But that’s not what you said! April 2012

27-03-2012

The provision of information by the employer or the employer’s design team to a contractor and the allocation of responsibility for the accuracy of that information is a key aspect of risk allocation under any construction contract. Information can extend to documents, such site investigations and site surveys, as well as technical information relevant to the works to be carried out. Such information may be provided either before a contract is entered into or during the course of works. The public works contracts adopt an approach which seeks to pass as much risk as possible onto the contractor for checking the accuracy of all information which may be provided, and changes made in the latest version of the public works contracts (published in July 2011) have reinforced this philosophy.

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