A current project (Option B) was due to finish at the end of July. Various Compensation Events were required because of third party elements that caused minor delays to the Completion Date. The PM accepted the CEs and a revised programme was subsequently issued with the Completion Date changed to mid-August. Unfortunately this has not been achieved and the actual handover is likely to be the end of August.
The client (a Health Authority) wants to claim for delay damages from the end of July to when they get possession of the building. They do not accept that the delays were necessary and state that is was made clear when handover was required. Their view is that the Contractor should have employed additional labour to complete the works by the original date.
Should delay damages only apply from the end of the revised programme or from the original date?