23 June 2017 – Publication of Submissions received on the position paper ‘A Public Sector BIM Adoption Strategy’

Further to news item dated 15 March 2017 – Commencement of a consultation process on the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) on public works projects, the submissions received as part of the consultation process on the position paper ‘A Public Sector BIM Adoption Strategy’ are available to download here.

All respondents submitted a completed questionnaire whereas some included supplementary submissions.  Both are published where applicable.

25 April 2017 – Short Public Works Contract PW-CF6 v1.10

Amendments were made to the Public Works Contracts including the Short Public Works Contract (PW-CF6) in June 2016 to reflect the provisions of the Construction Contracts Act (News item 28 June 2016 refers).

A new clause 4.3 was added to PW-CF6 v1.9 (dated 30 June 2016) detailing the procedure for processing final statements and payment following Substantial Completion certification. All remaining sub clauses within clause 4 were renumbered accordingly.  However there was a reference in (the re-numbered) clause 4.6, which had not been updated at that time and this has now been corrected in PW-CF6 v1.10 (dated 25 April 2017).

15 March 2017 – Commencement of a consultation process on the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) on public works projects.

Building Information Modelling or BIM provides a means of structuring the information required to design, build and manage building and infrastructure assets.  In so doing it offers opportunities to deliver efficiencies and savings in the construction and operation of built assets that are owned or managed by the State on behalf of its citizens.  It is incumbent on public bodies to consider how its implementation may be managed in a manner that allows all those involved in the delivery of construction projects (both in the public and private sectors) to prepare for the adoption of the processes and the associated tools so they may continue to contribute to the delivery of projects funded under the public capital programme.

Following consultation with public bodies engaged in public works projects, the Government Contracts Committee for Construction (GCCC) has prepared a position paper for the purposes of inviting responses from industry.  The position paper titled ‘A Public Sector BIM Adoption Strategy’ outlines the context and rationale for the adoption of BIM and puts forward a proposed timeline for adoption.

The position paper ‘A Public Sector BIM Adoption Strategy’ is available to download here.

Responses are invited to the Position Paper from interested parties and individuals.  These should be submitted by email to publicworkscontractsreview@per.gov.ie by close of business on Thursday, 13 April 2017.

A template response document is available to download here.

Those submitted after the deadline will be accepted but the views expressed therein may not be considered in the final strategy.

Respondents are also asked to note that responses received by the Office of Government Procurement will be published on the Construction Procurement Reform website within a month of the closing date for submissions.

12 January 2017 – Instructions to Tenderers

Please note that the links to the Public Works Contracts on the Construction Procurement Reform website in the Particulars Section of the following Instructions to Tenderers have been amended to reflect the mandatory requirement for contracting authorities to use the amended forms of Public Works Contracts with a cited revision reference commencing with v2 on all works procurements commencing from 9th January 2017.  As this is an administrative amendment only, there is no change to the version number or date of the documents.

  • ITTW 1 v2.1 dated 4th July 2016
  • ITTW1a v1.1 dated 4th July 2016
  • ITTW2 v2.1 dated 4th July 2016
  • ITTW1 v1.8 dated 4th July 2016
  • ITTW2 v1.5 dated 4th July 2016

10 January 2017 – Amended Forms of Public Works Contracts

Further to the news item published on 22 December 2016, it is now mandatory for contracting authorities to use the amended forms of Public Works Contracts with a cited revision reference commencing with v2 on all works procurements commencing from 9th January 2017. These contracts and their associated pre-qualification questionnaires, instructions to tenderers, forms of tender, and model forms are available to download under Pillars 1 and 3 respectively.

Where the deadline for receipt of tenders for works is after 8 January 2017, sanction must be formally applied for and obtained from the Government Contracts Committee for Construction (GCCC) for use of the latest versions of the conditions of the Public Works Contracts (PW-CF1 – PW-CF5 inclusive), their associated Instructions to Tenderers and Forms of Tender and Schedule with a cited revision reference commencing with v1.  Click on the link to Circular 1/16 – Derogation Documents to access these documents and the associated QW1 suitability assessment questionnaire, where applicable.

