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If an employer uses a utility coordinator to manage and organise utility connections with Statutory Undertakers, does this affect the status of Statutory Undertakers, as defined in clause 2.26.6 of JCT Design & Build Contract?

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Published on LexisPSL on 17/09/2019

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  • If an employer uses a utility coordinator to manage and organise utility connections with Statutory Undertakers, does this affect the status of Statutory Undertakers, as defined in clause 2.26.6 of JCT Design & Build Contract?

If an employer uses a utility coordinator to manage and organise utility connections with Statutory Undertakers, does this affect the status of Statutory Undertakers, as defined in clause 2.26.6 of JCT Design & Build Contract?

The JCT Design and Build Contract 2016 (JCT DB) defines a Statutory Undertaker in clause 1.1 as:

‘any local authority or statutory undertaker where executing work solely in pursuance of its statutory obligations, including any persons employed, engaged or authorised by it upon or in connection with that work.’

Clause 2.26 of the JCT DB sets out the ‘Relevant Events’ which may entitle the Contractor to claim an extension of time to complete the works. For more on extensions of time, see Practice Notes: Extensions of time under

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