When reviewing a contract, it is critical that the obligations of both partners are clearly set out.
Often the provider – the company providing the goods, materials, and plant or carrying out the works or performing the services – gets all the focus. Any project, however requires both partners to work together and co-operate. It’s not just about paying fees and endless cups of coffee!
The highly readable MF/1 Model Form of Contract clearly sets out the facilities that the client has to provide:
- access and means of access to the site (clause 11.1)
- consents , wayleaves and approvals (11.2)
- import licences and permits (11.3)
- foundations if noted (11.4)
- suitable lifting equipment (11.5)
- electricity, water, gas, air and other services (11.6)
- fuel, electricity, labour, materials, stores, water, apparatus and other items for testing (11.7)
This is comprehensive and clarifies the expectations of both the contractor and the client. Your contract could include a shorter clause like this one:
“The client will provide water, electricity and WiFi access free of charge”
Whatever your project, the contract must make clear the obligations of both partners to provide services and facilities as needed.
Note: MF/1 is the Model Form of Agreement for Mechanical, Electrical and Electronic Plant, issued by the IMechE and I used it for projects from automatic warehousing, amphibious boats, fire systems and airport scanners.