My Architect is proposing to employ a Clerk of Works on my project. How will that help?
Typically, when having building work done, somebody is appointed to administer the contract terms. Usually that will be an Architect or Engineer, or sometimes an Employer’s Agent.
Most “standard form” contracts define the role of “Contract Administrator” making them responsible for decisions on things like issuing instructions, deciding when the work is complete, assessing time and cost variations and so on.
However, it is unlikely that they will be resident on site, so it is sometimes useful to have a permanent or semi-permanent presence, to look after the day-to-day administration of the contract, and also to check workmanship and respond to queries as the work proceeds. This is the main purpose of the Clerk of Works.
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