Administration of construction contracts
Administration of construction contracts

The following Construction practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Administration of construction contracts
  • Introduction
  • What is contract administration?
  • Who is responsible for the administration of building contracts?
  • Traditional procurement
  • Design and Build procurement
  • Management Contracting and Construction Management
  • NEC Contracts
  • What does the contract administrator do?
  • Involvement at pre-contract stage
  • More...

Introduction

This Practice Note sets out how contracts are typically administered on construction projects. It focuses on what the contract administrator does and the differences in how contracts are administered depending on the procurement route followed and form of contract used (focusing primarily on the JCT, NEC ECC and FIDIC contracts).

What is contract administration?

In simple terms, contract administration is the oversight and monitoring of a construction project with the aim of ensuring that the project is successfully delivered. This includes both practical oversight of the project as it is commencing (eg inspecting the works, checking progress and carrying out tests) and the management, issue and review of the documentation (including both payment notices and assessment of claims) required under the contract. In this Practice Note, we have referred to ‘contract administrator’ as a generic term: note however that different standard form contracts use different terminology to describe the person carrying out the contract administration role: this is discussed further in Who is responsible for the administration of building contracts? A summary of what the contract administrator does is set out in What does the contract administrator do?

Who is responsible for the administration of building contracts?

The professional who will be responsible for the administration of a building contract can vary greatly depending on the procurement route and the form of contract being used for the particular

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