By Ken Davey, K. Davey

This booklet describes all of the valuable equipment of arranging letting construction contracts for conservation paintings. It additionally covers contractor choice, using at once hired labour, and contractual concerns.

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On occasion a client will look to a management fee contractor to provide design resources or the equivalent of other professional services in which case the management fee will be considerably higher. Some clients may well look to a management contractor to provide a very wide range of ancillary services even to the extent of helping towards putting together a package of works which may 40 MANAGEMENT FEE CONTRACTS involve a larger number of different properties with the added difficulty of perhaps being in separate ownership.

It must be kept in mind that once damage has been caused to a historic building or ancient monument then the original historic or archaeological value of the original structure may have become substantially or even totally lost as part of our heritage. This places great responsibility on those involved in the selection of contractors for this type of work. It will be apparent that not all old buildings are of equal archaeological or historic interest. Their listing or scheduling status will vary and indeed some may be fairly old but of little archaeological, architectural or historic merit.

This alternative method provides tenderers with the opportunity to fine tune the rates to be inserted in the schedule so as to suit their own method of pricing and to reflect more accurately the rates they themselves will have obtained in competition from their own domestic sub-contractors. A disadvantage to this alternative method of pricing occurs at tender evaluation stage when the quantity surveyor will have to examine and analyse each tenderer’s priced schedule of rates in order to determine which tender offers the client the most advantageous balance of rates.

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