Materials and workmanship in construction contracts
Materials and workmanship in construction contracts

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

  • Materials and workmanship in construction contracts
  • Materials, goods and workmanship
  • Implied terms—Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982
  • Materials/goods of satisfactory quality
  • Materials/goods reasonably fit for purpose
  • Materials/goods to correspond with description
  • Materials/goods to correspond with samples
  • Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982—Workmanship
  • Contracts with a consumer—Consumer Rights Act 2015
  • Materials and workmanship for dwellings—Defective Premises Act 1972
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Materials, goods and workmanship

The materials and workmanship used by a contractor for a construction project are of key concern for employers as, together with the design, this will determine the quality of the completed project—and whether or not the contractor has met the required standard of workmanship, and/or used materials which meet the quality standards under the contract, will often be at the centre of a dispute relating to defective works. The building contract will usually contain detailed provisions covering standards of workmanship and the types and standards of goods and materials that the employer requires the contractor to use. The technical documents appended to the building contract will usually set out most of the detail, but the main contractual terms will also often cover the employer’s requirements as to materials and workmanship. As this Practice Note considers, many of the express requirements in a building contract (or sub-contract to the main building contract) will reflect the statutory requirements as to quality and fitness for purpose, as is the case in some of the standard form construction contracts. Parties also often add provisions to deal with the use of deleterious materials and a mechanism for testing and inspecting the workmanship and materials as the works progress as set out in this Practice Note.

This Practice Note considers the statutory requirements of the Supply of Goods

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