Conflict Management And Law Coursework

Background

You need to imagine that you are the Client’s Project Manager involved in the following fictitious scenario:

Bishopsgate is a large and prosperous town, where a developer, Dover Street PV, is building a mixed use shopping centre.  Adjacent and above the main entrance to the scheme, there is a flying freehold owned by the Local Authority (LA) and used as a public lending library.

Both the Local Authority and Dover Street see the benefits of upgrading the entrance.  From the Developer’s point of view a better entrance will enhance the value of the scheme, and for the Local Authority it is an opportunity to upgrade the library.  It is important to recognise that the Developer will finance the external upgrade.  In exchange for allowing this improvement to the scheme, the Local Authority wishes to add internal upgrade works to the library within the scope of the library upgrade.

The library was built in 1970 and very little money has been spent on its upkeep.  It comprises two principal levels of 1,000 sq m together with ground floor reception and basement.  The problem with this type of building is the inability to ascertain the condition of the structure behind the fittings before works start on site.  Potentially, there could be a number of issues including; leaking roofs, fire safety, asbestos, dated and poorly functioning air conditioning, and ducts that had never been connected.