We have a CE which relates to a PM instruction to use a particular paving material. There has been a delay to the deliveries of this material which has resulted in the Contractor not being able to start the paving element of the works on the date in the Accepted Programme. The quotation for the CE includes delay to planned Completion, which the Contractor is claiming prelims for, and states that he believes the delay has already happened so the cost of these are now due. The claimed for prelims have been actively engaged on other elements of the works throughout the time, the original planned Completion date has not been reached and there have been no days of no activity due to this CE.
The PM has requested a quotation for bringing in additional paving squads to catch up the paving element of the works so that planned Completion does not need to move out. Can he do this or is he effectively asking the Contractor for a quotation to accelerate? The PM believes that the cost of additional paving squads could be less than the Contractor’s prelim costs.