Partnership (sometimes called alliancing, for example in the rail sector) is a broad term used to describe a collaborative management approach that fosters openness and trust between the parties. The parties become interdependent to succeed, which requires a change in culture, attitude and procedures throughout the supply chain. It is most often used on large, long-term or high-risk contracts. PBS`s tenders for major design and construction contracts indicate the intention to include partnerships in projects. PBS actively strives to obtain the contractor`s commitment after the order has been assigned through personal or written contact. For partnerships to be successful, engagement at all levels within an organization is necessary to make the program or project a success. Setting up a partnership contract is a tedious process that in itself entails initial costs. The PBS Partner Program is administered by the Office of the Chief Architect. The partnership is part of GSA`s Construction Excellence Program, which aims to provide taxpayers with exceptional and cost-effective federal buildings. The main benefits come from strategic partnerships (multiple projects) rather than a single project The U.S. General Services Administration`s (GSA) Public Buildings Service (PBS) has adopted partnerships as the standard business practice for its national design and construction program.
Partnerships have proven to use PBS to improve the quality, cost-effectiveness and timeliness of the program`s projects. There should be a meeting of senior management of all companies involved in the project at the beginning of the design phase. However, senior managers at the CEO level should meet to discuss the partnership approach to project management. The commitment of the top of any organization is essential for collaboration. a traditional construction contract with a separate partnership charter The commercial risk for the tariffs under the agreement is borne by the contractor. Often, customers and developers write high damages for delays in agreements, as contractors under contract with partnership agreements are likely to have to deliver plans with short lead times to a pre-agreed pricing plan. While the entrepreneur may be able to take advantage of the pricing plan, some may find it difficult to buy trades at pre-agreed rates, especially if they have lower sales. Partnerships are a good option for developers doing repetitive work in different places where speed and quality are just as important.
Each individual project may have little value, but the combined value of multiple projects allows for economies of scale. For example, an SMB developer can run five programmes a year, each with a contract value of Â£250,000. Each project requires a design, cost/budget plan, contribution to the structural analysis plan, services used, and approval of the plan before the bidding program hits the market. If a developer of these five disciplines had a team of 2 to 3 consultants to advertise each discipline, this would represent 10 to 15 requests, meetings, fee proposals and reviews to be carried out. That`s all for one project. In this example, we have 5 projects, or 75 fee requests per year, potentially 75 different contact people in all disciplines. The Partnership Charter should require all team members to resolve disputes without any claims or disputes. The goal is for any disagreement to be resolved at the project level and if a dispute cannot be resolved at the project level, it should quickly move to the next management level for resolution. Solutions must be sought in a “win-win” atmosphere of open communication and trust.
The goal is to avoid claims and any involvement of external lawyers that could lead to a legal dispute. Alternative dispute resolution (ADR) techniques can be an important part of the partnership process. If a dispute cannot be resolved at the lower level, the parties should agree on equally cost-effective mediation or dispute resolution The partnership is also a good option for “megaprojects”, often for long-term, high-value infrastructure projects. In these projects, clients may consider them “too big” for a single contractor, and the entrepreneurs can therefore unite as a joint venture. An example of this is the Aberdeen Bypass, a new bypass for Aberdeen at an estimated cost of Â£745 million, spanning 36 miles. The actual cost of this project would be over Â£1 billion and discussions on responsibility for the additional costs are ongoing. The design team consisted of a partnership between Carillion, Galliford Try and Balfour Beatty. By the way, after the carillion collapse, it was reported that Galliford Try was charged with around Â£40 million in additional costs and Balfour with around Â£30 million.
Contractors working under partnership agreements are likely to benefit from the continuity of the work, although it is not clear whether the contractor`s margin will be increased as a result of the partnerships. The benefits of a partnership can include the following: We`ve all seen construction projects where conflicting and conflicting attitudes have led to misdirected energies and high costs for claims and litigation. The partnership process changes the mindset. Partnerships can help us all in the design and construction process refocus our energies and focus on the real issues associated with achieving optimal project goals. Partnerships are not a panacea. Partnerships require a great commitment from all parties to the project to work in a team environment that leads to a “win-win” relationship. Partnerships can and are changing our industry, one project at a time. This is an approach that can lead to great results for our industry. The goal of the construction partnership is to reduce project costs and schedules, eliminate change orders and claims, and improve communication by developing jointly agreed project success and partnership goals and monitoring the achievement of these goals throughout the life of the project.  The Construction Partnership team will also develop an agreed dispute resolution procedure called the Dispute Resolution Manager.  An example of a government-led strategic partnership (i.e., multiple projects) would be the most successful path. Many contracts in the Middle East are short-term and without a lifetime item.
“Partners” include all stakeholders, i.e. anyone who can influence the project. The first step is to form a “partner team” whose members represent all the groups involved in the project phase. Team membership grows with the project, with some members leaving and newcomers on board. In partnership, the linear contract chain is replaced by the desire to solve problems collaboratively and on an equal footing. With this approach, the entire supply chain is involved in important decisions and can provide technical information when needed. .