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Terms And Conditions: Alchemy Architectural Aluminium Systems To Trade Customer
The customer's attention is drawn in particular to the provisions of clause 9.
1.1 Definitions. In these Conditions, the following definitions apply:
Conditions: the terms and conditions set out in this document as amended from time to time in accordance with clause 11.6.
Contract: the contract between Alchemy Architectural Aluminium Systems Ltd (hereafter referred to as AAASL) and the Customer for the sale and purchase of the Goods in accordance with these Conditions.
Customer: the person or firm who purchases the Goods from AAASL.
Force Majeure Event: has the meaning given in clause 10.
Goods: the goods (or any part of them) set out in the Order.
Order: the Customer's order for the Goods, as set out overleaf.
2. BASIS OF CONTRACT
2.1 These Conditions apply to the Contract to the exclusion of any other terms that the Customer seeks to impose or incorporate, or which are implied by trade, custom, practice or course of dealing.
2.2 The Order constitutes an offer by the Customer to purchase the Goods in accordance with these Conditions. The Customer is responsible for ensuring that the terms of the Order and any applicable Specification submitted by the Customer (whether online or otherwise) are complete and accurate.
2.3 The Order shall only be deemed to be accepted when AAASL issues an Order Acknowledgement, at which point the Contract shall come into existence.
2.4 The Contract constitutes the entire agreement between the parties. The Customer acknowledges that it has not relied on any statement, promise or representation made or given by or on behalf of AAASL which is not set out in the Contract.
2.5 Any samples, drawings, descriptive matter, or advertising produced by AAASL and any descriptions or illustrations contained in AAASL catalogues or brochures are produced for the sole purpose of giving an approximate idea of the Goods described in them. They shall not form part of the Contract or have any contractual force.
2.6 Any quotation for the Goods given by AAASL shall not constitute an offer. A quotation shall only be valid for a period of 30 Business Days from its date of issue and is subject to confirmation by AAASL.
3.1 The Goods are described in AAASL's Order Acknowledgment form as modified by any applicable Specification.
3.2 The images of the products on any of our marketing material are for illustrative purposes only. Whilst we have made every effort to display the colours accurately, we cannot guarantee that any image in print or on screen accurately reflects the colour of the products; your product may vary slightly from those images. We have made every effort to be as accurate as possible, but because our products are handmade, all sizes, weights, capacities, dimensions and measurements indicated on our website have a 5% tolerance.
3.3 If we are making the product to measurements or specifications supplied by you, you are responsible for ensuring that these measurements and specifications are correct.
3.4 You will not be entitled to end the contract with us as a result of your failure to provide us with accurate measurements and specifications for the products and we are not able to advise you upon these matters. You should therefore take appropriate professional advice (for example, from an architect or engineer) before placing your order.
3.5 Certain products (for example coloured products) are exempt from our standard product run. We have no control over the length of time it takes for the supplier to deliver those products to us and this may cause delays in the supply of your products to you. Please ensure that you take into account any potential delays in delivery in relation to any project timings as we will not accept any liability for any losses that arise out of delays in the supply of products for this reason.
3.6 To the extent that the Goods are to be manufactured in accordance with a Specification supplied by the Customer, the Customer shall indemnify AAASL against all liabilities, costs, expenses, damages and losses (including any direct, indirect or consequential losses, loss of profit, loss of reputation and all interest, penalties and legal and other professional costs and expenses) suffered or incurred by AAASL in connection with any claim made against AAASL for actual or alleged infringement of a third party's intellectual property rights arising out of or in connection with AAASL's use of the Specification. This clause shall survive termination of the Contract.
3.7 AAASL reserves the right to amend the specification of the Goods if required by any applicable statutory or regulatory requirements.
4.1 AAASL shall deliver the Goods to the location set out in the Order or such other location as the parties may agree (Delivery Location) at any time after AAASL notifies the Customer that the Goods are ready. All deliveries are kerb side only and the customer is requested to have sufficient labour available to unload safely.
4.2 Delivery of the Goods shall be completed on the Goods' arrival at the Delivery Location.
4.3 Any dates quoted for delivery are approximate only, and the time of delivery is not of the essence. AAASL shall not be liable for any delay in delivery of the Goods that is caused by:
(a) a Force Majeure Event; or
(b) the Customer's failure to provide AAASL with adequate delivery instructions or any other instructions that are relevant to the supply of the Goods;
(c) damage to the products or parts we receive from our supplier; or
(d) damage to the products during transit; or
(e) you placing an order for a particular colour or finish to a product which is not in our general range and it takes longer than usual for us to receive the same from our supplier (see clause 3.5 above).
