The specification provided by the Architect and included in the Works Information has described and given the type of product to be used in the construction. Essentially approximately 1,750m2 of a basic carpet tile are required.
The BoQ has 1,750m2 of carpet tile as required but has the additional description that they are to be from a higher product range and have a rubber underlay (possibly copied from another scheme).
The BoQ has been priced at a level corresponding to a higher specification of material.
The Architect has confirmed that they only require the lower specification of carpet tile. They have suggested that there should be a resulting saving.
Contractor claims that they ignored the BoQ description and priced the Works Information instead and therefore there is no saving.
This leads to two questions. If they install the lower specification should there be a saving? Could the Architect insist on using the BoQ product despite there being no corresponding specification item?
The works are using NEC3 ECC Option B.