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By Will Hughes

The 5th variation of this bestselling textbook has been completely revised to supply the main up to date and accomplished assurance of the laws, management and administration of building contracts. It now comprises comparisons of operating with JCT, NEC3, and FIDIC contracts throughout.

Introducing this subject on the center of building legislations and administration, this booklet offers scholars with a one-stop reference on building contracts. major new fabric covers:

  • procurement
  • tendering
  • developments in dispute settlement
  • commentary on all key laws, case legislation and agreement amendments

In line with new considering in development administration study, this authoritative advisor is key interpreting for each development undergraduate and a very necessary resource of reference for practitioners.

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The importance of purchasers cannot be over-emphasized. Construction is about providing a service, whether narrowly defined as providing a building or structure, or more broadly defined as providing services, of which construction is simply a sub-set; a means to an end. This provision is complex because of the nature of the product, the duration of the project and the involvement of so many different people. But this should not distract us from the idea that those who pay 6 Construction contracts have expectations.

A professional who places public service above profit will act in the wider interest, not just the interest of the immediate client. It is doubtful whether this would work in practice unless a professional has a certain financial independence from any particular client. As Hughes and Hughes (2013) have pointed out, there is growing interest in developing a sustainable urban 8 Construction contracts environment. Such pressures seem to require a collaborative and participative effort that raises significant challenges for the professional institutions.

The task of builders is generally to bring the labour, materials and components to site and manage their assembly. Today builders might be described as a general contractor or construction firm. Recent developments have caused some construction firms to move away from a focus of construction and more towards a focus of management and co-ordination of others (trade contractors), as in ‘construction management’ procurement (see Chapter 5). Some builders respond to the market by specializing in narrower fields (whether technical specialization or management); others respond by offering wider, integrated packages (such as ‘design and build’, see Chapter 4).

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