Building & Construction

constructionWith the large scale domestic and commercial building work that is occurring on the Gold Coast, there is the potential for dispute. Where a dispute occurs, it is important that you obtain legal advice to resolve the dispute in a timely fashion so that you can move in or open your building on time and on budget.

There are many issues that can arise in regards to building and construction including disputes between:

  • owners;
  • contractors including electricians;
  • professionals including architects and engineers;
  • surveyors including quality surveyors; and
  • suppliers and manufacturers.

The most common building and construction disputes generally include:

  • the erection or construction of a building;
  • the renovation, extension, or alteration of a building;
  • the repair of a building;
  • the provision of services such as electrical, water supply, sewerage or drainage;
  • the demolition or removal of a building;
  • site work including swimming pools, fences, driveways or landscaping;
  • building inspection or reports;
  • licensing;
  • permits;
  • defective or poor workmanship;
  • rectification work; and
  • insurance.

Another concern in the building and construction industry is usually related to security of payments. The use of multiple contracts to develop projects or buildings creates a situation where one failed contract has the potential to have lead effects on other related contracts.

For example, an owner/developer fails to pay a building contractor who then in turn fails to pay sub-contractors and so on.

In an attempt to reduce this type of risk, those in the building and construction industry rely on ‘progress payments’. However for many reasons disputes over entitlement to progress payments often arise. In these types of disputes it may be useful to consider applying to the Building and Construction Industry Payments Agency (BCIPA).

BCIPA can be a useful option to adjudicate on progress payments in relation to construction work, or the supply of related goods and services under the contract.

BCIPA can be utilised by:

  • contractors against principals/developers;
  • contractors against owner-builders;
  • subcontractors against contractors;
  • suppliers against clients;
  • plant and equipment hirers against clients; and
  • consultants against clients.

Here at Ramsden Lawyers we want you to know that you are not alone in your building or construction dispute and chances are that we have successfully handled a similar dispute before.

We have extensive experience with the successful resolution of building disputes, including disputes before:

  • courts;
  • the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT); and
  • BCIPA.

For further Information on the BCIPA see:

Building and Construction Industry Payments Agency.

Levels 5 (Main office) and 9 (Property group)
Corporate Centre One, 2 Corporate Court
Bundall , QLD, 4217 Australia
Phone: (07) 5592 1921

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