The role of the contract administrator is to manage the contract between the builder and the client although he is often involved in the earlier pre contract stages in the design and in obtaining the various permissions.
Building construction is a complex process and skilful management can be the key to success. Employing a contract administrator removes the client, or employer, from the day-to-day management of the building project and reduces risk and the potential for conflict.
I have successfully overseen construction projects on behalf of commercial and residential clients for over thirty years enabling me to:
- Advise on the procurement of the building works
- Prepare tender documents and invite tenders or negotiate prices with suitable contractors and advise the client on the appointment of the contractor
- Arrange pre-contract meetings to discuss the programming and organization of the works
- Prepare formal contract documents and arrange signature by both parties where required
- Arrange for the commencement of the works and check the contractor’s programme
- Carry out regular site visits to monitor the progress and quality of the works
- Assess the need for variations to the works, report to the employer and issue instructions to the contractor
- Report to the employer on progress and expenditure including updating the final contract sum
- Administer the terms of the building contract
- Agree valuations of the works and issue certificates authorising payment
- Agree the final account with the contractor and issue Practical Completion certificates
- Administer the rectification (defects liability) provisions of the contract