Last edited 27 Aug 2020

Contract documents for construction

See also Contractual documents for a list of documents that are commonly required by or referred to in a construction contract.


[edit] Traditional contract

The contract documents set out the obligations and responsibilities of the parties to the contract. On a traditionally-procured, fully-designed construction project, the contract documents for suppliers such as the main contractor are likely to include:

Both client and contractor should engross the contract by witnessed signatures prior to commencement of work. In practice the administrative effort of collating all necessary paperwork can be overtaken by the desire to begin construction. In such circumstances it becomes harder to sort out any disputes as to the content. There have been cases where the courts have had to interpret an implied contract when the contract has remained unsigned.

[edit] Design and build

On design and build projects, the contract documents may comprise:

[edit] Building information modelling

On projects that adopt building information modelling (BIM), the contract documents may also include:

Click here to see a diagram showing the relationship between contractual documents for BIM.

[edit] NEC3

The contract documentation under NEC contracts comprises:

[edit] Pre-contract meeting

A pre-contract meeting is likely to take place after the contractor has been appointed. This is an opportunity to for the project team to meet (perhaps for the first time) and to plan their activities. The minutes of the pre-contract meeting may form part of contract documents (for all procurement routes) subject to the agreement of both parties.

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