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Management of Nominated Subcontractors in the Construction of Commercial Buildings in Sri Lanka

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M. N. N. Rodrigo,

University of Moratuwa, LK
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Department of Building Economics
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B. A. K. S. Perera

University of Moratuwa, LK
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Department of Building Economics
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Abstract

Construction industry employs Nominated Subcontractors (NSCs). However, all NSCs so employed may not possess the required expertise to fulfill the requirements of their clients. Various issues can arise due to the absence of proper nominated subcontracting practices making it necessary to manage the NSCs properly. Initially, a comparison of nominated subcontracting practices in Sri Lanka with those in several other countries was done. The method of selection of NSCs in Sri Lanka and the mode of payments made to them are same as those of other countries. Like in Sri Lanka, in other countries too, a subcontract is entered into between the Main Contractor (MC) and the NSC. However in Sri Lanka, the form of subcontract used has not been prepared to specifically suit the local requirements. There is also no compulsory subcontractor registration procedure and there is also no security for the payments made to the NSCs. Since often issues can arise with NSCs due to their improper selection, poor documentation of their work and for not properly making payments to them, solutions that will resolve those issues were identified from the literature and validated later for Sri Lanka through interviews and were ranked through a questionnaire survey. The most critical issue that can arise due to the improper selection of NSCs is ‘Delays caused by the NSC’ and the most suitable solution to resolve this issue is to ‘Make the NSC’s program to fall in line with the MC’s program’. Similarly, the solution ‘Prepare the specifications and the scope of work well’ is identified to be the most important solution that will resolve the issue - ‘Errors in documentation’ - that can arise due to poor documentation. The findings furthermore revealed that the most critical issue that can arise for not making payments to NSCs properly are the ‘Delays in approving the interim payment certificate’ and the most important solution to resolve this issue is to ‘Attend to joint measurements, joint records and joint reports prior to the submission of the application’.
How to Cite: Rodrigo, M.N.N. & Perera, B.A.K.S., (2017). Management of Nominated Subcontractors in the Construction of Commercial Buildings in Sri Lanka. Bhumi, The Planning Research Journal. 5(2), pp.21–40. DOI: http://doi.org/10.4038/bhumi.v5i2.29
Published on 31 Dec 2017.
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