Firstly to clarify, I’m not looking for an argument about whether or not I should be doing construction monitoring as I know others opinions on this and I’m not keen to get into that.
I’m keen to hear others perspectives or opinions on whether novation to a contractor for construction monitoring is a conflict of interest.
I have been told by another consultant that they believe it is and I can see how it could be.
The situation is like this:
- We have done a fire design and had it consented for our client X.
- Client X then wishes to novate our contract to contractor Y for a design/build
- All we have left to do on the project is construction monitoring (we already have consent however chances are there will be minor amendments during construction)
- Construction monitoring is us checking that what is being built by contractor Y and their subcontractors is compliant with the Consent docs.
So if we are checking contractor Y’s work and also being paid by contractor Y is this a conflict of interest? Should we be contracted to someone independent, eg. client X.