What is refurbishment and construction?

In general, refurbishment can encompass such works as general upgrades, major repair work, alterations, conversions and modernisations. The lifecycle of a building can be significantly extended by effective refurbishment.

As every building is unique, not only structurally and technically, but also in local context, the correct approach to refurbishment should be assessed according to the particular conditions. Whereas the term ‘construction’ refers to the process of building something such as an extension.

The role of the Contract Administrator (CA) is critical to ensuring the smooth running and management of a building contract between the contractor and the employer, and our breadth of experience across all property types and sectors, our in-depth knowledge of construction and all standard forms of building contract, pragmatism and ability to solve problems means that we are well placed to add value to your projects.

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How we can help

In our role as CA, we add value through a professional and proactive approach, with a focus on risk management, effective leadership, stakeholder and programme management and applying our detailed understanding of the construction process.

Our extensive work includes projects on commercial buildings, which are often fully occupied, as well as listed buildings and those in conservation areas. Contract Administration (CA) is a core element of Fresson & Tee’s work, with all of our surveyors having the skills necessary to perform as a Contract Administrator. We have experience across the full suite of Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) group contracts.

Our service includes:

  • Preparing a budget plan following the clients brief
  • Assembling a project team
  • Coordinating the work of designers
  • Preparing specifications and tender documentation
  • Obtaining competitive tenders
  • Reviewing tenders and selecting a contractor
  • Providing technical and procedural advice
  • Controlling budgets
  • Overseeing the project works
  • Certification of payment and variations and assessing reasons for delays
  • Ensuring that agreed specifications are met within agreed budgetary and time parameters

The role of a CA was originally usually carried out by the architect, however projects team roles have widened to include that of a project manager who often carries out the role, or it may be a role in its own right, depending on the size and complexity of the project. While the role is quite broad, a contract administrator requires a high level of accountability and responsibility. The day-to-day responsibilities and requirements of a contract administrator may vary depending on the type and size of the project and the location. Contracts may also vary in complexity and type, although the overall requirements of a contract administrator generally involve the following:

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  • Having the knowledge and skills to apply all contractual obligations and provisions to make decisions in a fair, impartial and independent manner
  • Work with different personnel within an organisation
  • A working knowledge and experience in the construction industry and all other related trades
  • Keep a record of the building contract and the work involved
  • Coordinate actions with internal procurement and legal teams if needed
  • Report status of current contract processes to management
  • Resolve any conflicts and disputes related to the contract
  • Follow up to ensure that all contractual agreements and payments are actioned
  • Analyse potential risks that contract changes may pose to the organisation
Fresson and Tee specialises in consulting roles dealing with repairing, maintaining and enhancing our clients’ extensive portfolios of properties. We provide exceptional construction advice with cutting edge design to create outstanding results.

If you would like advice on Contract Administration, please call our office on 020 7391 7100 or email us at surveyor@fandt.com

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