Last edited 08 Oct 2020

Phased construction works

Construction works can be planned as a series of stages or phases, rather than as one continuous process.

This can be useful for clients where a complex sequence of events needs to be followed (such as on densely occupied or complex site), or where there are a number of distinct components to the works, particularly for clients who are seeking to maintain some level of business operation during construction and so wish to minimise disruption.

In such cases, the project works can be divided into a series of smaller projects, spaced out over a period of months or even years.

Phasing construction works can be beneficial in allowing a project to move forwards despite there being no guarantee of funding being available to complete it. Completing certain sections of work can make funding more attractive to potential lenders and investors than if the project has not begun at all. It can also enable the client to begin to generate income from the completed parts of the development.

Construction projects can be phased:

Some of the advantages of phased construction include:

Some of the disadvantages of phased construction include:

Particular care is required in relation to:

Where all the works are procured under a single contract, phasing can be allowed for by sectional completion clauses. These allow different completion dates for different sections of the works. For more information see: Sectional completion.

Alternatively different aspects of the works may be procured under entirely separate contracts.

If phasing was not agreed during procurement, it may be permitted to a certain extent by partial possession. This allows the client to take possession of part of a building or site, even if the works are ongoing or there are defects that have not been rectified. For more information see: Partial possession.

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