Construction Law/Programming


Hello Florin,

I am a subcontractor, working for a Main Contractor.
Before our commencement date began (after Subcontract was signed) the Main Contractor issued us with a new programme showing an addittional 55 days to our date for completion. We did no request this programme, but it was sent to us with no explanation. After recieving it we requeseted an official EOT for the 55 days because we assumed that the Main Contractor was aware of delays on site that we were not aware of and also we felt that this was an instruction from the Main Contractor.

Are we correct to interpret this as an instruction or an award for EOT?


Hello Marc,

Good to hear again from you, thank you for your question.

As long as that information was definitely new to you and only provided well after you submitted your offer/ signed the Subcontract, then it definitely changes the conditions on which you have based your offer and hence, entitles you to EoT and related costs.

Suggest you check again if that has never ever come to you, regardless if you knew or not. Just to make sure it doesn't turn and bite you.

Good luck!

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