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This paper is a companion to Section B – Preliminaries of the Agreed Rules of Measurement 4th Edition (2009) and is provided as a guide to help better understanding of ARM and to clarify its contents. It is hoped that it may remove some of the disagreements which can arise on construction projects due to differences of interpretation. The paper follows ARM sequence, stating the rules first and following these with notes and commentary on the individual rules.
Because contractual terms and arrangements are a central concern of the preliminaries bill, this paper has been written with a particular focus on the principal Irish standard forms of contract which may call for a bill of quantities to be prepared in accordance with ARM. These are the Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland (RIAI) ‘yellow’ form of contract and the Public Works Contracts PW-CF1 and PW-CF5. The employer provides the design as part of all three of these contracts.
While this paper attempts to clarify and explain various items in the ARM, it does not seek to override the ARM or any of its provisions.
This paper is the second in a series covering the various sections of ARM4. It is addressed to quantity surveying and construction practitioners as well as students undertaking courses in these disciplines.
Cunningham, Tony, "ARM4 - A Working Guide - Section B - Preliminaries" (2015). Other Resources. 40.