Last edited 26 Dec 2020



[edit] Introduction

Contracting is the activity of constructing a building (or some other type of built asset) in accordance with a pre-agreed set of requirements, regardless of whether these are verbal or expressed as drawings, specifications and formal contracts.

An individual or company that contracts in this way is described as a ‘contractor’, but may also be called a general contractor, main contractor, building contractor and so on. Irrespective of the name, the activities they undertake will go under the umbrella term ‘contracting’. The term contracting derives from the fact that there is usually a contract involved in the process, particularly for large projects; the buildercontracts’ to fulfilling a set of tasks to the satisfaction of the client.

For domestic and other small jobs, the term builder or housebuilder is more often used and, in such cases, it is possible (although inadvisable) that there may not be a formal written contract other than a specification of what is to be carried out or a verbal agreement.

[edit] What contracting may involve

Depending on the type of procurement route that is being followed, contracting in the construction sense can involve the following:

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