Tendering an architectural project

When you plan an architectural project you may find yourself in the position where you need to undertake tendering and allow contractors to submit their applications for the job. The process can be complex, but it is important as it lets you get an idea of what each company can bring to the project and what they will charge you. Weighing up each proposal and deciding which to go with is a challenge but you need to overcome it if you want to get the job underway.

We specialise in architectural services in Newcastle and throughout the North East and we have a great deal of experience with tendering, whether it is for large public sector projects or smaller domestic ones. Our knowledge can help you to understand the steps you need to take when opening up a project for companies to apply for the work. When plans are submitted we can go over them with you, weigh up the positives and negatives and assist you with deciding which course of action is best. As dedicated architects we are confident we have the necessary skills to support you and ensure you make the right choices.

With tendering it is important to set deadlines for submissions and stick to them. Companies that fail to submit on time are likely to be unreliable so it is a good way to gauge this. It is also unlikely that a company who submits late will be able to stick to your build schedule. The deadline for submission needs to be a suitable length so you can gather as much interest as possible without having it drag on too long.

As well as the submission deadline you’ll also need to give yourself enough time to go over each proposal individually in detail. It is difficult to estimate how many proposals you will receive so you need to leave a suitable period to be able to go over them. Remember not to delay too much or the company you want to hire may have arranged other work in the time.

After tendering you’ll need to ensure the project is properly managed. If you have several different contractors on site they need to be organised and understand when they will be needed. We are happy to offer this service for you alongside all of our other architectural services in Newcastle and beyond.