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I’d agree that in most instances you’d probably be better off to just suck it up as Bert suggests.

The original variation for additional work is not in dispute to according to the OP, only the cost associated with prolongation of the contract.

On construction/building sites (which this appears to be), prolongation is a common claim .

I’ve been in similar situations plenty of times and if someone else stuffs up and costs me money I’d at least be having a crack at getting something back.

It’s common practice especially on owner builder sites to just give work the go ahead, then do little or nothing to manage it properly and then expect small contractors to wear it when things go wrong. And it’s why I always used to put a very fat margin on anything I did for owner builders.