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Procurement

Published: 22 July 2013 | Edited: 23 February 2021

Procurement is the act or process of bringing about or bringing into existence buildings. It may also refer to the acquiring of buildings already ...

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Other architectural services

Published: 6 December 2011 | Edited: 23 February 2021

Architectural practices are increasingly providing diversified services to clients. However, when offering services beyond that which has ...

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Guarantees and warranties

Published: 16 February 2021

Guarantees A guarantee is an arrangement involving three parties. One party (the guarantor) promises to be responsible for the obligations which a ...

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Preparation of contract documents - contaminated land

Published: 25 November 2011

In the preparation of construction documents, the architect should endeavour to minimise the likelihood of cost adjustments to the contract as a ...

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Contract administration versus supervision

Published: 15 November 2017 | Edited: 16 June 2022

Read time: 6 minutes Supervision of the works performed under a construction contract is generally the responsibility of the head contractor however, ...

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Contractor's role in construction

Published: 2 December 2011

The function of the architect administering a contract can be gleaned from the building contract and also from the architect's conditions of ...

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Practical completion

Published: 6 December 2011 | Edited: 3 February 2022

Read time: 2 minutes Practical completion typically refers to the stage of a construction contract when the works are determined to be fit for use ...

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Security – bank guarantees and cash retention

Published: 2 December 2011 | Edited: 12 March 2020

Security in building contracts is provided by the contractor as an assurance that it will meet its obligations under the contract. The security may ...

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Substitutions

Published: 6 December 2011 | Edited: 8 April 2020

During construction the contractor may propose substituting materials and products specified in the contract documents. The architect administering ...

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