Monthly Archives: September 2017

What is a building contract and why do I need one?

For a traditional build, a building contract is the agreement your builders will work from to deliver your project within the cost and time frame you agreed, to the specification you expect.

The agreement is based on three main factors:

  1. TIME it will take to complete the works; The Date for Completion is agreed in writing with your chosen Building Contractors and entered into the Contract.
  2. COST of the Works; The Contract Sum as provided by the Contractor in writing and agreed by the Employer is entered into the Contract.
  3. QUALITY of the Works; Clauses within the building contract state that Works are to be completed in accordance with the Contract Documents. These are the technical drawings and specifications of the Works compiled by your Architect.

What role does your architect perform?

Your Architect will act as an independent administrator of the contract, known as the ‘Contract Administrator’, checking work onsite and ensuring the build is being completed in accordance with the three main factors (as defined within the Contract Documents) –

  1. TIME: If the Contractor thinks the build may take longer than stated within the Contract, your Architect will assess their claim for any Extensions of Time and whether their reasons are in accordance with the terms of the Contract. If they are not, you may be entitled to damages (as pre-agreed and written into the Contract).
  2. COST: Before payment to your contractor, your architect will inspect the works on site and certify they are being completed in accordance with the contract documents. This ensures you are never overpaying for Works completed at each stage of the build.
  3. QUALITY: This ensures that what has been designed is what is being built on site.

Forms of contract will be directly applicable to the size and type of your project. Your Architect will recommend the most suitable Contract for your build.


Meet The BBD Team – Molly Hogan

Molly Hogan: Part 1 Architectural Assistant/Office Nutritionist

Fresh from the Undergraduate degree at Portsmouth University Molly is undertaking her placement with us. It turns out she loves it here so much she’s chosen to take a second year of experience before she returns to University to complete her Diploma in Architecture! (yes, our education is never ending)

Molly bounces into the office everyday straight from the gym and we are sure she could bench press the entire BBD team.  She avidly collects ‘Yoyo’ cards and if anyone has any swaps get in touch!

Architecture loves: Frank Lloyd Wright

Favourite music: Anything Disney or Taylor Swift

Most likely to say: ‘it’s not a Pigeon and it’s not a Chicken’

Hates: Spiders