To ensure the smooth running of a construction project a contract administrator must have the ability to act independently between the Employer and the Contractor. He/she must be able to command the respect of the parties to the contract by being resolute and objective to ensure the interests of the Employer and the Contractor are equally balanced
Sometimes during the course of a construction project, the contract administrator may find himself under intense pressure to make quick decisions to ensure the smooth and timely progress of building works. As the middleman between contractor and employer, he will inevitably find himself fielding questions and answering requests of various parties on site on a daily basis. Problems occur when instructions provided by a contract administrator lead to additional and/or varied work being carried out under the contract. Unsurprisingly, the contractor will seek payment for any extras, and the employer may well be very unwilling to release more funds (especially if the contract administrator does not have a contractual power to order variations). Alternatively, a contractor may seek to rely on the fact that he was simply following the contract administrator’s instructions as a defence to an allegation of defective workmanship.
By foreseeing potential problems, we cut out a high proportion of the risks; this also enables a better control of costs. Our contract administrators are team players. They are people who give everyone a voice, so that issues in every discipline get flagged up early.
This experience of our own projects, combined with Dispute Resolution provided for others provides a sound foundation for our contract administration services.
Our expertise in the key risk areas of cost, procurement and programme management has been recognised through regular contract administration commissions from a wide range of clients.