Asia has taken over from the Middle East as the global hotbed for large and expensive disputes in the building and construction industry, with disagreements on large projects within the continent not only being costlier than anywhere else but also taking longer to resolve.

In a new report, built asset consultancy giants ARCADIS and EC Harris said the combined average construction dispute values handled by their teams rose from $US31.7 million in 2012 to $32.1 million in 2013. Asia led the way, with values coming in at a whopping $41.9 million followed by the…