Role of the project monitor

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

  • Role of the project monitor
  • Pre-construction duties
  • Procurement strategy
  • Review of technical documents
  • Cost plan
  • During construction
  • Progress monitoring
  • Payments
  • Cost savings
  • Practical completion
  • More...

Role of the project monitor

When a bank or other finance provider decides to provide funding for a construction or development project, it will often appoint a project monitor (or monitoring surveyor) to monitor the project on its behalf. The employees of the lender are unlikely to have either the time or the expertise to carry out this role and so the project monitor will act as 'the eyes and ears' of the lender. Project monitors tend to be either project managers or quantity surveyors as these two professionals will have good knowledge of both the contractual and construction processes. The project monitor should be involved by the lender at an early stage in the design and procurement process, and this involvement will continue through the construction process to practical completion and beyond. This Practice Note sets out the main duties and roles of the project monitor.

Pre-construction duties

Procurement strategy

One of the first decisions which an employer makes at the beginning of a construction development is which procurement route to use. The nature of the project, the complexity of the design and the employer's attitude to risk are amongst the factors which are taken into account when making this decision. For more information on types of procurement see Practice Note: Choosing the right procurement method—construction projects.

A lender will always want to ensure that a borrower is

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