Apologies if this has been asked (I looked) and bear with me I am new to the NEC3 (but not to Contracts). I am struggling with a concept.
[64.1 bp 3] requires the PM to assess the CE “if, when the Contractor submits quotations” no programme has been submitted. Under [64.3] the PM is required to assess the CE “within the period allowed for the Contractor’s submission of his quotation” i.e. within 3 weeks from the instruction to submit quotations.
However if it is clear that there is a need for essentially a unilateral assessment by the PM (of the CE and of the program), why does the PM still have to instruct the Contractor to submit quotations [61.4 2nd Para. bullet point 1 and 2]?
Apart from fulfilling (i) the “Yes/No” determination in [64.1] being the submittal (only) of quotations and (ii) setting a starting point for the 3 weeks under [64.3] and (iii) forming (presumably) the basis of an automatic fall-back of treated acceptance under 64.4, IF the PM makes his assessment on time and notifies it under [65.1], what purpose does this Contractors quotation actually serve in this instance?