NEC ECC: Delayed Access CE has impacted construction commencement by 6 months , this places Contractor into extended period of price inflation risk. How would one reasonably assess entitlement?

The Contractor intended procurement completed by Q1 this year , planned Completion was July-18 , revised planned Completion June-19 Commencement was to be Jan-17 now July-17

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I understand your issue here. The first point is that yes you are entitled to include within any CE quotation risk which has a significant risk of occurring and is your risk under the contract. If the PM is willing to give you an assumption under 61.6 as to what you should assume then it would take the risk away from the Contractor as this element of the implemented quotation would be subject to remeasure.

However without any such assumption then the Contractor has to consider and include such risk within their quotation. As you allude to - difficult to second guess but like any risk you have to give it your best stab. Too much and the quote is unlikely to be agreed and they would make their own assessment (using their best stab) which could then only be challenged (officially anyway) in adjudication.

Difficult to do, but then no worse than what you had to do at tender stage for the whole job!

Comment from question originator:
My concern is PM struggling to reconcile what’s reasonable to access given Option A carries inherent price risk in Lump Sum. Contractor has contended that the price inflation landscape that revised commencement and planned completion fall within varies significantly from Tender programme ( TP became 1st Accepted Programme)