Starting the construction phase

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The construction phase is the period during which the contractor (or principal contractor where more than one contractor on site at any one time) takes control of the construction site to carry out the pathworks.  When the works are complete, the contractor (or principal contractor) hands the site back to you.

The construction phase does not tend to involve the client as much on a day to day basis, and the majority of actions and responsibilities, lie with other people you have appointed.  Like, the project manager, designer, principal designer (if you need them still to be involved), and the contractor or principal contractor, and if required sub-contractors appointed by principal contractor.

Once the contractor (or principal contractor) has been appointed, they will commence the mobilisation stage of construction phase, if required appointing sub-contractors to complete elements of work, and commencing site set up (welfare facilities, etc).  At this point, you or the project manager will arrange the pre-start meeting.

The contractor (or principal contactor) will prepare the constrcution phase plan and make sure welfare facilities are in place before any work begins. 

One of the most important jobs for the client, although they have no legal obligation to, is to make sure that the pathworks are properly supervised.  Even the best contractor (or principal contractor) will find that they need some guidance whilst on site, and a good works supervisor/ manager, or clerk of works, can make the difference between mediocre and top quality work.  Works supervisor needs to be able to get on with the contractor (or principal contractor) but also to make sure they are working in the best interests of the client (you) - it can be a tricky job, particularly for a technical path project, so this aspect should not be left to chance.  If you are the client and have limited experience of managing path construction projects, make sure that you appoint someone who is suitably skilled and experienced at site management and working with contractors on the ground.  Instead of appointing a works supervisor, you could ask the designer to supervise the construction phase - they will be familiar with the specification and will have a good understanding of the construction methods being undertaken.

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