The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 56 (1978) > Issues > Issue 12 > Open Discussion on The Kessock Bridge Design and Build Contract Procedures by Leslie Clements
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Open Discussion on The Kessock Bridge Design and Build Contract Procedures by Leslie Clements

In the United Kingdom most highway bridges go to tender with a fully detailed design, bill of quantities, and specification. Alternative designs are permitted but, with the limited tender periods and the complications of the independent structural check recommended by the Merrison Committee and required by the Department, these are rarely offered by tenderers. However, some contractors have advocated the adoption of continental contractural methods. Design and build tendering was adopted for the Kessock Bridge only because tender prices-firstly for foundations and secondly for the whole bridge-greatly exceeded the estimates.