A document prepared by a Designer, itemising all works to enable a Contractor to price the work for which they are bidding for. The first step in preparing a bill of quantities is the 'taking off' - the recording of dimensions from field survey notes and drawings onto dimension paper.
List of numbered work items that describe work to be carried out in a path construction project. Each work item shows an written description (refers to specifications and relevant contract drawing) and the quantity of work involved. The bill of quantities is issued to Contractor's, who return it with rates and costs opposite each work item. A priced bill of quantities constitutes the Contractor's offer. For large scale path construction projects, the general practice is to separate a bill of quantities into individual bills showing preliminaries, construction work items and provisional sums all on one bill of quantities.
The image below shows a typical page of a unpriced bill of quantities. Priced is exactily the same but with rates, costs and total shown.
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