speaking on the subject:
Does my liability look big in this?
- the inadvertent assumption of design responsibility -
Architects, surveyors, engineers & contractors think they know what designs they are responsible for. But even under the standard JCT forms they regularly make a complete ‘Horlicks’ regarding their design liabilities. Contractors often undertake the design and specification of parts of a building under traditional contracts that allow no contractor’s design - particularly the M&E design.
Then we have traditional forms with Contractor Designed Portions. Arguments regularly arise regarding responsibility for the integration of the architect’s design and the CDPs.
Then under full D&B there are issues when the contractor (and his subcontract designers) are asked to adopt responsibility for earlier designs done by others.
To whom do the various designers owe a duty of care and for what? In short, it is all a mine field – which Bart will try to untangle.
Bart Kavanagh is an Associate Director of Probyn Miers, forensic architects. He is a Chartered Architect with more than 35 years’ experience in the construction industry in the UK and internationally. He is also a non-practicing Barrister and an extremely experienced expert witness who has provided opinions on claims valued at between £50,000 and £500M.
Before joining Probyn Miers, Bart held senior positions at several prominent UK and US architectural firms and was a design manager for a major UK contractor.
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