There are a handful of contractual routes to consider depending on the size, timescale and complexity of your office refurbishment project.
On a major project with a contract value of over £500,000, the best advice is to enter into a Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) building contract. These are fairly meaty tomes and you will certainly require professional help from a Project Manager or lawyer to complete it! T
hat said, it would give you the best protection in the unlikely event that things go wrong.
For smaller projects your office refurbishment partner should be able to offer you a short form of contract based on the JCT contract that would offer you the same basic protection, but presented in a digestible form. These contracts are also suited to minor works, although often a simple exchange of letters will do the job.
If in doubt, run through the options with your office refurbishment partner or an independent Project Manager. Whatever form of contract you select, make sure that no works are undertaken without you having signed off the costs and having had the programme implications explained to you.
Additional works and variations to the contract should be agreed and costed prior to commencement to avoid unnecessary stressful “final account” negotiations at the end of the project.
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