As we have seen in the chapters on contract strategies, one of the major issues for the employer to determine is who designs the project. The traditional strategy has stood the test of time, but its main drawback is the separation of design and construction into two different organisations: the architect or consulting engineer, and the contractor. Many of the other contract strategies have evolved to try and address this issue, but have generated new drawbacks of their own. We see that design is very important. Everything that is built has to be designed by someone. Even on the smallest scale in construction we see design. So two bricklayers constructing a garden wall ‘design’ the foundations when they settle on the dimensions of a concrete strip footing, and ‘design’ the wall when they decide on its thickness and mix the mortar, determining its strength and durability by the mix proportions that they choose. It is very important to understand this wide-ranging concept of design because many construction professionals take on design liability without realising it, and hence expose themselves to potential legal action if their design is inadequate and they have been negligent.
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