Calling time on delays
The construction industry has traditionally been dogged by delay. This is now being tackled by a new protocol that aims to set out guidelines for employers and contractors. But will it work? asks Melanie Willems
It is trite but true that delays are the bane of construction projects. They are time consuming and thus costly to parties involved in the construction process. Dealing with delay and disruption is a key component of the claims culture that hampers the UK construction industry. This culture persists despite progress in tackling it in recent years, through heightened awareness (by the Latham Report and other initiatives) and new dispute resolution strategies (the emergence of adjudication and the continued use of mediation).
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