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Last edited 15 Jan 2021
The meaning of concession in the construction industry
Generally, a thing conceded is a concession. When something is applied for or requested – whether a right, privilege or point of fact (e.g in an argument) – and it is granted, then the thing that has been granted is a concession.
Examples of a concession are:
- The right to roam across somebody else’s land.
- A business that is granted a licence to operate a concession within another business e.g a newspaper stall in a station.
- Conceding a point in an argument e.g as a way to admit defeat.
For example, a contractor or other supplier which funds and undertakes works in return for payment through capitalising on the finished works. For example, a main contractor is given the concession to apply tolls to a bridge for a certain period (e.g 30 years) as full or part payment for having built the bridge. Such an arrangement may be part of a complex private finance initiative (PFI).
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- Build, own, operate and transfer (BOOT).
- Complex project.
- Concession agreement.
- Construction contract.
- Equivalent project relief provisions.
- How business can bridge the infrastructure gap.
- Managing the procurement process.
- PFIs and adjudication.
- Private finance initiative.
- Public Private Partnership.
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