Building Contractors

So, you’ve designed your scheme, secured the funding and appointed a project manager to oversee your project – what’s next? Enter the building contractors! These are the teams who will carry out the physical aspects of the job. Large and complex schemes will often have more than one contractor involved. In some cases, your Project Manager will be responsible for coordinating who does what and when. Alternatively, a main contractors may be responsible for the job as a whole, but will sub-contract more specialist parts of the project, such as mechanical and electrical aspects, to another firm.

How to select a building contractor

If you are using a consultant to help prepare your CIF bid, they will manage the procurement process on your behalf. If however, you have chosen to go it alone, there are a number of things that you should take into account when selecting a contractor to complete the work.

Our advice would be to firstly check that a proposed contractor has experience completing jobs such as yours. Not only that, but it is also important for them to have done so in environments similar to your own. Ask for case studies and client references, and be sure to follow them up. Next, you’ll need to think about legislative items such as Health and Safety Policies. Does a contractor have a written Health and Safety Policy? How many accidents have they had to report to the HSE under RIDDOR in the past 2 years? Does the contractor have adequate Insurance cover? Possibly most importantly, you will need to understand a contractor’s safeguarding measures.

This is by no means an exhaustive checklist, but should give you an idea of where to start. We have taken references from all companies advertising on this site in order to determine their relevance to the Conditions Improvement Fund. However, visitors to this site should note that we do not endorse or accredit any firm beyond this measure.