The Framework Agreement is for the provision of construction related professional services by a Consultant and its supply chain, collectively referred to as an Integrated Consultant Team (ICT). Each ICT shall include the following core professional disciplines: Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor, Architect, Building Services Engineer, Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer and CDM Co-ordinator.
An ICT will typically be appointed to take forward projects from the Client’s initial statement of requirements through strategic assessment and business justification and outline design stage to completion of the woks..
Whilst each ICT will be required to have the capability to undertake detailed design, it is not envisaged that it will be their main function. Detailed design and construction will be undertaken by an Integrated Supply Team (IST) (consisting of contractors, specialist sub-contractors, designers and their supply chains) appointed separately by the Employer, using the services of the ICT.
After the IST is appointed, the ICT will continue to administer the Works Contract and provide multidiscipline professional advice to the Employer as necessary to ensure the detailed design and construction fully meet the Employer’s requirements in terms of quality, cost and programme.
Design Quality is critical to all Works Projects to be delivered by the public sector. The ICT to be appointed under this Framework Agreement will maintain a role throughout the delivery of Works Projects to promote Design Quality and to challenge the IST where appropriate to achieve the best possible design solution on behalf of the Employer.
The ICT may also be appointed to provide a wide range of construction related professional services including general advisory services, advice on PFI/PPP projects, procurement services, studies, surveys, investigations, reports and other specialist services.