Employer’s Agent – Design and Build Contract

Under a typical design-and-build contract, the Employer’s Agent undertakes all duties on the employer’s behalf. If the employer wants to retain direct involvement, it is essential that the allocation of actions is documented in the contract.

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CADS Building Surveyors have experience acting as Employer’s Agents on a variety of public and private housing and commercial new build projects. Our service can be tailored to suit your individual requirements and can be offered as part of a ‘package’ of services from project inception.

Completed photo of Pottergate, Norwich after the design and build

The Employer’s Agent services may encompass:


  • Cost advice at feasibility study and pre-tender development stages;
  • Liaising with the design team members, client during the scheme design stage;
  • Preparing Employer’s Requirements and specifications for tendering/contract procurement purposes;
  • Appraising tenders and preparing a report for the client with recommendations.


  • Preparing Contracts and associated legal documentation,
  • Ensuring all necessary approvals are in place prior to the commencement of construction,
  • Undertaking site inspections to monitor and check progress, quality of workmanship and adherence to the contract specification,
  • Managing and chairing regular site meetings to assess progress against the contract programme,
  • Generally administering the contract including client change orders and cost implications,
  • Undertaking a detailed quality check prior to handover and issuing defect snagging lists to the contractor,
  • Agreeing on the costs arising from the contract and certifying final account.

The Employer’s Agent may also monitor any defects arising from the contractor’s liability period and ensuring matters arising are dealt with in a timely manner with a final check at the end of the period.

If you would like any Building Consultancy advice or need an Employer’s Agent for a Design and Build construction project, please contact Mark Johnson or Robin Thorp on 01493 412806 or email sales@cadesignservices.co.uk (contact details can also be found at the top of this page).