Part of the Contractor’s Team recently attended Factory Acceptance Tests at a Subcontractor’s/Supplier’s premises, which are not included as part of the Working Areas. The FAT’s were also attended by part of the Project Manager’s/Employer’s team.
The members of the Contractor’s team, who attended, usually spend all of their time within the Working Areas, with the exception of such required visits.
The Project Manager has disallowed the costs for the Contractor’s team (time) stating that during this period they were not within the Working Area. Is this action by the Project Manager reasonable? Whilst appreciating that the FATS’s took place outside of the Working Area, there was no other means for carrying out the tests except to attend the Subcontractor’s/Supplier’s premises. Surely such visits cannot be deemed to be included within the Fee?