Changes are almost inevitable during construction projects of any size. This guidance note gives advice on how to handle changes proposed and made after a contract is agreed, and covers the role of the person requiring the change, whether the employer’s agent, the project manager or the contract administrator. It also looks at the contrast between a change and a variation and the different circumstances that apply to each, with reference to relevant contract provisions.
The guidance note supports the RICS core competency of Contract practice. It requires that professionals:
The guidance note does not detail issues such as organisational change that might be taking place at the same time as the project, which could affect change and its management. Neither does it address value management or value engineering – professionals are encouraged to refer to the relevant RICS guidance note for such information.