Design and Build Contract
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Design and Build Contract (DB) Since the 1980s, there has been a steady growth in the use of the Design and Build procurement approach, and in 2004 it was estimated that nearly 43% of building work (by value) was being undertaken by this method. 6 The DB contract is suitable for projects where the client wants a contractor to take on the responsibility for both the design and construction work, for an agreed lump sum. The format and the conditions of contract are very similar (and sometimes identical) to the SBC/Q, especially as the SBC/Q now incorporates conditions that deal with CDP Work. Because there is such a similarity between the DB and SBC/Q forms of contract it is important to be aware of where the two forms diff er.