Which procurement path?

Construction management? Design and build? Or the traditional route? There are several alternative procurement paths open to clients, and we can advise you on the most effective for you and your project.

The building contract:

This is a vital document – the legally binding commitment between your builder and you as the client to deliver your project. Patrice Belle can administer this contract on your behalf.

As we all know, it is not uncommon for building projects to contain hidden surprises – structural quirks or unexpected ground conditions, for example – that can impact on the design and possibly on the building cost. The best means of preparation is an appropriate written contract, designed to manage such events fairly from each party’s point of view.

There is a range of standard forms of contract tailored to different size projects, and we will be able to advise you on the one best suited to your needs.


We administer the construction contract impartially between both parties (client and contractor). We will be responsible for ensuring that the contract documentation is appropriate (there are many different types of contract) and accurate and all items under the contract, such as variations and certificates, are properly signed and issued. We will carry out periodic site visits to monitor progress.

The day-to-day supervision of the build itself will normally be the responsibility of the contractor, who is also responsible for ensuring that the structure is built in compliance with the building contract, the planning permission, Building Regulations and Health and Safety requirements.

If desired, we can be engaged to monitor construction of the project (which should not be confused with contract administration), and we will be responsible for checking that the construction conforms to the building contract, the planning permission, Building Regulations and Health and Safety requirements. We will check that all stages are properly completed to a satisfactory standard of workmanship insofar as can be determined by visual inspection. This will involve regular site visits to monitor progress. The contractor, on site, will supervise the work on a day-to-day basis and be responsible for the proper carrying out and completion of construction works and for health and safety provisions on the site.

If we are neither administering the contract, nor monitoring the construction, we may undertake site visits at the client’s request, in order to advise on progress.


  1. Work Stages

  2. Preparation

  3. Design

  4. Pre-Construction

  5. Construction

  6. Use