Debeck was engaged by T&E for the installation of air-conditioning services as part of a pharmaceutical development in Basingstoke. The parties reached an oral agreement whereby Debeck agreed to undertake the installation of ductwork for £27,000 plus VAT. The work was carried out by Debeck but no payment was made by T&E. Accordingly, Debeck made an application for summary judgment arguing among other things that the contract was a construction contract within the meaning of the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 and that accordingly, in the absence of any section 110 or section 111 notices, summary judgment should be granted.
T&E denied that the Housing Grants Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 was applicable, maintaining that there was no agreement in writing. Debeck relied upon section 107(2)(c) and 107(4) of the act, maintaining that, for the purposes of the act, there was an agreement in writing as that agreement was evidenced in writing within the meaning of section 107(2)(c) of the act.