The main objectives of this paper are to determine the main causes of delays that occur in construction projects in Cyprus and their effects, and suggest measures that can assist in their effective control and reduction. Seeing that no relevant work has been undertaken for the case of Cyprus, a detailed literature review was carried out to identify the most significant causes of delay at the international level. Based on the review, a survey questionnaire was distributed to members of the construction industry of Cyprus. The analysis of the results indicated variations requested by the client, mistakes and missing information from consultants’ drawings, and low productivity and inadequate programming of works from the contractor’s side to be the main causes of delay. By considering the delay causes analysis specific mitigation measures are proposed that are mainly related to the programming of the works, work progress and productivity monitoring, and the appointment process of the parties involved in a construction project.
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