4.4 If AAASL fails to deliver the Goods, its liability shall be limited to the costs and expenses incurred by the Customer in obtaining replacement goods of similar description and quality in the cheapest market available, less the price of the Goods. AAASL shall have no liability for any failure to deliver the Goods to the extent that such failure is caused by a Force Majeure Event or the Customer's failure to provide AAASL with adequate delivery instructions or any other instructions that are relevant to the supply of the Goods.
4.5 If the Customer fails to take delivery of the Goods within three Business Days of AAASL notifying the Customer that the Goods are ready, then, except where such failure or delay is caused by a Force Majeure Event or AAASL’s failure to comply with its obligations under the Contract:
(a) delivery of the Goods shall be deemed to have been completed at 9.00 am on the third Business Day after the day on which AAASL notified the Customer that the Goods were ready; and
(b) AAASL shall store the Goods until delivery takes place, and charge the Customer for all reasonable costs and expenses (including insurance).
4.6 If 20 Business Days after the day on which AAASL notified the Customer that the Goods were ready for delivery the Customer has not taken delivery of them, AAASL may resell or otherwise dispose of part or all of the Goods and, after deducting reasonable storage and selling costs, account to the Customer for any excess over the price of the Goods or charge the Customer for any shortfall below the price of the Goods.
4.7 AAASL may deliver the Goods by instalment. Any delay in delivery or defect in an instalment shall not entitle the Customer to cancel any other instalment.
5.1 The Warranty Period is as follows:
(a) 10 years from the date of delivery for bifold products and paint finish subject to proper maintenance.
(b) 5 years from the date of delivery for glass, hardware and accessories.
(c) 12 months from the date of delivery for fixtures and fittings.
5.2 AAASL warrants that on delivery, and during the Warranty Period, the Goods shall:
(a) conform in all material respects with their description and any applicable Specification;
(b) be free from material defects in design, material and workmanship to industry recommended standards.
5.3 Subject to clause 5.4, if:
(a) the Customer gives notice in writing to AAASL during the Warranty Period and within a reasonable time of discovery that some or all of the Goods do not comply with the warranty set out in clause 5.2;
(b) AAASL is given a reasonable opportunity of examining such Goods; and
(c) the Customer (if asked to do so by AAASL) returns such Goods to AAASL's place of business at the Customer's cost,
AAASL shall, at its option, repair or replace the defective Goods, or refund the price of the defective Goods in full.
5.4 AAASL shall not be liable for Goods' failure to comply with the warranty set out in clause 5.1 in any of the following events:
(a) the Customer makes any further use of such Goods after giving notice in accordance with clause 5.3;
(b) the defect arises because the Customer failed to follow AAASL's oral or written instructions as to the storage, commissioning, installation, use and maintenance of the Goods or (if there are none) good trade practice regarding the same;
(c) the defect arises as a result of AAASL following any drawing, design or Specification supplied by the Customer;
(d) the Customer alters or repairs such Goods without the written consent of AAASL;
(e) the defect arises as a result of fair wear and tear, wilful damage, negligence, or abnormal storage or working conditions; or
(f) the Goods differ from their description or the Specification as a result of changes made to ensure they comply with applicable statutory or regulatory requirements.
5.5 Except as provided in this clause 5, AAASL shall have no liability to the Customer in respect of the Goods' failure to comply with the warranty set out in clauses 5.1 and 5.2.
5.6 The terms implied by sections 13 to 15 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979 are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from the Contract.
5.7 These Conditions shall apply to any repaired or replacement Goods supplied by AAASL.
6. TITLE AND RISK
6.1 The risk in the Goods shall pass to the Customer on completion of delivery.
6.2 Title to the Goods shall not pass to the Customer until AAASL has received payment in full (in cash or cleared funds) for the Goods.
6.3 Until title to the Goods has passed to the Customer, the Customer shall:
(a) hold the Goods on a fiduciary basis as AAASL’s bailee;
(b) store the Goods separately from all other goods held by the Customer so that they remain readily identifiable as AAASL's property;
(c) not remove, deface or obscure any identifying mark or packaging on or relating to the Goods;
(d) maintain the Goods in satisfactory condition and keep them insured against all risks for their full price from the date of delivery;
(e) notify AAASL immediately if it becomes subject to any of the events listed in clause 8.2; and
(f) give AAASL such information relating to the Goods as AAASL may require from time to time,
but the Customer may resell or use the Goods in the ordinary course of its business.
6.4 If before title to the Goods passes to the Customer the Customer becomes subject to any of the events listed in clause 8.2, then, without limiting any other right or remedy AAASL may have:
(a) the Customer's right to resell Goods or use them in the ordinary course of its business ceases immediately; and
(b) AAASL may at any time:
(i) require the Customer to deliver up all Goods in its possession which have not been resold, or irrevocably incorporated into another product; and
(ii) if the Customer fails to do so promptly, enter any premises of the Customer or of any third party where the Goods are stored in order to recover them.
