Architects – Consulting Engineers

The role of architects in the building process has traditionally been to design, advise or manage. However, they are increasingly becoming involved in partnerships and, more and more frequently, contract other advisers such as constructors, mechanical and electrical consultants and interior designers or landscape architects. They also regularly provide services during the procurement phase, including the drawing up of functional specifications, the choice of tendering form and the drawing up of contracts with the constructor-commissionee.

Consulting engineers are called in to advise on a wide range of issues such as building physics, fire safety engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, facade technology, underground construction, airtight construction, vibration technology, Systems Engineering, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and issues relating to traffic and/or industry and the environment.

We advise architects and consulting engineers in disputes on (advice given in relation to) tenders, building management, design errors, contract variations, premature termination, copyright, interruptions and penalty and discount arrangements, CAR or AVB insurance, hidden defects and guarantees.

We are familiar with all relevant design and consultancy conditions that apply in the construction industry, such as the DNR2005/DNR2011, SR 1997 and RVOI 2001.

If necessary, we initiate legal proceedings with the arbitrators at the Board of Arbitration for the Construction Industry (Raad van Arbitrage voor de Bouw), the Netherlands Arbitration Institute (Nederlands Arbitrage Instituut, NAI), and the ordinary courts. Wherever possible, the dispute is resolved through mediation or a binding opinion.