Last edited 21 May 2021

Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act HGRA


[edit] Introduction

The Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (HGRA - also known as the Construction Act) is intended to ensure that payments are made promptly throughout the supply chain and that disputes are resolved swiftly.

Provisions of the act include:

The Act applies to all contracts for 'construction operations' (including construction contracts and consultants' appointments). If contracts fail to comply with the act, then the Scheme for Construction Contracts applies.

[edit] 2011 amendments

The act was amended in October 2011 to close loop holes within its provisions.

The act now applies to construction contracts including those that are not in writing. Adjudication clauses must still be in writing, otherwise the scheme for construction contracts applies.

It is no longer allowable to define within a contract who should bear the cost of adjudication, and adjudicators have the right to correct errors in their decisions within 5 days of delivering that decision.

Specific changes have also been made regarding procedures for making payments:

[edit] Retentions

The Construction (Retention Deposit Schemes) Bill 2017-19 proposes amending the Act to ensure that retentions are held in a third party trust.

For more information see: Retentions reform.

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