7. PRICE AND PAYMENT
7.1 The price of the Goods shall be the price set out in the online quotation and confirmed by AAASL in writing.
7.2 AAASL may, by giving notice to the Customer at any time before delivery, increase the price of the Goods to reflect any increase in the cost of the Goods that is due to:
(a) any factor beyond AAASL's control (including foreign exchange fluctuations, increases in taxes and duties, and increases in labour, materials and other manufacturing costs);
(b) any request by the Customer to change the delivery date(s), quantities or types of Goods ordered, or the Specification; or
(c) any delay caused by any instructions of the Customer or failure of the Customer to give AAASL adequate or accurate information or instructions.
7.3 The price of the Goods is exclusive of the costs and charges of packaging, insurance and transport of the Goods, which shall be invoiced to the Customer.
7.4 The price of the Goods is exclusive of amounts in respect of value added tax (VAT). The Customer shall, on receipt of a valid VAT invoice from AAASL, pay to AAASL such additional amounts in respect of VAT as are chargeable on the supply of the Goods.
7.5 You must pay for the Goods in full at the time that you place your order online.
7.6 If the Customer fails to make any payment due to AAASL under the Contract by the due date for payment (due date), then the Customer shall pay interest on the overdue amount at the rate of 4% per annum above Barclays Bank Plc's base rate from time to time. Such interest shall accrue on a daily basis from the due date until the date of actual payment of the overdue amount, whether before or after judgment. The Customer shall pay the interest together with the overdue amount.
7.7 The Customer shall pay all amounts due under the Contract in full without any deduction or withholding except as required by law and the Customer shall not be entitled to assert any credit, set-off or counterclaim against AAASL in order to justify withholding payment of any such amount in whole or in part. AAASL may at any time, without limiting any other rights or remedies it may have, set off any amount owing to it by the Customer against any amount payable by AAASL to the Customer.
8. CUSTOMER'S INSOLVENCY OR INCAPACITY
8.1 If the Customer becomes subject to any of the events listed in clause 8.2, or AAASL reasonably believes that the Customer is about to become subject to any of them and notifies the Customer accordingly, then, without limiting any other right or remedy available to AAASL, AAASL may cancel or suspend all further deliveries under the Contract or under any other contract between the Customer and AAASL without incurring any liability to the Customer, and all outstanding sums in respect of Goods delivered to the Customer shall become immediately due.
8.2 For the purposes of clause 8.1, the relevant events are:
(a) the Customer suspends, or threatens to suspend, payment of its debts, or is unable to pay its debts as they fall due or admits inability to pay its debts, or (being a company) is deemed unable to pay its debts within the meaning of section 123 of the Insolvency Act 1986, or (being an individual) is deemed either unable to pay its debts or as having no reasonable prospect of so doing, in either case, within the meaning of section 268 of the Insolvency Act 1986, or (being a partnership) has any partner to whom any of the foregoing apply;
(b) the Customer commences negotiations with all or any class of its creditors with a view to rescheduling any of its debts, or makes a proposal for or enters into any compromise or arrangement with its creditors other than (where the Customer is a company) where these events take place for the sole purpose of a scheme for a solvent amalgamation of the Customer with one or more other companies or the solvent reconstruction of the Customer;
(c) (being a company) a petition is filed, a notice is given, a resolution is passed, or an order is made, for or in connection with the winding up of the Customer, other than for the sole purpose of a scheme for a solvent amalgamation of the Customer with one or more other companies or the solvent reconstruction of the Customer;
(d) (being an individual) the Customer is the subject of a bankruptcy petition or order;
(e) a creditor or encumbrancer of the Customer attaches or takes possession of, or a distress, execution, sequestration or other such process is levied or enforced on or sued against, the whole or any part of its assets and such attachment or process is not discharged within 14 days;
(f) (being a company) an application is made to court, or an order is made, for the appointment of an administrator or if a notice of intention to appoint an administrator is given or if an administrator is appointed over the Customer;
(g) (being a company) a floating charge holder over the Customer's assets has become entitled to appoint or has appointed an administrative receiver;
(h) a person becomes entitled to appoint a receiver over the Customer's assets or a receiver is appointed over the Customer's assets;
(i) any event occurs, or proceeding is taken, with respect to the Customer in any jurisdiction to which it is subject that has an effect equivalent or similar to any of the events mentioned in clause 8.2(a) to clause 8.2(h) (inclusive);
(j) the Customer suspends, threatens to suspend, ceases or threatens to cease to carry on all or substantially the whole of its business;
(k) the Customer's financial position deteriorates to such an extent that in AAASL's opinion the Customer's capability to adequately fulfil its obligations under the Contract has been placed in jeopardy; and
(l) (being an individual) the Customer dies or, by reason of illness or incapacity (whether mental or physical), is incapable of managing his or her own affairs or becomes a patient under any mental health legislation.
