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Are digital tenders really the future of architecture?

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New automation technologies are simplifying and streamlining previously painstaking admin workflows – like managing and analysing tender submissions – and giving you back the time you need to spend on the work you value.

Nearly 40% of the UK’s architects work 10 hours of overtime or more every week, with admin tasks like tender management shouldering a lot of the blame. The back and forth involved in builder communication – organising site visits, following up on documents, interpreting pricing schedules and so on – is a convoluted process, and can have a significant impact on a studio’s budget and schedule.


Small inconveniences add up, too. Liaising with multiple tendering builders, often answering the same questions and sending the same files, slows things down. So does searching busy inboxes for specific emails, rather than having the having critical information easy to find the moment you need it.

Perhaps the biggest frustration we hear from architects is that comparing quotations is considerably more difficult when each builder uses their own personal format.

Workflow automation technology like digital tender management has the power to change the game for architects. From reminding builders about upcoming deadlines to automatically updating all stakeholder documents, a digital tendering tool manages the most time-intensive tasks on your behalf.


A centralised quote system generates standardised tender reports allowing you to compare builders’ proposals against the exact same metrics. And thanks to a growing pool of industry data, your tenders can also be compared against thousands of similar quotes, so you’re not only comparing against other builders, but also the market-at-large.

This is why forward-thinking studios are increasingly using workflow automation tools like Weaver to free up their time, enhance their craft and make their firms more profitable.

That time-intensive admin tasks are “just part of the job” is no longer a justification for accepting them. Just as when Hanratty laid the foundations for CAD with PRONTO back in 1957, the studios who are quickest to adopt these digital tools will find themselves outpacing their competitors and reaping the rewards.