There has been much publicity in the NCE and elsewhere about projects that fail to be completed on time and to budget. The worst cases grab the headlines and give the construction industry a bad name.
Given the nature of our industry it is inevitable that some projects will be varied and delayed but we ought to manage these changes much better than we currently do.
The lack of a common approach about how to handle changes is in itself a frequent cause of dispute.
NCE readers may not be aware that the Society of Construction Law has recently prepared a groundbreaking new protocol that aims to provide a 'best practice' guide for how to record delay and determine extensions of time and compensation for delay.
The protocol is currently in draft form and the subject of public consultation. The consultation period has just been extended to the end of February and I encourage anyone interested to participate in the consultation.
The text of the draft Protocol is available on the Society's website at www. eotprotocol. com.
Jim Pragnell, jim. pragnell@jacobs. com