Design and construct

U City (SA) by Woods Bagot is an example of the Design and Construct procurement method. Photographer: Peter Barnes. Traditional land owners: the Kaurna people.'The procurement method of Design and Construct is where the cliententers into a single contract with a construction company that provides both the design and construction of a project based on requirements specified by the client' (Office of the Victorian Government Architect, 2021).

Sometimes called design and build, the design and construct form continues to be widely used as a method of procuring buildings in Australia, particularly for government and commercial sectors and also for housing. In larger projects they are known as 'package deals' when the financing and fit-out, and possibly even the land, is included.

Design and construct (D&C) or package-deal contracts do not form part of the Institute's published forms of contract, but an architect may be involved as a subconsultant to a D&C organisation, or as consultant to the owner. It is therefore essential to be aware of and have a working knowledge of this form of contract.

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