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Bermuda Construction with BCM McAlpine
Formed after BCM, a Bermuda construction group, and Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd (“McAlpine”), a UK based construction group, entered into extensive discussions on joint venturing on major construction projects in Bermuda. Through these discussions it became clear to both parties that they shared a common approach to business – a commitment to quality products and service, and a determination to build long term relationships.
In early 1996, this relationship was truly cemented when the local management bought out BCM’s share of the Company and the new operation purchased the operating assets from the BCM Group. This created a small but flexible management team with the resources, both physical and human, to position BCM McAlpine to provide the level of service and expertise that Bermuda needs to help enhance its position in the international business arena.
BCM McAlpine operates solely in Bermuda and is mainly involved in general contracting and construction management. We undertake Bermuda commercial office, hotel, school, residential and interior fit out projects, as well as operating a Bermuda builders’ supply merchant yard and the largest mill shop in Bermuda, which produces one-off special order millwork for the local market.
Our preferred approach is to become part of the development team for major Bermuda construction projects during the planning phase. We are very much a service orientated company, looking to build long term relationships and make the construction component of any project as problem free for an owner as possible. This approach has led to much of our work being negotiated with clients.In the Bermuda environment, where construction costs are relatively high, it is very important to design the building so it can be constructed in the most efficient manner. If we are involved early in the planning process, we are able to understand our clients time and budgetary constraints and help them plan and design a Bermuda development that meets their business objectives. In order that a client can still ensure that they are receiving value for money, we will agree our fee structure before this process begins and then provide budgeting and pricing on an open book basis as the development planning proceeds. In this manner our clients are able to see what they are paying for, participate in negotiations with subcontractors and amend their design and specifications to match their budgets. We are able to ensure that the design reflects the most cost effective approach for the building in Bermuda.
Once this process reaches its conclusion and our client is happy with what they are paying for and we are confident we can deliver our clients expectations, the final budget would typically then be converted to a Fixed Price Stipulated Sum contract. BCM McAlpine has undertaken many of our larger projects on this basis, including The Waterfront at Pitt’s Bay, Bermuda, Phase I (2000), Cambridge Beaches Hotel Hilltop Cottages Bermuda (2001), the Atlantis Apartments Bermuda (2004), Crow Lane House Bermuda (2005) and The Waterfront at Pitt’s Bay Bermuda Phase II (2006).
BCM McAlpine have operated under a number of different forms of contract. The most commonly used is the Bermuda Standard Form of Contract comprising (i) AIA Document A201-1997 “General Conditions of the Contract for Construction”, (ii) CCC 201 “The Bermuda Standard Form of Contract for Construction” and (iii) the applicable Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Contractor which shall be primarily AIA Document A101-1997 where the basis of payment is “Stipulated Sum”.
We have also undertaken work on the basis of Cost Plus a Fee, Construction Management, Design and Build and on a Bill of Quantities. We are prepared to consider any contract that meets our clients needs.