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Estimating and Tendering for Construction Work

5th Edition

By Martin Brook


334 pages

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Estimators need to understand the consequences of entering into a contract, often defined by complex conditions and documents, as well as to appreciate the technical requirements of the project. Estimating and Tendering for Construction Work, 5th edition, explains the job of the estimator through every stage, from early cost studies to the creation of budgets for successful tenders.

This new edition reflects recent developments in the field and covers:

  • new tendering and procurement methods
  • the move from basic estimating to cost-planning and the greater emphasis placed on partnering and collaborative working
  • the New Rules of Measurement (NRM1 and 2), and examines ways in which practicing estimators are implementing the guidance
  • emerging technologies such as BIM (Building Information Modelling) and estimating systems which can interact with 3D design models

With the majority of projects procured using design-and-build contracts, this edition explains the contractor’s role in setting costs, and design statements, to inform and control the development of a project’s design.

Clearly-written and illustrated with examples, notes and technical documentation, this book is ideal for students on construction-related courses at HNC/HND and Degree levels. It is also an important source for associated professions and estimators at the outset of their careers.


"This book is… an authority on the common practice in our industry, specifically in the areas of estimating and tendering and is produced by a senior member of our industry, whose expertise and standing … is long established."

Mark Kane Esq, B.Sc (Hons), LL.B (Hons), LL.M, FCIOB, FCIArb, c.BuildE, FCABE, in Building Engineer: The Journal of the Chartered Association of Building Engineers

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction 2. Organization of the estimating function 3. Procurement paths 4. Formal tender documentation 5. Contractor selection and decision to tender 6. Project appreciation and enquiries to suppliers and sub-contractors 7. Estimating methods 8. Design to Cost 9. Tenders with cost planning 10. Quantification for Estimating 11. Tender planning and method statements 12. Resource costs - labour, materials and plant 13. Unit rate pricing 14. Sub-contractors and market testing 15. Risk, opportunities and inflation 16. Provisional sums and dayworks 17. Preliminaries 18. Cash flow forecasts 19. Completing the estimate and tender settlement 20. Tender submission and results 21. Action with the successful tender 22. Computer-aided estimating

About the Author

Martin Brook has over 39 years’ experience as a contractor’s estimator and lecturer teaching pre-contract studies to technician and undergraduate construction courses. He is currently Cost Planning Consultant at Carillion Construction working with teams tendering for design and build, PPP projects and partnering contracts. His experience extends to tendering for construction projects in the UK, the Middle East and Canada. He was responsible for writing the 6th edition of the CIOB Code of Estimating Practice.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / General
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / Contracting
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Construction / Estimating