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Reviewing Contracts – 10 Key Clauses to Look Out For

altAs the challenging economic conditions continue to cause problems for the construction industry, construction contracts are becoming increasingly complex and onerous. In this article, we identify 10 of the most important clauses to look out for when reviewing a prospective contract.

1. Conditions Precedent

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Galliford Try sees recovery 'ripple effect' spreading north

altGalliford Try could consider expanding its housebuilding operations into the north of England within three years, its group managing director told CN.

Group MD for construction Ken Gillespie said the firm is adopting a “disciplined growth strategy” to housebuilding but is focused firmly on the South and South-east at present.

“As the market and [economic] environment hopefully improve, we will see a ripple as we always have done with a recessionary recovery in the country,” he said. “Historically it’s always been south to north.”

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Contractor fined £280k for Liverpool tower crane collapse

Construction National crane collapseContractor Bowmer & Kirkland has been fined £280,000 for the 2009 collapse of a tower crane in Liverpool that left the operators paralysed.

Structural engineer Bingham Davis, which has since ceased trading, was also found culpable and fined a nominal £1,000.

Inadequate foundations was determined as the cause.

A 79m-high Wolff 500B luffing jib tower crane toppled on 6 July 2009 while making a lift during construction of an apartment block and hotel on the Kings Dock Mill site in Liverpool’s Chandlers Wharf. Operator Iain Gillham, a 53-year-old father of four, fell from his cab onto the roof of the apartments and was left paralysed from the waist down.

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New name and new identity for Purcell Miller Tritton

Colnstruction National Mark Goldspink Chief ExecutivePurcell Miller Tritton has changed its name to Purcell and refreshed its visual identity to reflect the aspirations of the practice and the values of its founder.

Purcell Miller Tritton was established in 1947 by Donovan Purcell, a fellow of Corpus Christi College in Cambridge where he taught at the School of Architecture. Shortening the practice’s name to Purcell is a fitting tribute to his dedication to architecture and conservation – a legacy that still underpins the way the practice works today.

In the last decade Purcell has grown and diversified, and in 2011 opened an office in Hong Kong. Last year the output from the Hong Kong studio accounted for 11% of turnover.

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Armitage Sykes puts together specialist construction group

Construction National Armitage SykesA Yorkshire law firm plans to increase its market share, at a time when the Government’s drive to promote localism is expected to lead to more mediation work.

Huddersfield-based Armitage Sykes has launched a specialist construction law team.

The team, which is being officially launched this week, will provide services for developers, contractors and sub-contractors, professional consultants, funders and property agents.

The £3m turnover firm has decided to launch the team in response to the Localism Bill, which aims to ensure that more decisions about housing are taken locally.

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