Last edited 21 Feb 2022

Lead consultant for building design

The position of lead consultant is identified in some forms of appointment, such as:

The lead consultant is the consultant that directs the work of the consultant team and is the main point of contact for communication between the client and the consultant team, except for on significant design issues where the lead designer may become the main point of contact.

The lead consultant's role might include:

Some of these roles may appear to duplicate tasks undertaken by the project manager, however the project manager is acting as if they were the client, whereas the lead consultant is co-ordinating the activities of the consultant team.

As the role of lead consultant involves additional services, beyond those that might be expected from a consultant that is not appointed as lead consultant, it is important that it is discussed with consultants before they are appointed and their scope of services and fee agreed. The client cannot assume that these services will be carried out within the agreed fee unless the role of lead consultant has been allocated.

The lead consultant will often be the architect, however this is not necessarily the case and appointment documents for other consultants will generally offer provision for them the be nominated lead consultant.

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