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Which parties are involved in construction contracts?

There are a number of parties involved in construction contracts. The main parties may be different from country to country, however, it’s important to know which ones you’ll need to engage with based on the region in which you operate.

The major parties in a typically construction contract include:

  • Client, or employer
  • Contractor
  • Professional
  • Team funder

However, the professional team constitutes additional consultants. This table shows a list of consultants that may be party to the construction contract, broken down into designers and non-designers.

Designers Non-designers
Architect Quantity surveyor
Civil and structural engineer CDM co-ordinator (who performs a statutory health and safety role)
Mechanical and electrical (or building services) engineer Contract administrator
Principal designer (a designer who performs a health and safety role under the CDM regulations 2015) Project manager (usually in larger deals only)
  Building Information Modelling (BIM) manager

Your task

  • Which parties must be legally involved in a construction contract? Post your answer in the comments area, providing a brief explanation.

  • How does this list of parties in your country differ from that of England and Wales? Share your thoughts with other learners and review the posts from different countries. Are there any answers that surprise you?

Further reading

If you’d like to learn more about the different parties in construction contracts, you may want to read this research paper from Hughes and Maeda (2002) ‘Construction Contract Policy: Do we Mean What we Say?’.

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Contract Management and Procurement: An Introduction

Coventry University