Captiva owned a site in Bournemouth. They contracted with Rybarn, a contractor, to construct 28 flats together with parking. The contract contained an option for Rybarn to take leases in respect of seven of the 28 flats.

Clause 3.4 of the contract provided Rybarn with an exclusive right to dispose of and retain the proceeds of sale of the flats to which Rybarn may become entitled. Clause 3.8 granted Rybarn an option to take a lease in the form attached to the contract.

Captiva had commenced adjudication, and the only issue in these proceedings was for a declaration as to whether the parties' contract was subject to the statutory right to adjudication.