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L-R: JCT chair, Richard Saxon CBE, Eddie Hughes MP, JCT chief executive, Neil Gower

JCT celebrates range of new digital services at parliamentary reception

JCT announced a major new development for the way construction contracts will be drafted in the digital age, with the launch of a range of new online contract drafting services at their annual Construction Industry Parliamentary Reception, at the House of Commons on Wednesday 23rd May 2018. Many JCT customers will already be familiar with JCT’s On Demand service, which enables users to complete their contracts online in a seamless, online environment using an interactive Q&A process. JCT were today able to announce that a…

JCT launches new range of training courses

JCT Training is a new initiative from JCT, offering a range of training courses on JCT contracts, directly from the construction professionals involved in creating the JCT 2016 Edition. The new courses cover a range of topics, from an introduction to the JCT suite and choosing the appropriate JCT 2016 contract, to courses covering specific contract families and documents, to courses covering contractual and legal issues. The first group of training courses, available for June 2018 include: ‘Deciding on the appropriate JCT Contract 2016’ (13th…

JCT releases updated JCT Contracts Discovery education module

JCT has revised and substantially updated its education and training module, JCT Contracts Discovery, providing an improved and more in-depth tool for those working in construction education. JCT Contracts Discovery is designed for education and training providers, in-house training teams, independent tutors, and students studying contractual matters as part of their construction-related courses. It is also a useful reference guide for construction professionals who are new to JCT and the processes involved in working with standard form construction contracts. The module sets new standards for…

JCT launches improved On Demand digital service

JCT has launched its new On Demand digital service, taking in feedback from users to deliver a service with a range of enhancements and features, enabling easy completion of JCT contracts online. JCT On Demand seamlessly integrates with the JCT online store, www.jctltd.co.uk, so that users are able to purchase the JCT On Demand digital version of their contract, log in to their account and access their contract any time that is convenient to them. The new JCT On Demand service enables users to: Complete…

Met Office and JCT team up to provide new weather services for construction industry

The Met Office and JCT have launched a new range of weather services designed specifically to assist in project planning and post-project analysis. The products will work in conjunction with the weather clauses in the JCT suite of contracts. Two new products, Location Based Monthly Planning Averages and Location Based Downtime Summaries, provide project teams with trusted information to inform scheduling, design refinements and budget in the planning stage. They also deliver accurate information to aid resolution of disputes and requests for extension of time….

Raven’s Enclosure, Tower of London

Legend has it that the kingdom will fall should the ravens ever leave the Tower of London. It was extra important therefore to provide a safe and comfortable new habitat for the iconic birds – one that was sensitive to its historic environment and enhanced their role as a visitor attraction. With a careful and collaborative approach required, the JCT – Constructing Excellence Contract provided the contract solution. The ravens of the Tower of London are an important part of British cultural folklore and history,…

JCT releases Intermediate Building Contract 2016

The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) has released the 2016 Edition of the Intermediate Building Contract family. The contracts are available to purchase via JCT’s online store, www.jctltd.co.uk. The 2016 Edition of the Intermediate Building Contract family includes the following documents: Intermediate Building Contract (IC) Intermediate Building Contract with contractor’s design (ICD) Intermediate Building Contract Guide (IC/G) Intermediate Sub-Contract Agreement (ICSub/A) Intermediate Sub-Contract Conditions (ICSub/C) Intermediate Sub-Contract with sub-contractor’s design Agreement (ICSub/D/A) Intermediate Sub-Contract with sub-contractor’s design Conditions (ICSub/D/C) Intermediate Named Sub-Contract Tender and Agreement (ICSub/NAM)…

Tony Giddings to talk collaboration at JCT Povey Lecture 2016

“Collaboration: how Argent developed its successful way of working”, will be the title of the JCT Povey Lecture 2016, to be given by Tony Giddings at The Building Centre on Thursday 10 November 2016. Tony Giddings BSc FCIOB was executive director of Argent PLC from 1997, finally stepping down as partner this year. During this time he has been responsible for over £1.2bn of construction, including projects at Thames Valley Park, Green Park in Reading, Brindleyplace in Birmingham, Piccadilly Place in Manchester, and more recently…

