PFI/PPP terms (Glossary)

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

  • PFI/PPP terms (Glossary)
  • Abandon
  • Acceptance Tests
  • Access Protocol
  • Adjudicator
  • Adverse Rights
  • Authority
  • Authority Change
  • Authority Service Provider
  • Authority's Requirements (also known as the Employer's Requirements)
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PFI/PPP terms (Glossary)


Describes a situation where the contractor stops carrying out the works for a prolonged and consecutive period of days (eg 20 business days) or for a longer non-consecutive period of days throughout the life of the project (eg 60 business days) and does so wilfully and without a reason. Abandonment is usually classed as a contractor default which would allow the authority to terminate the Project Agreement and/or allow the Project Co to terminate the construction contract.

Acceptance Tests

Tests undertaken to see if the facility (or other project asset) meets the standards required for the Authority to accept the facility as complete.

Access Protocol

The protocol which must be adhered to by Project Co in order to gain access to the buildings which form part of the project. For example on a social housing project or a school, certain criteria would need to be met by Project Co before it or its Contractor could access dwellings or the school to undertake repairs or refurbishment.


An individual nominated to resolve disputes. Disputes are referred to an adjudicator who will then resolve them within a short timescale circa 28 days. The Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (HGCRA 1996) as amended by the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009 (LDEDCA 2009) entitles a party to a 'construction contract' (as that term is defined in the

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