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What Is a TurnKey Project?



From a house to an urban or commercial project; the "turnkey" modality can be applied to any type of construction, achieving the same benefits. Under this model, the same professional or company is hired to take charge of the entire construction process, instead of making different contracts at each stage.


As a result, the client obtains the following advantages:

  • Faster development of the project. When a single company is in charge of all the disciplines involved in the development of a project, delivery times are accelerated and communication is facilitated since you do not have to work with several independent companies that have their own logistics system, but with only one that makes the project more agile and effective.


  • Risk reduction. The fact that it is a single company also reduces the risks and conflicts of having several people in charge of the design and the work, which prevents disagreements from being generated that generate unforeseen costs that make the work more expensive and can lengthen the delivery time.


  • Time-saving. By combining all the processes in a single company, a lot of time will be saved, since there is no need to look for more companies and the construction times are established from the beginning and they are not at the mercy of each independent contractor.




  • Conflict reduction. When the same contractor is responsible for both the design and the work, the conflict that usually occurs with traditional contracting methods is avoided, where design errors that occur must be corrected during the work, which makes projects more expensive and delayed, generating cost overruns.


  • Modification possibilities. Unlike traditional models in a turnkey project, the company in charge of the construction can introduce modifications to the plans, costs and risks during the development of the work,


while respecting the parameters of the contract that were agreed upon at the beginning. ; these changes may or may not be pre-approved by the customer. Similarly, the client can request changes.


  • Comprehensive work. When this type of project is carried out, there is a guarantee that finished work will be received in its entirety, since the company in charge of developing it has the capacity and personnel specialized in various activities and disciplines, for which will take care of all the details and functionality of the infrastructure.


  • Resource savings. To carry out turnkey projects, it is not necessary to allocate many resources. In addition, its responsibility for administration and coordination is reduced and the organization of the project is improved, achieving higher quality, as well as a more effective and organized execution, time is reduced and therefore cost is reduced.





Characteristics of Turnkey Projects

A turnkey project is based on two essential features: the conjunction of the design and execution of the work in a single person or company and the global obligation that the company assumes before the client to provide a fully equipped project and in perfect condition. functioning. Hence its main particular characteristics.


The first characteristic is that the project implies the realization of a single and unique contract, where the technology involved in the project is established and that will be manifested not only in the plans and technical specifications but also in the industrial property rights, involved in the production process. In certain cases, the contract also includes the training of personnel and technical assistance provided after construction is completed.


Similarly, the detailed elaboration of the project takes place once the contract is concluded, which justifies granting the company the right to introduce modifications to the plans, at its own cost and risk and provided that the parameters established in the contract, such as quality, quantities of raw materials, yields, among others; without the prior approval of the client being necessary.



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