Historically, construction projects have been procured through either the traditional ‘single-stage’ tender process or via the ‘two-stage’ approach. The main aim of the single-stage approach is to generate a firm price at the outset through a competitive tendering process, where-as the two-stage approach embraces a collaborative open book approach throughout the project.
Historically, the two-stage route has been the most popular within the construction industry, but in more recent times the single-stage process has gained in popularity - in Q4 2017, nearly 35% of projects were single-stage versus two-stage at 31%.
This shift has occurred because property teams are under increasing pressure to manage costs and need full visibility of these at an earliest stage. However, by doing this they are losing the potential development flexibility and added value that comes with the collaborative two-stage process.
There are undoubtedly pros and cons to both routes, and which one is right for you will depend on the project, the project team and the organisation’s outlook on cost management and planning. Here we list the risks and benefits of each:
As you can see there are benefits and risks for both the single and two-stage approach. At PAGABO our focus is on getting the client the optimum outcome regardless of which process they choose.
Should the two-stage approach be preferred, we ensure our contractors provide a collaborative open book approach throughout the process. We do this by building a close relationship with the client and also the appointed contractor and acting as the linchpin between the two. This helps drive early engagement with the client’s team and ensures the client’s budget and programme is adhered to, whilst maximising value from the contractor.
And, whether a one-stage or two-stage approach is preferred, thanks to the level of support we enjoy from contractors we can ensure that the clients receives the appropriate number of bidders for their development scheme.
The PAGABO Major Works Framework offers total flexibility for the client to move through the Procurement Stages using a direct award, single and the two-stage approach, we can also offer a hybrid approach which can give the client cost certainty of some building elements in a two-stage approach. We also give an unrivalled level of support to the client with tenders and the documentation required for an effective and successful procurement process.