Last edited 11 Sep 2020

Handover construction site to the client

The handover of the site to the client takes place once the contract administrator has confirmed that the works defined in the contract are complete. However, it should be planned well in advance, and any special requirements included in appointment documents and contracts.

Handover may take place during a handover meeting following an inspection of the site.

During handover the client should be issued with:

If building information modelling (BIM) is being used, the common data environment may be transferred to the employer, including the final published information and the archive which provides a record of all activities in the common data environment during the project. If they have not already done so, the employer should appoint an asset information manager to maintain the information.

In addition:

If the soft landings framework is adopted, there may be additional requirements to ensure a smooth transition from construction to occupation, such as aftercare services and the provision of a technical guide. These additional services should be included in appointment documents and contracts. See Soft landings for more information.

See: Handover strategy for more information.

NB The RIBA Plan of Work 2020 renamed stage 6 'handover and close out' as 'handover. The Plan of Work suggest that: 'In addition to the core contractual obligations to rectify defects, certify Practical Completion and close out the Building Contract, other tasks need to be undertaken. A Project Performance session needs be facilitated, so that the project team can share their experiences for the benefit of future projects... Initial Aftercare tasks need to be initiated and completed.'

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