Rethinking the Competitive Bid Framework

Stuart Orr
Managing Director
EFT-CRAFT Company Limited, Hong Kong

This presentation discussed the advantages of a non-competitive tendering process in construction. Competitive tendering is good practice and many times part of the legal framework; however, due to the increased complexity of design (away from the typical “box” template) and the advancement of technical innovations in materials and construction methodology, evidence is provided to show that competitive tendering actually provides more disadvantages when constructing tall building façades. Specifically, non-competitive bids allow for the following: (1) the ability to holistically develop design, (2) more innovative solutions, (3) the elimination of the variation conundrum, (4) increased communication, (5) reduction of safety risks, (6) shorter programs, (7) sustainable employment (8) increased quality, (9) increased performance, and (10) financial savings. While non-competitive bids for construction are controversial and implicit trust is required, practical experience shows that it better connects decision-makers to the final project results. Collaborative development can be the start of a paradigm shift towards a holistic response to the challenges of connecting the city.

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