Would appreciate if someone could educate me on design responsibility. The principal contractor’s QS has adopted a stance, that almost every change is a risk under design responsibility and development.
My viewpoint is as follows;
(And please correct me If I am wrong)
Our design responsibility and obligations would be in accordance with the information and requirements within our contract order documentation, with risk associated with design responsibility covering issues such as: our design not being in accordance with the requirements/specification as per our contract; non-compliance with British Standards, Regulations or CDM, non-compatibility issues or works not necessarily indicated on drawings/schedules, where it should be reasonably apparent for a specialist subcontractor to identify; i.e. radiator or basin without supply pipework;
If however, specified products are changed, perfomance specifications/requirements are amended/revised or quantification changes post-contract, providing everything was initially in accordance with the contract documents / statutory requirements, then this would constitute a change/variation, it should not be considered design responsibility or development?
I will elaborate on specific changes which the Employer considers design responsibility if required.
Thanks in advance.