Consul understands that the client relationship is intrinsic to project success. We firmly endorse ‘Partnering’ between Client, Consultant and Contractor as an essential arrangement to ensure the best possible project outcome.
The Partnering process is a recognised method of engagement between “a purchaser and the provider of goods or services”. The system is designed to achieve specific objectives by maximising the effectiveness of each participant’s resources by:
- Setting out mutual objectives
- Agreeing a method of resolving problems
- Continually seeking measurable improvements
Partnering arrangements, which have been formally used in the Public Sector since 1994, identify two key components:
- Quality to be considered equally as important as the tendered price
- Adoption of open book accounting to promote trust and cooperation, and to avoid delays and claims
Consul have partnered with many different public sector clients on a number of projects valued from £425,000 to £7m upwards.
Recent examples – highlighting the considerable benefits of a Consul / Client partnering arrangement include:
- Decent Homes Standards – Ealing Council
Kitchen & Bathroom replacement project on course to complete 3 months early. Cost savings re-allocated to additional £500,000 enabled further units to be completed before end of financial year. Excellence of KPI results used as an example project for Government ALMO Inspectors.
Client’s Representative, Lead Designer and Cost Consultant on a number of Partnering Contracts.
Office block refurbishment. Partnering Advisor and Framework Consultant
Currently – Consul are partnering on 5 year agreements with both the Catalyst Group – for delivery of Decent Homes Standards (Cyclical Programme) – and St Mungo’s, the homelessness charity and housing association.