Case Study: Museum of the Home

The Museum of the Home (MotH) in Hoxton, London, is open after three years of redevelopment. The project included the renovation of a 300 year old almshouse and the creation of newly built elements to reimagine the visitor experience. The transformation was designed by Wright & Wright Architects and used a JCT Standard Building Contract. The original building that houses the MotH started life in the 18th Century as an almshouse. Its career as a museum began in 1914 when the almshouse was converted to…

Increasing Costs and Fluctuations Provisions

Blog Author: Peter Hibberd Recently, the Bank of England governor claimed that his ex-chief economist’s view that inflation may reach 4% was alarmist and that we should not overreact to rising prices. Overreacting is one thing but making sensible provision is another. Fluctuations in labour and material prices in relation to construction projects can, and do, quickly erode a contractor’s margin. Over recent years, price inflation has been benign, which has led to those entering building contracts giving less consideration to its impact and to…

Debating Digital

Blog Author: Richard Saxon CBE – Past Chair, JCT Debates are as much a form of entertainment as a way of reaching decisions. But they can still reveal true opinion usefully if the protagonists are so minded. At my school, we were allocated the ‘for’ and ‘against’ roles randomly, to sharpen our wits. As debates progress, positions can become more nuanced. An example of this was the online debate held by Infrastructure Intelligence magazine on the proposition: “That digital transformation is dependent on new forms…

Climate Contracting for the Construction Industry

Blog Author: Becky Annison – Director of Engagement, The Chancery Lane Project The opportunity: It is estimated that the built environment contributes 39% of global greenhouse gas emissions, with the operation (energy consumption) of buildings responsible for 28% and the embodied carbon associated with the materials and construction process throughout the whole building life cycle accounting for 11%. The construction industry is also notorious for its tight profit margins and onerous risk allocations, with precious little room to manoeuvre. However, it is an industry with…

Coming soon – JCT Training Video Modules

JCT is adding to its expanding range of JCT Training services with a new range of video modules, accessible via the JCT website. The current range of JCT Training includes face-to-face training day sessions, and our popular range of 3-hour, interactive webinar sessions. The Training Video Modules will provide an alternative service, for those looking for smaller, easier to access chunks – ideal for brushing up on a certain area of a contract over a lunch break. About JCT Training Video Modules Ideal for those…

JCT Interview…Steve Medhurst

In the JCT Interviews… series we shine the spotlight on some of the key people who are involved with or give their time to support JCT, showing the diverse range of disciplines across the construction industry that our members represent and the collaborative work that contributes to the development of our contracts. We look at how our interviewees contribute to JCT specifically and gain their views on the wider industry and JCT’s role within it. Steve Medhurst member, JCT Drafting Sub-Committee member, JCT Council Steve…

‘Parkside’ – Imperial War Museum HQ, London

The Imperial War Museum’s (IWM) new office headquarters, known as Parkside, combines cutting edge offsite construction and the latest in architectural design to deliver a high-performance building with traditional touches that respect its local surroundings. The building provides a new hub for the IWM to continue its mission to improve public understanding of war and conflict through its exhibitions, events, and programming. A JCT Design and Build Contract was the form of choice. Parkside is a three-storey modular block that provides office space for the…

Grenfell and the Draft Building Safety Bill

Blog Author: Michael Haste – Director, Pascall+Watson  Since the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 we have within the construction industry started to see a number of important developments that will ultimately re-shape our industry for many years to come. These will have far-reaching consequences on many of us but may have limited impact on others, but all should expect to see change of one form or another. Grenfell should never have happened and the fact that it did will remain for many years…

Insurance and JCT contracts: Your Questions Answered

Blog Author: Douglas Brown – Renovation Underwriting Douglas Brown, Managing Director of specialist renovation policy provider Renovation Underwriting, shares his views and insights on JCT contracts and renovation insurance more widely. It might be a surprise to know that most home renovators, and many home insurance brokers, have no knowledge of JCT contracts. In most cases, it is only when a homeowner needs to arrange the insurance for their home undergoing work that they uncover just exactly what is involved. Very few even notify their…

JCT Training Online – Book a Place Today on one of our Interactive Online Courses

JCT has launched the next batch of new JCT Training Online courses. The dates and courses listed below are now available to book from the JCT online store at www.jctltd.co.uk/jct-training. A reminder about JCT Training Online: Courses are 3 hours duration, delivered as live broadcast webinars. Courses feature the same expert trainers as the face-to-face courses – all either past or current members of the JCT Council or JCT Drafting Sub-Committee. Interactivity is provided with the ability to ask questions through the interface during set…