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5 Key Factors That Cause Delays in Construction Projects

Throughout this article, I will be explaining the top 5 reasons construction projects are delayed. 


If you have worked in construction for any length of time, you will know that project delays are virtually inevitable. Delays can be both costly and frustrating for all involved, however, they are not always in your control. Therefore, it is crucial that you have an understanding of what delays you are likely to encounter on a construction project, so you can take the appropriate steps to avoid or overcome them. 



Your budget is key to staying on track to complete your project successfully in the given timeframe. If your estimated budget is incorrect, however, it can be massively detrimental. In some cases, projects are shut down for weeks, months or even altogether. With an accurately estimated budget, there is always enough for materials and wages, etc. 



One of the biggest reasons for construction delays today is labour and skills shortages. The pandemic shook up the industry and throughout this time, many skilled workers either retired or moved to a different profession/industry altogether. So, if you don’t have the manpower to get the job done or tradespeople with the appropriate skills, you’re going to find yourself in a difficult situation. 



In any industry, on any project, good communication is vital. The construction industry is no exception. If communication is lacking on your project, the consequences are either delays or work done incorrectly. It doesn’t matter who you are on the project, everyone should be updated if there are changes to the schedule, materials, timings, etc. 



Playing the waiting game is a frustrating and sometimes long process – and it can play a pivotal role in the timeframe of your project. Often, you will be waiting for someone, somewhere to make a decision that keeps the entire project from moving forward. It is crucial that approvals are done on time (or ahead of time) to ensure that the project doesn’t go over the completion deadline. 



If you live in the UK, you will be familiar with how unpredictable the weather is; sunny one minute and snowy the next. Unfortunately, inclement weather is out of our control, but it certainly impacts construction projects. However, understanding that extreme weather conditions can’t be controlled allows you to prepare for these situations. For example, if you’ve got hot weather coming in, account for a slower pace with the possibility of more breaks needed. 


Although delays or factors that cause delays are not always in our control, it helps to have an understanding of some of the key situations you may be faced with. With so many risks to look out for, the last thing you need on your project is a legal dispute that could have been avoided if the appropriate measures were taken. 


Remember, if you are faced with a construction dispute, Mercantile Barristers will be happy to assist. Do use the enquiry form below to contact us to discuss your matter further.




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