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Design and Build Contracts
Michael Byron, Resident Director in Dubai, is interviewed by Construction Week Magazine at Cityscape 2016.
“The early stages of the design and build (D&B) process is about creating the design and adapting the method of construction to meet the demands of the supply chain. In order to do this successfully, the contractor and their team need to understand the client's ambitions and requirements, and that's the key to delivering it successfully".
One of the most important criteria a contractor must consider to secure the success of any design and build (D&B) contract is the appointment of the consultant. They need to have the technical expertise, experience and capacity for major fast track D&B delivery. In addition they should command a deep knowledge of the local regulations and approvals processes, critical if delays in the process are to be avoided. SSH believe that it’s false economy to look for the cheapest design quote, it can be a high risk strategy. Contractors should consider the design consultant as a partner in the D&B process and wherever possible look to adopt a collaborative approach. This enables best practice to be shared, 'learning from each other' and repeat business secures better returns for each subsequent project.