Herriot Melhuish O’Neill Architects - Wellington, Christchurch, Auckland, Tauranga


Procurement / Tendering & Negotiation

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Finding a Builder

We recommend that at least three builders tender for your project. We can advise and manage this process. Depending on the scale of the job, builders are usually given three to four weeks to price.

A further two weeks is often required for negotiation and confirmation of the contract between our client and the successful builder. With some projects, it is better to negotiate with one suitable builder. This can speed up the process and provide more surety on cost and quality.

Contract Management

We always recommend that the New Zealand Institute of Architects Standard Construction Contract (NZIASCC) or Small Works Contract is used. On projects with difficult time constraints, and/or when builders are very busy, we recommend enlisting a contractor as soon as possible, for a negotiated/partial tender process.