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5th Edition

Contracting for Engineering and Construction Projects

ISBN 9781138256170
Published March 6, 2017 by Routledge
251 Pages

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Book Description

Peter Marsh’s book has long been recognized as a standard work. With its emphasis on the commercial aspects of contracting, this book represents an eminently practical guide to this complex subject for purchaser and contractor alike. This edition reflects recent changes in case law and legislation, the major change being the passing of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996. The book also charts changes to model forms of contract conditions, in particular the new PACE forms of government contracts. Contracts covered are those for the construction of buildings and civil engineering works, the supply and installation of mechanical, electrical and process plants and also for computer system and facilities management. Methods of contracting, including PFI schemes, are critically examined and reference is made to the Government’s latest thinking on prime contracting. As in previous editions, this book covers contract planning and contract administration, deals with both the preparation and the appraisal of tenders and explains in detail how to draft the key clauses in a contract to ensure the maximum advantage. In this revised version, Contracting for Engineering and Construction Projects will continue to serve the needs of purchasing and contracts staff, engineers, quantity surveyors, project managers and legal advisers seeking a reliable source of guidance.

Table of Contents

Contents: Contract Planning: Planning process; The contract plan; Legal issues arising from the contract plan. Tendering and Placing the Contract: Competitive tendering; Single tender negotiation; Planning the tender; Joint ventures and consortia; Tender preparation; Tender appraisal; Placing the contract. Terms and Conditions of Contract: Standard terms of contract - I; Standard terms of contract - II; Contract price; Terms of payment; Time for completion; Sub-contracting; Delivery; Defects - guarantees and remedies; Insurance and indemnity; Functions of architect/engineer/project manager and the purchaser; Variations in price and time; Claims and their negotiation; Dispute resolution; Particular forms of contract. Appendices: Draft instructions to tenderers for a plant contract; Bid desirability questionnaire; Questionnaire for site visits; Index.

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Peter Marsh is a retired solicitor. He began his commercial career with the National Coal Board where he became its Chief Contracts Officer. He later held senior posts with AEI Limited and Standard Telephones and Cables Limited where, for four years, he was Project Manager for its Submarine Telephone Cable Division. He then joined George Wimpey Ltd and became a director of Wimpey Major Projects Ltd. His last post before retiring was as Contracts Manager for the Transportation Systems Division of Transmanche Link. Since retiring in 1990 he has run his own consultancy practice.


’The first two parts deal with procurement issues, tendering and placing the contract. The former concentrates on current trends and provides a good overview of this area. The latter aspects are very thoroughly covered. There is an apparent engineering bias with an element of emphasis on joint venture procurement, as such, could be recommended as further reading for final year undergraduate and post-graduate students and practitioners.’ Building Engineer