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14 May 2013 | Andy Allen
The 10-point checklist, which can be downloaded via the website, asks clients to consider how well their current building services providers fulfil a set of criteria.
Procurement managers are asked whether contractors comply fully with CDM (construction, design and management) regulations, health and safety, equal opportunities and environmental requirements and possess appropriate insurance cover.
They should also consider the financial stability and technical competence of suppliers and if they are subject to regular third-party assessment.
Blane Judd, chief executive of the B&ES (until recently known as the Heating and Ventilating Contractors’ Association), said construction projects were continually becoming more technically demanding and complex.
“The reality is that contractors that keep tendering for work with low prices usually end up failing – that means they’re not around to resolve any problems that nearly always arise when work is engineered down to a low price,” he said.
“It presents even more problems for the client if a contractor becomes insolvent before completing a job. This is not a sustainable way of using public money and exposes an organisation to all kinds of unnecessary risk.”