Last edited 23 Feb 2022

Contract administrator for construction contracts

In the construction industry, the contract administrator is the individual responsible for administering the construction standard contracts.

The contract administrator may be the project architect, but could also be the lead consultant, the cost consultant, a specialist consultant, a client representative or employer's agent, the project manager or an engineer.

On a construction management contract, the role of contract administrator might be attributed to the construction manager, and on management contracts the management contractor will perform the role of contract administrator.

Contract administrators are appointed by the client, but when certifying or giving an assessment or decision, they should act honestly and reasonably and their decisions are open to challenge via the dispute resolution procedure unless the contract makes their decisions final and conclusive.

The contract administrator's role will generally include:

NB: On PFI (Private Finance Initiative) projects, there may also be an independent certifier who represents the project funder.

Roles in construction projects: analysis and terminology, by Hughes, W. and Murdoch, J. R, published in 2001 by the University of Reading, suggests that superintending officer is a synonym for contract administrator usually used in government contracts, and that supervising officer is a synonym for contract administrator usually used in local authority contracts.

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