Contractor's master programme
Contracts may require that the contractor provides a master programme for the construction of the works as soon as possible after the execution of the contract, if it has not been previously provided. However, as it is produced after the execution of the contract, the programme does not impose any obligation on the contractor beyond those obligations imposed by the contract documents.
For clarity, the contract documents should specify the level of detail required by the contractor's master programme, which may include critical paths and other information allowing the contract administrator to interrogate the programme and properly assess its implications.
The contract administrator may comment on the contractor's master programme but should not approve it, as approval might be considered to relieve the contractor of liability for programming the works in such a way as to achieve the completion date.
In making any comments, the contract administrator may wish to consider whether the master programme properly reflects the requirements of the contract (such as the inclusion of the appropriate milestones), whether it contains errors and whether it will make unrealistic demands on the consultant team to produce or comment on information.
The programme may be used as the baseline for a claim for an extension of time by the contractor, and the contractor is generally required to update the master programme as the works proceed to reflect any extensions of time that have been granted.
Under the NEC (The New Engineering Contract): Engineering and Construction Contract, requirements regarding the preparation of the contractor's programme are more specific, and upon acceptance it becomes the ‘accepted programme’ for the works.
There is "...nothing in the (JCT) contract that obliges the contractor to have a master programme." [ref Chappell, D. (2014). The JCT Standard Building Contract 2011. 1st ed. John Wiley and Sons Ltd., p.100]. The contractor merely has to provide it if they have created one, although it could be argued that on any sizeable contract it would be virtually impossible to complete the project without a master programme.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
- Accepted programme.
- Activity schedule.
- Construction contract.
- Contract administrator.
- Contract documents.
- Contractor's working schedule.
- Design programme.
- Extension of time.
- How progress is agreed in construction.
- How to manage construction plant.
- Information release schedule.
- Programme for building design and construction.
- Programme consultant.
- Progress of construction works.
- Project crashing.
- Request for information.
- Scheduling construction activities.
- Short period programme.
- Tender works programme.
- Time-location chart.
- Time management of construction projects.
 External references
Featured articles and news
What will the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) mean for you when they come into force in May?
Business Secretary chairs a new taskforce to monitor and advise on mitigating the impacts of Carillion’s liquidation.
Sir John Armitt is appointed the new chair of the National Infrastructure Commission.
High quality and high density homes - is it what we need or is it storing up trouble?
Government announces its intention to strengthen planning rules to protect music venues and neighbours.
National Audit Office reports that there is little evidence that PFI offers better value than other forms of contracting.
What is liquidation and how does it apply to contractors in the construction industry?
Scrutiny is placed on Carillion's controversial 2013 decision to extend subcontractor payment terms to 120 days.
RSHP unveil their involvement in a boundary crossing which will provide a new entry point into Hong Kong.
With PFI currently under the spotlight due to Carillion, this introductory article explains what they are.
Estimates suggest that up to 30,000 small firms could be at risk of non-payment as a result of Carillion's collapse.