Sports Facility Construction

Safety & legal questions – CDM regulations/Insurance cover/Warranties/VAT–does it have to be paid?

Are Doe familiar with CDM regulations?

Yes, we have all the necessary facilities and qualified staff in house to comply with CDM regulations, to produce Construction Phase CDM documents, including ‘as built’ CAD drawings and completion manuals for each project.

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What type of insurance cover does Doe carry?

  • Employers & Public Liability
  • Construction All-Risks
  • Professional Indemnity (please ask for further information on our PI cover)
  • In addition to normal business insurance cover

What warranties do you give on your works?

A standard 3 years or 5 years warranty from date of completion for Multi-Use Games and Tennis facilities depending on the type of facility and the chosen surface and 8 years on full size 3G pitches. The relevant warranty period is normally confirmed in our quotations or tender submissions and subsequently in any contract documentation.

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Is construction and resurfacing work always liable to VAT and does it have to be paid?

In broad terms the answer to both parts of this question is “yes”.

There are rare occasions (e.g., in the grounds of some listed properties) where special dispensations may occasionally be obtained by the client. However, these cases are usually not clear cut and rather than being able to quote one definitive ruling it is often necessary to enter into correspondence with the relevant HMRC Office to check each individual site. Clubs, Schools, Parish Councils, Hotels etc which are registered for VAT can usually reclaim all the VAT depending on the specific project.

As a Company, we have a policy of never undertaking jobs for “cash” when this method of settlement is being proposed as a means of avoiding the legitimate payment of VAT.

We want to give you a valid warranty, have your contract accurately recorded and properly covered by our insurers so that, should a problem occur, both you and we have a recognised audit route to rectify and resolve matters as necessary. Projects carried out for “cash” and not properly declared for VAT purposes may not be covered by insurers.

We appreciate that VAT adds considerably to the cost of every project these days and know that we lose some private client orders because we refused to “lose the VAT”. However, we have no wish to put either your contract and its warranty nor DOE’s Tax Certification at risk.

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