Multidisciplinary Bid & Design Management

London Bridge Associates aims to bring diverse skill sets into the tendering process for more accurate estimates


Project procurement (tendering) is possibly the most challenging process in the whole of the construction cycle.  The task of properly understanding and resourcing major construction works within a short tender period is one that is fraught with difficulty.

LBA have many years experience in the preparation of estimates and tenders for Contractors, and have done so under a variety of procurement regimes, including:

  • Split technical and commercial tenders
  • Wholly quality and experienced based Early Contractor Involvement (ECI)
  • ECIs with a budget commentary
  • Indicative or fixed target cost

Preparing tenders and determining the right cost for a project is very much a function of having a thorough understanding of:

  • The clients requirements
  • The required methodologies
  • The latest developments in plant and materials
  • Current costs
  • Risk management

This understanding is gained from hands on experience, and the LBA team, with staff working on many current major underground construction projects, is familiar with the latest construction information and best practice.  They are able to bring to a tender team construction planning, estimating, value engineering, and innovation.

At LBA, our experienced professionals, deployed across a number of clients, are able to fit within bid teams, either individually with support from others as necessary, or as a larger team, depending on requirements, and are often able to mobilise at short notice.

The skill set of the LBA team enables them to offer professional advice for the major construction disciplines, with particular skills in:

  • Tunnelling and subsurface works
  • Rail works
  • Foundation construction
  • Geotechnical engineering, analysis, and monitoring.
  • Risk analysis and management.
  • Commercial analysis
  • Document review and vetting.

The LBA team has significant experience of planning and estimating schemes within consultants teams and in preparing scheme budgets directly for employers and is therefore uniquely suited to looking at the proposals for any major underground works project.

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Design Process Management

The management of the design process is a skill that requires experience of both the design process and the technical objectives. London Bridge Associates (LBA) have a team of experienced engineering managers, design managers and design coordinators working for clients, consulting engineers and contractors.

Rail, infrastructure, utility design management

Projects where LBA have provided design and engineering management services recently include:

  • Crossrail Liverpool Street Station CHK
  • Crossrail Paddington Integrated Project
  • Network Rail Thameslink Farringdon Station
  • Network Rail Thameslink London Bridge Station
  • London Underground Wood Lane Station
  • London Underground ‘Cooling the Tube’ project
  • Dublin Metro North
  • (Channel Tunnel Rail Link) CTRL Contract 240
  • Thames Water West Ham Flood Relief Scheme.

The success of major projects is optimised by ensuring that the most appropriate design is delivered in advance of the required on-site dates.
Design, assurance and governance knowledge

Through long-standing working relationships, LBA have intimate working knowledge of the design, assurance and governance process of major clients including London Underground and Network Rail.

LBA aim to integrate construction requirements into the design process

Underground and rail experience

The role is applied at all stages of the construction cycle and, in addition to delivering designs on programme, the LBA aim is to integrate construction requirements into the design process. The LBA team all have experience on site for major underground and railway projects.

The team bring experience, leadership, discipline, communication skills and implement best practice including:

  • Programming and resource planning including use of design control points and gates
  • Design process assessment and definition
  • Design integration of disciplines including mechanical, electrical, station services and architecture
  • Interface management, both technical and stakeholder
  • CDM coordination
  • Engineering assurance
  • Risk management
  • Value management
  • Requirements management
  • Configuration management

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