Extensions of time

Delays are common in construction projects and need to be administered efficiently. These delays might come from issues where the employer has control, for example, handing over possession of the site or neutral causes such as exceptionally adverse weather conditions.

In all cases, the contractor must apply for, and be granted, an extension of time. This releases the contractor from delay damages for the period of the delay to completion.

The calculation of the payment of any additional costs caused by the delay is completely separate and is not dependent on the extension of time calculation. Under the NEC form of contract, the calculation of compensation events (where a relevant event has an effect on the programme) is done to include the effects of the delay on the programme for remaining work within the compensation event.

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