8.3 Termination of the Contract, however arising, shall not affect any of the parties' rights and remedies that have accrued as at termination. Clauses which expressly or by implication survive termination of the Contract shall continue in full force and effect.
9. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
9.1 Nothing in these Conditions shall limit or exclude AAASL's liability for:
(a) death or personal injury caused by its negligence, or the negligence of its employees, agents or subcontractors (as applicable);
(b) fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation;
(c) breach of the terms implied by section 12 of the Sale of Goods Act 1979;
(d) defective products under the Consumer Protection Act 1987; or
(e) any matter in respect of which it would be unlawful for AAASL to exclude or restrict liability.
9.2 Subject to clause 9.1:
(a) AAASL shall under no circumstances whatever be liable to the Customer, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, for any loss of profit, or any indirect or consequential loss arising under or in connection with the Contract; and
(b) AAASL's total liability to the Customer in respect of all other losses arising under or in connection with the Contract, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, shall in no circumstances exceed 75% of the price of the Goods.
10. FORCE MAJEURE
Neither party shall be liable for any failure or delay in performing its obligations under the Contract to the extent that such failure or delay is caused by a Force Majeure Event. A Force Majeure Event means any event beyond a party's reasonable control, which by its nature could not have been foreseen, or, if it could have been foreseen, was unavoidable, including strikes, lock-outs or other industrial disputes (whether involving its own workforce or a third party's), failure of energy sources or transport network, acts of God, war, terrorism, riot, civil commotion, interference by civil or military authorities, national or international calamity, armed conflict, malicious damage, breakdown of plant or machinery, nuclear, chemical or biological contamination, sonic boom, explosions, collapse of building structures, fires, floods, storms, earthquakes, loss at sea, epidemics or similar events, natural disasters or extreme adverse weather conditions, or default of suppliers or subcontractors.
(a) How we will refund you. We will refund you the price you paid for the Goods including delivery costs, by the method you used for payment. However, we may make deductions from the price, depending on the reason for the Contract coming to an end.
(b) When your refund will be made. We will make any refunds due to you as soon as possible and in any event within 14 days from the day on which we collect the Goods back from you.
11.2 Assignment and subcontracting.
(a) AAASL may at any time assign, transfer, charge, subcontract or deal in any other manner with all or any of its rights or obligations under the Contract.
(b) The Customer may not assign, transfer, charge, subcontract or deal in any other manner with all or any of its rights or obligations under the Contract without the prior written consent of AAASL.
(a) Any notice or other communication given to a party under or in connection with the Contract shall be in writing, addressed to that party at its registered office (if it is a company) or its principal place of business (in any other case) or such other address as that party may have specified to the other party in writing in accordance with this clause, and shall be delivered personally, sent by pre-paid first class post, recorded delivery, commercial courier, fax or e-mail.
(b) A notice or other communication shall be deemed to have been received: if delivered personally, when left at the address referred to in clause 11.2(a); if sent by pre-paid first class post or recorded delivery, at 9.00 am on the second Business Day after posting; if delivered by commercial courier, on the date and at the time that the courier's delivery receipt is signed; or, if sent by fax or e-mail, one Business Day after transmission.
(c) The provisions of this clause shall not apply to the service of any proceedings or other documents in any legal action.
(a) If any court or competent authority finds that any provision of the Contract (or part of any provision) is invalid, illegal or unenforceable, that provision or part-provision shall, to the extent required, be deemed to be deleted, and the validity and enforceability of the other provisions of the Contract shall not be affected.
(b) If any invalid, unenforceable or illegal provision of the Contract would be valid, enforceable and legal if some part of it were deleted, the provision shall apply with the minimum modification necessary to make it legal, valid and enforceable.
11.5 Waiver. A waiver of any right or remedy under the Contract is only effective if given in writing and shall not be deemed a waiver of any subsequent breach or default. No failure or delay by a party to exercise any right or remedy provided under the Contract or by law shall constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor shall it preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy shall preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.
11.6 Third party rights. A person who is not a party to the Contract shall not have any rights under or in connection with it.
11.7 Variation. Except as set out in these Conditions, any variation to the Contract, including the introduction of any additional terms and conditions, shall only be binding when agreed in writing and signed by AAASL.
11.8 Governing law and jurisdiction. The Contract, and any dispute or claim arising out of or in connection with it or its subject matter or formation (including non-contractual disputes or claims), shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, English law, and the parties irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales.