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Post Lock-Down: COVID-19 and Construction Contract Challenges


This Presentation, given to the Chartered Institute of Building on 19 May 2020,  reviews the post 18 May 2020 lock down impacts of COVID-19 on cost, time and quality issues related to recommencement of works under construction contracts.

Although construction sites opened up on the 18 May 2020  certain restrictions will continue on the carrying out of construction services/activities. These restrictive measures are reflected in the Health Act 1947 (Section 31A -Temporary Restrictions) (COVID-19) Regulations 2020 and the Health Act 1947 (Section 31 A-Temporary Restrictions) (COVID-19) (Amendment) Regulations 2020 made under the Health (Preservation and Protection and Other Emergency Measures in the Public Interest) Act 2020.

Restrictive measures are also reflected in both guidance and information published by government bodies, WHO and construction industry organisations.

In this Presentation we discuss:

  • COVID-19 legislation and Industry Guidance on the recommencement of works on construction sites
  • The effect of CIF COVID-19 (SOPs) Guidance on construction activities
  • Responsibilities of the Employer
  • Responsibilities of the Contractor
  • Construction Contract Overview – RIAI and PWC Contracts
  • Force Majeure
  • Impact on Cost – Change in Law
  • Impact on Time Lines
  • Impact on Quality Issues
  • Suspension of Works
  • Termination of Works
  • Frustration
  • Advice for Construction Professionals managing the impact of the COVID-19 Crisis
  • Future Contracts – Managing the contractual impact of COVID-19
  • Conclusion – A Collaborative Approach

Click here or on the image below to download the full Presentation.

Please contact Jarleth Heneghan, LIam McCabe or Bryanna Ryan if you have any questions.

Post Lock- Down: COVID-19 and Construction Contract Challenges Presentation