Commentary

53 The significance of completion

BUILDING AND ENGINEERING vol 5
| Commentary

53 The significance of completion

| Commentary

2: COMPLETION

53 The significance of completion

The contractor’s obligation is to achieve ‘completion’ of the contract works1. Once this has been achieved, a number of consequences normally ensue2. The employer is entitled (and obliged) to take possession of and responsibility for the works3. The contractor will incur no (or no further) liability for delay. Completion commonly also marks the commencement of a defects liability period4 and entitles the contractor to the release of a portion of the retention money5.

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