Question is relating to the time associated with instructions;
NEC3 Opt A
The project is a swimming pool refurbishment, an existing redundant pipe is being brought back into use after concerns the original design might not be adequate without it.
There are two instructions associated with the works.
CE1. To pressure test the pipe to see if it can be used.
CE2. After a failed test an instruction to have the pipe lined.
The issue is as the Contractor, we arguably kicked our heels carrying out the pressure test. Circa 3 months from instruction to failed test.
Now, CE2 may push out completion due to the availability of lining gear from Europe and knock on works to the plant that cant be completed until the lining has finished.
I don’t think the importance of CE1 was fully appreciated at the time of instruction by either parties. No EWN or specific dates were given for the test.
How should CE2 be assessed in relation to the potential impact of CE1?
Is there a contractual mechanism that states when a instruction to do a test should be done ?