Last edited 27 Feb 2021

Professional appointments

[edit] Introduction

Completing a building project involves the coordination of many different tasks requiring a range of specialist professional advisors (or consultants). The type and number will depend on each individual project but they will usually be appointed by the client (employer) to design the building and ensure the project is on track during the construction process. (In a design and build contract, the consultants will usually be appointed by the contractor).

Typically, a building project may require the following appointments:

However, specialist consultants may be required, depending on the nature of the project, and might include:

For more information see: Consultants.

Generally, appointments can be selected by:

Given the increasing complexity of many construction projects, it is becoming more common that a consultant appointed on a project, will in turn appoint consultants (sub-consultants) to undertake some aspects of the work for which they have been engaged.

[edit] Deeds of appointment

Consultants are usually appointed into their specific role using standard forms of appointment. Bespoke appointment documents and letters of appointment may also be used, but they generally incur more risk as their terms have not been agreed across the industry and their meaning has not been tested in the courts.

These usually include clauses to cover the following:

For more information see: Appointing consultants.

For consultants to work effectively as a team, they are usually advised to adopt collaborative practices as early in the project as possible. The requirement to adopt such practices should be included in appointment documents. For more information see: Collaborative practices.

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