the NEC contracts require the contractor to notify and then the matter gets discussed at a risk meeting where the said issue could no longer be a compensation event. In my experience, lip service is paid to the contract (sad but true), so assume the following example:
Contractor was to provide clear access and suitable hardstanding around the perimeter of the building. It was written in to the contract and as a result, increase cost came about due to a heavier crane required to lift pieces over the working area.
In this instance, would most people provide Early warning notice and a compensation event notice or maybe even the quote at the same time? or would they go EWN, go through the process, agree its a comp event and then risk the response periods dragging on and eventually some weeks later, submit the quote. In my experience, these things drag by the time it comes to monthly payment leaving the subcontractor needing to claim the amounts even though it’s technically not agreed…sometimes the main contractors ignore emails and wait until the matter is on a payment application. Is it “safer” to just put the EW/CE in at the same time? Curious to hear other people’s thoughts on the matter.