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K C Tang
Provisional Item vs Provisional Sum
Sat Sep 17, 2011 12:51pm
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First, "provisional", not "provision".

Clause 1.6 contains the following definitions:

Provisional Item: an item of work identified as provisional in the Contract Bills to be carried out by the Contractor if instructed to do so by the Architect under clause 13.2.

Provisional Quantities: an estimated quantity of work identified as provisional in the Contract Bills, where the actual quantity could not be accurately determined when the bills of quantities were prepared, to be carried out by the Contractor if instructed to do so by the Architect under clause 13.2.

Provisional Sum: a sum provided in the Contract Bills for work or for costs, which could not be entirely foreseen, defined or detailed when the bills of quantities were prepared, to be paid to the Contractor if instructed by the Architect under clause 13.2 to carry out such work or incur such costs.

This definition of "provisional item" arises in the new SFBC. Otherise, provisional quantities and provisional sums could also be called provisional items in the broader sense.

Now, provisional item is a kind of provisional quantity item whose the unit is "Item". Personally, I do not think that we need to call it as such separately because it would cause confusion. Just treat it as one kind of provisional quantities should be OK.

Both provisional items and provisional quantities items included in the Main Contract are to be carried out by the Contractor. If included in a Nominated Sub-Contract, then by the Nominated Sub-Contractor.

Works covered by provisional sums are to be carried out by the Main Contractor, but the Architect can instruct to change a provisional sum to a prime cost sum.

K C Tang

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