Commentary

1 Nature of construction contracts

BUILDING AND ENGINEERING vol 5
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1 Nature of construction contracts

| Commentary

Commentary

A: CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS DESCRIBED

1: CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTS DESCRIBED: GENERAL

1 Nature of construction contracts

At common law a construction contract is a contract under which one party (commonly called the contractor) undertakes to carry out works for another party (commonly called the employer) involving the erection, alteration, repair, maintenance, extension or demolition of buildings or other structures on land1. Such contracts are usually termed ‘building contracts’ where they relate to buildings, and ‘engineering contracts’ where they relate to works of infrastructure such as roads, bridges or harbours, or to operational facilities such as oil rigs or power stations. Generally, the distinction between

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