This new contract has been published specifically to provide anyone who is extending or building their own home or other small works, with the peace of mind in knowing that all the potential problems and pitfalls that may arise during the construction phase have been elinimated before any work has actually begun.
The contract has been produced by the Institution of Civil Engineers, the oldest, and one of the most respected, professional engineering bodies in the world, following cases of misunderstanding between clients and professional consultants regarding the scope of work and the services provided.
Compiled in the form of a check list, the contract is divided into five sections:
•Investigations and reports
• Design services
• Additional specified services, and payment
The consultant runs through each of the items inthe above sections with the client indicating, by initialling the appropriate box, which services are to be provided, thus ensuring that both parties are fully aware of each other's responsibilities.