I am involved in a project with a public client, where the design team underestimated the scope & quantity of work.
I was asked send on a revised programme along with any associated costs that would be required in order to accelerate the project bringing it in as close as possible to the original date, which in this case is within 2 months from the original handover date, which will require double shifts and weekend working.
The contract administrator asked for costs prior to a formal request for the extension which were duly given, and made an “offer” of half of the figure requested., without any justification. When asked they have simply said it was a “trade”.
The CA then waited to the weekend before we were due to step up the workforce for the acceleration and said "we accept your programme for extension of time but do not accept the costs. "
I was wondering ;
1, Are we duty bound to proceed with the acceleration.
2, Does the acceptance of the revised programme and extension of time go hand in hand with the costs (that were previously provided) and deem to be automatically accepted.
3. Should we just revert to the original programme and extend the completion date to reflect the increase in scope of works.
Any other avenue possible?
Thanks in advance.