Project Portfolio

Examples of some of the commerical contract services in which our consultants have been involved.

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Caen Road – Swindon

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The works involved the construction of 1200m of new road on an embankment, a canal crossing structure, two culverts, a wildlife corridor and a cycle bridge. The contractor was also required to manage the interface and connections of the new road and utility infrastructure works with the existing and adjacent networks.

The late provision of design information, significant levels of change and problems with that interface resulted in extensive delays and disruption to the works. This exposed the contractor to the threat of LAD’s and significant additional cost, which it rightly sought to recover.

QUALSURV's involvement

QUALSURV were able to assess and demonstrate the Employer culpable delays, secure an entitlement to the additional time required to complete works and our commercial assistance resulted in the settlement of the final account, to the complete satisfaction of the contractor.

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Reverse Osmosis Plant, Qidfa, Fujairah

Project

The works involve the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a US$200m reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Emirate of Fujairah. This will increase the capacity of the existing facility by some 137,000m³ per day. Following the construction of the civil enabling works, Acciona will install and commission the specialist mechanical and electrical equipment, including the RO racks and filters and the 3 potable water tanks, each with a capacity of 100,000m³.

QUALSURV's involvement

Acciona has suffered delays as a consequence of a number of employer culpable events and QUALSURV were engaged to carry out an initial assessment of the contractual remedies available to Acciona that entitle it to an award of the additional time it will require to complete the works and the recovery of any associated time related costs. We were also asked to carry out an audit of the commercial management arrangements and to advise on what improvements were needed to ensure that Acciona would comply with the requirements of the Contract in respect of claims (including the Notice provisions which are a condition precedent)

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GSM-R/FTN Rail Framework Contract

Project

The works included the design and construction of circa 129km of fibre optic and copper cable routes together with base station sites on 23 different route sections. Following post contract changes to the specification and to the sequence order and timing of the installations, the original contract price increased from £1.5 million to over £6.9 million.

QUALSURV's involvement

QUALSURV were engaged to assist in the preparation of the final account documentation and to present the Contractor’s case to the Employer’s representative in an attempt to secure its full entitlement.

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LEKAS Offshore LNG facility, Melaka, Malaysia

Project

Muhibbah were part of a consortium contracted to design and construct a new offshore LNG facility off the coast of Melaka, Malaysia. There was a split in the scope of the works where Muhibbah was responsible for the design and construction of the substructure and load bearing platform whist the mechanical and electrical design and installation works were performed by the other consortium member, Worley Parsons. Following the completion of the structural works, the project was beset by design and quality issues relating to the installation of the topside MEI, the correction of which took many months and caused a delay of almost a year to the completion of the project.

The Employer disallowed any costs associated with re-work or the correction of defects and also the costs associated with the prolonged performance. This exposed Muhibbah, as a consortium member, to significant losses.

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M50 Upgrade Scheme Contract 1 - Dublin

Project

The M50 Motorway in Dublin Contract 1 was a road widening scheme that developed an existing motorway from two lanes running in each direction to three whilst allowing traffic to move through the work. It also improved the interchanges at each end to free flowing interchanges.

The Contractor was denied his preferred sequence of executing the Works by the actions of the Employer who required that an emergency lane be provided. A dispute arose and later the matter was referred to Arbitration. The matter subsequently referred to a Mediation process at which it was settled to the complete satisfaction of the Contractor.

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Medina Centrale at the Pearl, Doha, Qatar

Project

The works involved the design and construction of residential, commercial and retail premises at Medina Centrale, which formed part of The Pearl development in Doha, Qatar. Whilst the contractor was responsible for the detailed design, the Client instructed significant alterations to it during the construction works on site. These changes were massive, such as the addition of a covered shopping mall and the alteration to the layout of many of the retail areas when the client had secured tenants with specific requirements which were not understood at the design stage. These changes, among others, led to a delay in the completion of the project of some 18 months. The Engineer determined that the changes did not entitle the contractor to any additional time to complete the varied works and this exposed the contractor to the threat of the levying of LAD’s and increased costs due to the prolonged performance.

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South Site Utility Tunnels, Qatar Foundation, Doha

Project

The works involved the excavation of over 7km of box shaped tunnel (7m x 5m) in Simsima limestone that would provide the utility corridors for future development at Education City, Doha. The works were subject to significant variation when the alignment of parts of the tunnel changed, parts were deleted and a new tunnel section was added. It was also the case that the Employer denied the contractor the use of the planned material processing yard, which was moved several kilometres from its original location. These changes, among others, completely changed the sequence order and timing of the works and significantly increased the cost of performance. Having completed the varied works our client made continued attempts to secure formal variation orders that it required to secure payment. The contractor refused, stating that many of the changes had a neutral cost effect and in any case it had not been given any formal variation orders from its Employer that related to the varied sub contract works. After numerous failed attempts to negotiate a settlement, the client had no alternative but to submit the matter to Arbitration.

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