Navigate the legal aspects of building projects

Property development can help charities expand their services, reach more people and, ultimately, do more good in the world.

But taking on a building project is complicated. You’ll need flawless planning, trusted support and legal insights to keep things on track. Understanding the options early in the planning process will help you structure your project to meet your specific needs.

This guide, co-created with law firm Brachers, is for charity trustees who are ready to start considering the key legal aspects of employing construction contractors or procuring building services.

Find answers to these questions inside:

  • How will the chosen procurement route affect your project role and responsibilities?
  • Where can you source a suitable building contract?
  • What is a collateral warranty, and why do project funders require one?
  • How can you guarantee that contractors will deliver?
  • What other contractual issues should you consider?

This document provides an overview of areas to consider – it is not a substitute for independent legal advice.

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Building projects we've supported

Harvey's Foundry

A former foundry drives local regeneration

  • Harvey's Foundry Trust
  • £540,000 loan

A once-declining Cornish town is now thriving thanks to this heritage project. A CAF Bank loan secured the latest phase of the build.

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Stoll is building a new housing development for vulnerable Veterans at Aldershot Garrison

Building homes to rebuild Veterans' lives

  • Stoll
  • £3.8 million loan

State-of-the-art homes and facilities at Aldershot Garrison are reinventing daily life for vulnerable veterans, giving them greater independence.

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