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Issue No. 103
January 2016
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-Part II of Quantification and Substantiation of Contractual Claims
-Sweden's ICEHOTEL: a Different Kind of Construction

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Quantification and Substantiation of Contractual Claims Part II: Claims For Unproductive Working or Disruption
by Mark Entwistle, FDBF
Mark Entwistle, FDBF

DBF Fellow Mark Entwistle's second article in his series  Quantification and Substantiation of Contractual Claims, which  addresses elements of  claims brought in engineering and construction contracts,  focuses on the subject of "cl aims for unproductive working or disruption", which he believes is the hardest claim to quantify. Continue.

If you missed the first article in this series in our November newsletter, you can catch up by clicking here .

Mark Entwistle (Barrister and Quantity Surveyor) is a Fellow of the DBF and is listed in the FIDIC President's List of Approved Adjudicators. Mark is also the  holder of the  Independent Construction Adjudicator of the Year (UK) 2015, and  Best Construction Lawyer (UK) 2015.

He will be happy to address any questions or issues arising out of this paper, and is contactable by emailing markentwistle@consultant.com

Project of the Month: Sweden's Ice Hotel
Main hall of the ICEHOTEL designed by Alessandro Falca & AnnaSofia Mååg, photo by Lars Thulin, CC BY-SA 4.0 

In honour of winter and the new year we would like to highlight Sweden's  ICEHOTEL 2016 in  Jukkasjärvi which has opened for this winter season and is a marvel of construction and artistry.

According to ICEHOTEL's website, every year  since the original hotel was created in 1989, artists, designers, architects and others have converged on  Jukkasjärvi, Sweden to carve and sculpt the hotel using ice and snow from water that originates in the Arctic Circle.  For this season's hotel opening, ICEHOTEL allowed the public to submit their ideas for various themes.

Each 'art suite' is designed and constructed by a different team. In addition to the art suites, there are also larger luxury suites available.

Of course, with ice being the transitory construction material that it is, every year provides an opportunity for change and innovation as the hotel melts and is re-designed and sculpted all over again.

For more information, photos and videos of the build - including ICEHOTEL's history - visit their website  or their  Facebook page .


Paul Considine_ MDBF
Paul Considine, MDBF
Corporate Panel Member
4-5 Gray's Inn Square

Country: UK

Expertise:  Arbitration, Construction, International Trade, Civil Engineering

Paul Considine's legal and ADR practice is underpinned by over 30 years of experience gained in industry and commerce, including seventeen years as a consultant Chartered Engineer, Company Director of a Consultancy Practice and nine years as a Commercial Claims Consultant. His experience ranges across a broad range of industries including oil & gas, nuclear, manufacturing, food & beverage, space, rail and the public sector commerce.

His consultancy work covered the design and delivery of engineering and technology projects including R&D, design, build, commissioning and support activities as well as commercial contracting and complex contract dispute resolution on large scale government projects in the IT and Technology sectors and on civil infrastructure projects.

Among other esteemed qualifications, Mr Considine is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member of TECBAR, a Chartered Electrical Engineer, Member of London Court of International Arbitration, and an Accredited Mediator in ADR Group Ltd and Regents College London SP & CP.




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