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Spon's Grounds Maintenance Contract Handbook - R. M. Chadwick

Spon's Grounds Maintenance Contract Handbook

Hardcover Published: 16th July 2005
ISBN: 9780419151609
Number Of Pages: 157

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The government's Privatization of Services Bill requires all local authorities to prove their competitiveness in the private sector. This book has been written for those people at the sharp end of grounds maintenance, those who are performing a balancing act between making a profit and maintaining standards. This is the only book dealing exclusively with contract grounds maintenance. It is a detailed step-by-step guide to the process of setting up a contract grounds maintenance section. Giving up-to-date information on tendering, specification writing, administration and all aspects of preparing for, arranging and servicing the contracts. Those members of Direct Labour Organizations who have found themeselves having to tender for their own work, will find this handbook invaluable. It is a source of advice and information for parks and recreation managers, leisure managers, landscape architects, quantity surveyors and estate managers and to all local authority staff who are wrestling with the complexities of compulsory competitive tendering. It will also be particulary helpful to students of amenity horticulture and landscape management.

Part 1 The concept of contract grounds maintenance: changing times; political considerations; economic reasons; in support of the DLO; the training of gardeners. Part 2 Some basic considerations: the Local Government Act 1988; gaining experience; term contracts; a gradual transition; the role of the DLO. Part 3 Preparing the ground: the need for information; contract drawings; landscape schedules; field work; landscape features; recording the information; an ongoing process. Part 4 Contractors: size of contract frims; type of work; sources of contractors; establishing the creditability; trade information. Part 5 Specifications (1): need for a specification; purpose of a specification; content of the specification; choice of specification. Part 6 Specifications (2): authorship; structure and content; writing the specification; the completed document; the master document; revision of the specification. Part 7 Estimates: the concept of an estimate; reasons for the estimate; defining the estimate; preparation for the provisional estimate; preparation of the weighted estimate; preparation of the final estimate; the error percentage; the acceptable percentage; the acceptable estimate; worked example. Part 8 Tenders and tendering: the tender list; intention to tender; the tender package; non-tender form; receipt of tenders; notification of results; Part 9 Supervision: the importance of supervision; the contractor; the supervising officer; the supervising officer's representative. Part 10 Schedules of rates: the need for a schedule; description of the schedule; analysis of the schedule. Part 11 Contract documentation: the contract file; the contract check list; intention to tender; instructions for tendering; form of tender; non-tender form; supplementary schedules; tender reports; variation orders; payment certificates; other contract documentation. Part 12 The DLO as tenderer: the competitive DLO; problems to be overcome; the DLO advantageous position.

ISBN: 9780419151609
ISBN-10: 0419151605
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 157
Published: 16th July 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.36
Edition Number: 1