The appointment of the contractor usually follows a selection process where a number of suitable contractors will tender their expertise, proposed methods, terms and costs. It is important to ensure that each of the contractors under consideration can deliver a project of this type. Evidence of previous experience, financial stability and references will help determine the suitability of the contractors under consideration.
The stadium developer’s invitation to tender should provide sufficient information to describe the project, including the client’s aspirations for it and the programme requirements – so that all of the potential contractors have a clearunderstanding of what is being asked of them. This will ensure that the contractors can provide accurate pricing and construction programmes.
The most desirable tender is not necessarily the cheapest. The tender process needs to establish that the contractor will be able to deliver the project safely, in good time, and that the final product will be fit for its intended use.
The contractors are usually given a set period for reviewing the information, visiting the site, and returning their tender. There should be a process during the tender period to allow contractors to seek clarification and request further information.