3. A new procedure worth consideration is the proposed ‘lottery’ system whereby all contractors reaching a certain standard in the pre-qualification process would be entered into a draw for inclusion on a list. How do you feel about this?
4. Should Contractors who have only experience of (say) Secondary Schools be excluded from Primary School projects?
1. You need to ask thsi of a contractor or a representative body like the CIF
3. While statistically you will approach random selection over longer periods you could also statistically see long runs where the same candidates get selected. This will also depends on the numbers fo builders -vs- the number of jobs being offered and can be regulated to help avoid "clumping" by a the process of exclusion once you have been (a) selected for tender and (b) selected for the work.
4. I think that you have to allow for progress within a company - most builders start small. I'd be more concerned with the complexity of the programme, the site co-ordination, the details and the numbers of specialist sub-contractors the builder has experience of, as well as his safety record both in terms of his own company and managing and co-ordinating others and the standard of building quality and finishing out achieved for the price.
Its dangerous to view building work exclusively through the lens of procurement. Bad finishing due to tight budgets can be a real annoyance, but good attendances after Practical Completion eats into profits. Its hard to balance both, but the best builders adopt a preventive, pre-emptive approach to snags arising and a pro-active approach to dealing with them. How much goodwill like that will remain after they have been screwed to the wall by some civil service administrator using the GCCC contract to score career points remains to be seen. I can conceive of both builders people in the public service adding in items to "thicken up" the contract price so they can substitute them out later.
MEAT how are you.
None of this will prevent croneyism creeping in and the pre-qualification limits mitigates against smaller contractors getting a look in.