Articles of agreement
- Contract drawings.
- Priced bill of quantities.
- Articles of agreement.
- Contract conditions.
- For contracts where there is a contractor’s designed portion; employer’s requirements, contractor’s proposals and contract sum analysis.
The ‘articles of agreement’ setting out the core obligations of the parties involved. Typically they consist of four sections:
 First recital
 Second recital
 Third recital
Identifies the contract drawings.
 Fourth recital
 Fifth recital
 Sixth recital
Clarifies whether the works are to be carried out in sections.
 Seventh recital
These set out what is agreed between the parties.
 Article 1
 Article 2
 Article 3
 Article 4
Identifies the quantity surveyor.
 Article 5
Identifies the principal designer.
 Article 6
Identifies the principal contractor.
 Article 7
 Article 8
This section sets out the aspects of the contract that are particular to the project to which the contract relates. It is a schedule for the variables in the agreement and conditions. It is important that the variables are compatible with the relevant operating mechanism in the agreement, conditions and schedules as disputes may arise when either party applies the contract particulars information without proper reference to the operating clause.
The attestation is the process of confirming that something is correct or genuine, or that a particular requirement has been met. It may be completed:
Signed by both parties, witnessed and made clear that it is executed as a deed.
 Under hand
A ‘simple contract’ that is signed just by the parties.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki:
- Attestation in construction.
- Construction contracts.
- Contract conditions.
- Contract documents.
- Contract execution.
- Contract negotiation.
- Contracts under seal v under hand.
- Essentials of a contract.
- Intermediate Building Contract.
- Joint Contracts Tribunal.
- Named specialist work.
- Period for reply.
- Procurement route.
- Z clauses.
 External references
- ‘The JCT 05 Standard Building Contract’ (2nd ed.), NDEKUGRI, I., RYCROFT, M., Butterworth-Heinemann (2009)
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