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By VOLOCO LLP, Sep 28 2019 03:40PM

Procuring the work packages can make or break a construction project. Following the steps set out in this article will help reduce the risks associated with work package procurement, give you more control and ultimately improve your business performance.

Like all successful projects, planning and the time and effort invested up front is paramount to the subsequent delivery and commercial success of the project. There are a few key steps to follow that will improve performance. Each of the steps below could be expanded on further and many will be in future articles.

By VOLOCO LLP, Sep 28 2019 02:49PM

Following on from our previous article looking at payment processes in Construction Contracts, we are now going to delve into the details a bit more, starting with the Application for Payment.


An application for payment is an assessment of the works due to be completed up to the next payment due date. It is issued by the party that carried out the works to the party paying for the works. Generally, the application is issued a set number of days in advance of the payment due date.

Whether or not there is a requirement for an application for payment to be issued within the (sub)contract, it is a good idea to get into the habit of issuing them. As noted in the previous article, if the payer fails to issue their payment notice at the correct time, the application for payment will become the default payment notice and the sum detailed within becomes due on the final date for payment.

By VOLOCO LLP, Sep 28 2019 02:34PM

On several building projects if not all projects involve two or more designers and/or consultants who will design elements of the building. Many projects will involve an architect, structural and civil engineer, building services engineers and specialist design consultants.

If all of these designers and consultants work in isolation this is when issues arise, the role of the lead designer is to ensure that all design elements are co-ordinated therefore it is important to appoint a lead designer on all projects. The lead designer directs and co-ordinates other designers involved with the project, this includes any specialist designers who are appointed.

We are soon to be launching an innovative Contractor Support service aimed at providing advice and support to individuals and companies who may be experiencing challenges or with growth and improvement ambitions.


VOLOCO LLP are developing an online portal providing access to a range of procedures, guidance and forms, learning tools, access to remote online and telephone support and face-to-face consultant time with one of our team.


If this is something that you feel would benefit you or your business and want to find out more, please get in touch by email or telephone.

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