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Last edited 27 Dec 2020
The classic 19th-century definition of a contract is 'a promise or set of promises which the law will enforce' (ref. Pollock, Principles of Contract 13th edition). That is, there is reciprocity of undertaking passing between the promisor and the promisee.
- Cladding installers.
- Concrete installers.
- Steel erectors.
- ICT installers.
- Building services.
Traditionally there have been three main types of subcontractor:
- Domestic subcontractor. A subcontractor selected and appointed by the main contractor.
- Nominated subcontractor. A subcontractor selected by the client to carry out an element of the works.
- Named subcontractor. A subcontractor selected from a list of acceptable sub-contractors provided by the client.
One of the problems in the construction industry is that the first and second tier of the supply chain sign up to fairly onerous agreements but as the chain develops, so the contractual liabilities decrease until suppliers at the end of the chain are often not locked in at all.
In recent years larger companies offering continuity in construction have taken an increasing interest in establishing relationships beyond direct, first tier suppliers. Framework contracts and partnering agreements have pioneered this approach, encouraging the involvement of selected suppliers at relatively early stages of projects while offering continuity of work.
An integrated supply team is one that involves the integration of the complete supply chain involved in the delivery of a project. Under this route, the entire supply team may be appointed after the project brief has been prepared, often under just one contract rather than separate contracts with each individual company.
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- Collaborative practices.
- Construction supply chain payment charter.
- Contract sum.
- Domestic sub-contractor.
- Named specialist work.
- Named sub-contractor.
- Nominated subcontractor v named subcontractor.
- Nominated supplier.
- Payments to nominated sub-contractors.
- Prime cost sum.
- Procurement route.
- Selected subcontractor.
- Sub contractor.
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