The term Design and Construct (D&C) is a well-established description of a procurement method in which the roles and responsibilities of the various stakeholders are clearly defined. The advent of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) bring a new opportunity for D&C contractors with the concomitant challenge associated with bidding as a member of a private sector consortium with numerous stakeholders. The work described in this paper is based on an ongoing research project that is investigating the costs and the allocation of risks during the bidding process for PPPs. The implications for D&C contractors bidding for social infrastructure PPP projects are explored. The conventional wisdom has been to assume that there is little difference between bidding for a conventional D&C contract as compared with submitting a D&C bid as part of a wider PPP bid. However, the results of our research indicate that there are both subtle and significant differences.
Building Abroad: Procurement of Construction and Reconstruction Projects in the International Context. Proceedings of Building Abroad: Procurement of Construction and Reconstruction Projects in the International Context (Montreal, Canada 23-25 October, 2008) p. 259-272