Delivering on time: the World Cup

Lessons can be learnt from Brazil’s big build for the World Cup, which was the subject of delays to 75 per cent of its construction projects. Just two of 12 stadia were complete by the initial deadline, with two reaching completion within weeks of the start of the tournament. Potential reasons for the delays include bad planning, allegations of corruption, disorganisation and poorly managed projects and tenders.

So what is the general position in relation to timing and delay in construction contracts and how is delay best dealt with?

It is often inevitable, especially in major construction projects such as the World Cup, that an element of delay will creep into practical completion. It is, therefore, both prudent and advisable that building or engineering contracts contain three key provisions: (1) the date for completion (including, where relevant, a programme of works); (2) the mechanism for changing or extending the date for completion; and (3) the consequences of a failure to meet the deadline for completion…

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