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In a Remeasurable Contract, If an item is not measured in Bills of Quantities but shown in the drawing, How do you treat this. Whether the contractor can claim as a variation?

Good Day Muralidaran,

In a remeasurable contract, the drawings take precedence over the Bill of Quantities for executing the works. The purpose of the Bill of Quantities is for pricing the job, tendering and for administering payments according to the value of works contained therein. The Contractor is obligated to build what is indicated on the drawings and in accordance to specifications provided. If an item is not shown in the Bill of Quantities but shown on the drawings, the Contractor is obligated to carry out the works in accordance with the rates in the Bills of Quantities for similar type work. If in the contract there is no work similar in nature to these said works, then the Engineer/ Contract administrator is obligated to pay market rates to the Contractor for these works, which is considered fair and reasonable and to the present standard within the industry. The Engineer/ Contract Administrator should also issue a "variation" to the Contractor for these works. Even though these works automatically become part of his contract,initially  it did not form part of the "contract sum" and has to be treated as an addition to the Contract. Remember variations are "additions" and "omissions"to the contract sum.

I hope this answers your question. and best of luck Muralidaran on your project.

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Kermit Dick  

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