446. Employment of architect or engineer.

Where the architect or engineer is employed to design and supervise a building or works, the contract is often informal, but frequently the standard conditions of engagement will be incorporated in the contract1. Where drawings and plans2 are submitted in a competition the published conditions of the competition, coupled with the acceptance by the architect, may constitute a written contract to employ the successful competitor3.

Under Part II of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 19964, the definition of a construction contract5 includes an agreement to do architectural, design or surveying work, or to provide advice on building, engineering,