Harlech Castle

Any building project has its unique complexities and a project which includes renovation and refurbishment, new-build construction, and the implementation of a variety of sustainable and energy saving techniques, is no exception. But in the case of Harlech Castle in Gwenedd, Wales, the former had to be achieved in a building, next to a scheduled ancient monument, on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in a conservation area on the edge of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), within a National Park. A JCT Standard…

Withdrawal of JCT 2011: information for JCT users

Following the successful release of the JCT 2016 edition of contracts, the JCT 2011 contracts were withdrawn as below. JCT Contracts Digital Service (CD) users After the end of April 2018, JCT 2011 contracts were archived. Hard-copy users JCT 2011 contracts are no longer in print, but can be purchased through Docdel. To order, please go to https://corporate.jctltd.co.uk/products/pre-2016-jct-contracts/

JCT contract sales up to record levels following strong uptake of JCT 2016 Edition

JCT contract sales are at record levels as a result of a continued trend of strong performance throughout the construction industry, which has been further buoyed by the uptake of the JCT 2016 Edition. The level of sales through JCT’s online store is further reflected in the publication this week of the NBS National Construction Contracts and Law Report 2018, which showed a significant increase in the use of JCT contracts over the past year. The latest NBS report shows marked growth in the use…

‘Re-integration’

  Blog Author: Richard Saxon CBE, JCT Chairman The collapse of Carillion is probably another nail in the coffin of the current UK model of main  contracting where virtually all the trade work is subcontracted. Over fifty years in the industry, I have seen the change from traditional contractors with their main trades in-house to the current, insustainable pattern. The vertically integrated contractor was brought down by recurrent business cycles which punish employers. Once the idea spread that trade specialists could be hired in just…

Goldsmith Street

When completed later this year, the new terraces of flats and houses at Goldsmith Street, Norwich will be the UK’s largest Passivhaus development. If that wasn’t ambitious enough, it is also commissioned by Norwich Council as a 100% social housing scheme. A JCT Standard Building Contract provided the contract solution. Goldsmith Street is the pinnacle of a recent series of developments which is seeing Norfolk become a hub in the UK for Passivhaus projects. Designed by Mikhail Riches Architects and built by RG Carter, it…

JCT On Demand: New JCT Digital Contracts Now Available

JCT has launched its improved and updated On Demand digital service, taking on board user feedback to deliver a new service with a range of enhanced features. The On Demand digital service is re-launched with three of JCT’s most popular contracts, JCT Minor Works Building Contract (MW), JCT Minor Works Building Contract with contractors’ design (MWD) and JCT Design and Build Contract (DB). The Design and Build Contract Guide (DB/G) is also available. The new On Demand digital service seamlessly integrates with the JCT online…

What Can One Learn from Carillion?

Blog Author: Peter Hibberd The collapse of Carillion was a shock and affects many within the industry, not least sub-contractors and suppliers. It was a shock because, despite the warnings of some commentators, large companies supposedly should not go into compulsory liquidation. It is in that belief that a sub-contractor is generally happier to work for large companies. Carillion’s collapse shows that belief, if not entirely misplaced, to be one that cannot be taken for granted. Just because a company is large it is not…

Using Weather and Climate Data to Manage Risk

Introduction JCT has teamed up with the Met Office to offer two new locationbased products: Monthly Planning Averages and Monthly Downtime Summaries. The reports are designed specifically for project planning and management, helping you to minimise the impact of weather on your project and complement the weather clauses found in JCT contracts. Ric Robins, Business Group Head of Meteorology and Science at the Met Office states “we have collaborated with the construction industry and JCT to develop two new weather summary reports, location-based monthly planning…