A number of controversial issues are raised by the Department of Transport's "Highways Consultancy Commissions" consultation paper. Following the recommendations made in a commissioned report by independent consultant Frank Griffiths, the changes are intended to save over 10% of the 200 million earned by consultants from the Department of Transport each year. A bonus system is proposed for consultants who achieve quick and cheap settlements of highway contractors claims. It is suggested the "through commission" be replaced by three project stages which will be commissioned separately. A lump sum fee is recommended for stage two project development and design work with time charges for uncertain elements. A "two envelope system" is proposed for tendering with details of staff experience, technical facilities, similar successful projects, proposals for sub-consultancies and staff training in one envelope and the fee offer in the second. Brief details are given of the reactions of a number of consultants to the paper. (TRRL)

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    Thomas Telford Limited

    London,   United Kingdom 
  • Authors:
    • BARRETT, N
  • Publication Date: 1990-7-26


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 5
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  • Accession Number: 00617396
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1991 12:00AM