ADCAS backs action on unrealistic prices for jobs
ADCAS has voiced its support for the Government’s plans to force contractors to explain themselves if they submit unrealistically low bids for public sector contracts.
Fergus Harradence, Deputy Director for Infrastructure and Construction, recently told a webinar hosted by the Building Engineering Services Association (BESA) that “any bids which appear unrealistically low will be rejected unless the bidder has a plausible explanation.”
Harradence added that unrealistic bidding meant the government did not get the quality projects it wants and Construction Playbook firms who underbid will now face detailed interrogation.
Malcolm Moss, president of ADCAS, commented, “ADCAS are in full support of the Government’s efforts to discourage unfeasibly low bids – behaviour that damages the integrity of our industry, prevents investment and discourages entry into the sector. ADCAS members have voiced concerns that the issue is now all too common and leads to unfair contracts and risk being passed all the way down the supply chain.”