9 January 2017 – Amendment to Employer designed public works contract to cater for tendered rate of delay costs of named Specialists

The amended forms of Employer designed public works contracts (PW-CF1, PW-CF3 & PW-CF5) include new arrangements for direct tendering to specialist works contractors who are to be appointed by the main contractor – Reserved Specialists.  The arrangement for novating Specialist works contractors to the main contractor continues to be available under the amended forms of public works contract.  Both types of specialists are known as ‘named Specialists’ and, where applicable, the categories of specialist works will be listed in the Form of Tender and Schedule, part 1F (iii).  If novated Specialists are to apply, the identity of the specialists to be novated will also be provided in part 1F (iii) where they have been appointed.

A separate tender competition is held for Reserved Specialists where they respond independently to the tendered hourly rates, tendered percentage addition for costs of materials, tendered percentage addition/deduction for costs of plant and tendered rate of delay costs.  Because the tender deadline for the main contract is in advance of that for the Reserved Specialists, tendering main contractors will not be aware of the rates that the Reserved Specialists are applying in their tender response.  Sub-clause 10.6 was amended to reflect this but sub-clause 10.7 was not amended at the time of publication of v2.0 to reflect that the same position is to apply to calculating the Delay Cost should it arise under the Contract.

Whilst the tender for a novated Specialist (and their appointment) will typically take place in advance of the main contract, the same principle will apply.  Tendering main contractors are only to take account of their own costs when responding to the Form of Tender and Schedule, part 2D, where named Specialists are to apply to an Employer designed public works contract.

Sub-clause 10.7.1 (1) has now been amended to clarify that where sub-clause 10.7.1(1) applies to the Delay Cost calculation under the Contract then, in calculating the sum due to the Contractor, the tendered rate of delay costs of the named Specialist must be taken into account where the named Specialist works are delayed by a Compensation Event under the Contract between the Employer and the [main] Contractor.

Notes have also been inserted into FTS1, FTS3 & FTS5 to further clarify the position to main contractors when they are preparing their tender response.

22 December 2016 – Implementation of Amended Forms of Public Works Contracts

A lead-in time of approximately 9 months has been allowed since the publication of Circular 01/2016 was published.  This has allowed contracting authorities to avail of a limited derogation up until 8 January 2017, which permitted the use of the latest versions of the conditions of the Public Works Contracts (PW-CF1 – PW-CF5 inclusive), their associated Instructions to Tenderers and Forms of Tender and Schedule with a cited revision reference commencing with v1. published under Pillar 1 of the CWMF on www.constructionprocurement.gov.ie in the circumstances set out under 6 (a) of Circular 01/2016.

However this phased implementation will end on 8th JanuaryIt will be mandatory for contracting authorities to use the amended forms of Public Works Contracts with a cited revision reference commencing with v2 on all works procurements commencing from 9th January 2017.

Where the deadline for receipt of tenders for works is after 8 January 2017, sanction must be formally applied for and obtained from the Government Contracts Committee for Construction (GCCC) for use of the latest versions of the conditions of the Public Works Contracts (PW-CF1 – PW-CF5 inclusive), their associated Instructions to Tenderers and Forms of Tender and Schedule with a cited revision reference commencing with v1. published under Pillar 1 of the CWMF on www.constructionprocurement.gov.ie.

5 September 2016 – Investigation Contract PW-CF7 v1.2

Please note that some formatting errors occurred under Clause 14. Termination – sub-clause 14.2 in earlier versions of PW-CF7: Investigation Contract.

Separate sub-clause references were applied to 4 paragraphs that should have been included under sub-clause 14.2.  Sub-clause 14.3 – 14.6 inclusive should have read as part of sub-clause 14.2 rather than being given separate sub-clause references.  This has now been rectified in version 1.2 (dated 05/09/2016).