Bills of Quantities for Highway Works

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Bills of Quantities (BoQ) Training

Course Synopsis

The Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works is used for the preparation of the majority of UK highway construction and maintenance schemes (both on Trunk Roads including Motorways and roads which are the responsibility of Local Authorities). It consists of Volumes 0 to 6 inclusive. The Employer’s technical requirements are set out in accordance with Volumes 1 and 2, the Specification for Highway Works and its Notes for Guidance respectively. Volume 4 is entitled Bills of Quantities for Highway Works and it deals with methods of billing and payment issues. This course gives delegates the opportunity to understand how Volume 4 operates in order to ensure that bills of quantities are prepared properly and Contractors make due allowance for included elements of work when tendering and claim those items to which they are contractually entitled in payment statements. Practical exercises are included to ensure that delegates are fully familiar with the system.

This seminar is intended for:-

Those using the MCHW for the preparation of tenders for highway construction and maintenance schemes;
those pricing such tenders; and those responsible for dealing with MCHW measurement issues on the Employer’s, Engineer’s or Contractor’s staff.

Session 1 Introduction.

How the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works was derived and the various forms it has taken since its inception. The contents of the current version of the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works. Volume 4 in context.

Session 2 Outline of the Component Sections of Volume 4.

Indication of the function of each and their inter-relationship.

Session 3 MCHW 4.1 – The Method of Measurement for Highway Works.

How Itemisation Tables operate and the importance of Item Coverage.

Session 4 Exercise 1 – Use of MCHW 4.1.

Session 5 MCHW 4.2 – The Notes for Guidance on the Method of Measurement for Highway Works.

The importance of referring to this Section whenever Sections 1 and 3 are used.

Session 6 MCHW 4.3 – The Library of Standard Item Descriptions for Highway Works.

How to word items properly.

Session 7 Exercise 2 – Preparing a Bill of Quantities.

Session 8 Exercise 3 – Using the MCHW 4 in conjunction with MCHW 1 & 2.

Session 9 Review and Discussion.

Objectives At the end of the course, participants should be able to:-

Understand the role of and how to use each of the three Sections which comprise Volume 4 of the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works – Bills of Quantities for Highway Works,

be able to compile bills of quantities which accord with the requirements of the MCHW, and

be able to compile/check Contractor’s payment statements prepared under the MCHW.

Course duration: 1 Day

Cost: £295 + VAT


Bills of Quantities Training Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dunfermline and other sites throughout the UK including onsite closed company courses are available.

Bills of Quantities Training Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, India, Ghana and Nigeria is also available.

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Scheduled Courses:

    DateCourse NameLocationPrice (Excluding VAT)Book
    2 JulBills of Quantities for Highway WorksGlasgow£350Enquire Now
    2 OctBills of Quantities for Highway WorksLondon£350Enquire Now
    19 NovBills of Quantities for Highway WorksEdinburgh£350Enquire Now