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The Impact of Coronavirus on a Construction Contract: The Consultants Perspective

Written by Ian Goodman QS, Director and JCT suite of contracts specialist and Stephen Abbott, PM, Divisional Director and NEC contract specialist.

The sudden and unprecedented outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is already affecting the construction industry, the true impact of this cannot easily be predicted as the situation changes on a daily basis. However, we can be certain that contractors will in some form suffer from issues with their supply chains and the inherent labour associated with it. This could be via increased costs or programme delay.

People inevitably turn to the construction contract in-place when unique instances such as the coronavirus pandemic occur and therefore, need to consider if there are any mechanisms for cost and delay relief under the contract.

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AA Projects donates Six Thousand Pounds to Charity

AA Projects, awards six charities a share of £6,000. Alzheimer’s Society, Bliss, Brain Tumour Research (BTRS) across Yorkshire, British Heart Foundation, Millie’s Trust and the MS Society all received donations.

As part of their social value strategy, AA Projects asked staff to nominate charities, giving them the opportunity to choose causes close to their own hearts. The funds were allocated by a token-based voting system. The six charities were delighted by the news that they had received a share of the funds and four charities attended a celebration event at the Manchester head office to receive their cheques.

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