Construction Law/FIDIC red Book 1999


Dear Sir,
Is it right considering the drawings supplied by the client at the tender phase as execution drawings?

Dear Claudio,

Thank you for this question.

Under the FIDIC Red Book the Employer performs the design except as specified in the contract itself. At tender stage it would be unusual for the designs top be fixed and the drawings are generally not considered as "for construction" purposes. Indeed, it is very common practice for drawings issued at the tender stage to be stamped "Tender Issue" or similar.

The purpose of the drawings is to enable the bidders to provide a detailed estimate. If there are ny subsequent changes to the drawings, the Employer carries the risk.

I hope that this assists you.

Kind regards,
John Dowse

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Legal; contract interpretation; quantum; delay analysis. Practitioner in arbitration, adjudication and mediation.


Thirty-three (33) years experience in building and construction, at all levels both within contracting and consulting organisations. Practising arbitrator, adjudicator, and mediator. Faculty approved trainer for the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. Lecturer on construction contract forms and dispute resolution practices.

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