One characteristic of the position of installation contractors in the building process is that the progress of their work depends heavily on other construction industry players. No matter whether the party in question is a fitter of metal stud walls, a bricklayer, a steel constructor or concrete supplier, each of these disciplines takes priority because fitting cannot take place before their work has been carried out.
Many disputes therefore relate to a failure to coordinate and the lack of coordination of subcontractors, a poorly accessible location, schedule changes, additions to the agreed work, overstaffing on site, etc.
Another type of dispute concerns the impossibility of carrying out the work due to structural and/or constructional problems. These disputes relate to specification interpretations, the number of engineering phases, a delay or failure in responding to requests for clarification, the absence of a data requirement schedule, additional work, etc.
The majority of the disputes in which we represent installation contractors concern not only the issues referred to above but also claims for compensation due to delays. (This includes any loss or damage suffered due to being forced to work inefficiently).
Our clients in the installation sector are not only involved in traditional specialist fields such as lifts, electrotechnical and mechanical engineering installations, but also heat and cold storage systems and building management systems, to name but a few. They operate in the following sectors:
- Residential and non-residential construction
- Oil, gas & petrochemicals
Besides the standard contracts – STABU (Standard specification system for residential and non-residential construction), Uniform Administrative Terms and Conditions for the Construction Industry 1989 & 2012, UAVTI 1992, General terms and Conditions for Installation Companies (ALIB) 1992 and 2007 – installers are increasingly required to become involved in design work based on Design & Construct type models.