Within our civils project, we have managed to continue the works with little/no delay due to Covid 19. The commercial staff are working from home and the operational staff are sticking by the government guidelines. However, to continue as per the programme certain activities have cost more, for example, additional vehicles for the workforce have been required to travel the site, same for the subcontractors. Additional cleaning has been implemented to ensure the safety of the site staff. Many additional costs elements have been introduced to follow the Cabinet guidelines but have not had delay.
Under Clause 60.1.19 the compensation event only applies if we have been stopped from completing the whole of the works or complete the whole of the works by the date for planned completion. This is not the case and the client believes even if we are delayed for 1 day, it is that 1 day we should recover.
The managing QS is also investigating the potential change in law however, much of what has been issued is guidance not actual legislation to follow, therefore could be argued does not apply.
Is this something the contractor & then subsequent subcontractors have to swallow or is there another route to recovery.