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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…

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, London

Since its founding in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (BDCH) has cared for more than 3.1 million dogs and cats. Starting in 2014, a major redevelopment of the BDCH site, which sits adjacent to Battersea Power Station, adds not only a new assessment centre and intake kennels, but an eye-catching eight-storey veterinary hospital, training and administration building – creating a landmark facility for the organisation. For a building that needed to house a number of specialist services, and overcome a number of structural and…

JCT Payment Notices: Welcome Guidance from the Court of Appeal

Construction standard form contracts have a great deal to recommend them. Parties to a contract can save time and cost by starting negotiations with an industry recognised set of terms which deals with all the matters that the parties may have to agree. But while a standard form provides a good starting point, it needs to be adapted to meet specific project needs. Parties should take great care when doing this because, as the case of Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Limited v Grove Developments Limited…

JCT Student Competition 2017: Addressing Skills Shortage the Top Priority

Skills shortages was the overwhelming category of choice for students taking part in the JCT Student Competition 2017, with the overall winner and both runners-up providing unique and interesting takes on the topic. Creativity, original tone of voice, and clarity of ideas were all on show, whether using the written word, photography, visual graphics or designs, highlighting the depth of talent and broad range of skills of the students who enter each year. The 2017 competition ran from September 2016 to March 2017 with judging…

JCT Interviews…Jane Paddy

In this series we shed some light on some of the key people who are involved with or give their time to support JCT, to ensure that all areas of the construction industry are represented and can contribute to the development of our contracts. We will look at how our interviewees contribute to JCT specifically, and gain their views on JCT’s wider role within the industry. Jane Paddy YPO Member of the JCT Council Member of the JCT Drafting Sub-Committee I qualified as a Fellow of…

JCT Design and Build Contract 2016: Simply Fair

At the time of the government’s consultation on Building a Responsible Payment Culture I commented on the balance between legislative intervention and the freedom to contract. At that time it was debatable whether further legislative intervention in contractual payment was desirable. Other commentators also expressed doubts. However the driver then, which still prevails, was that the payment process still needs improving. Therefore, it is not wholly surprising that we have seen further legislative change and government guidance as regards fair payment, albeit not as extensive…

Is there a blockchain in our future?

The digital transformation of construction rolls onwards, adding yet more ideas. After BIM, GIS, IoT and 3D Printing comes Blockchain. This financial technology (fintech) concept is the power behind Bitcoin, the shadowy cryptocurrency that currently oils the wheels of nefarious businesses across the world. So, why would this be a relevant idea for our industry? I’m not going to attempt to explain how blockchain works, but it essentially allows all parties to a trade to access an incorruptible record of transactions. It allows trust in…

Construction students show their skill in addressing skills in JCT Student Competition 2017

Mirona Tomala, of Oxford Brookes University, has won the JCT Student Competition 2017, with her entry, “Confessions of a female conversion MSc student: an essay addressing the factors contributing to skills shortage in the UK construction industry, focusing on the poor industry awareness and draconian expectations.” The entrants taking the runner-up prizes were Paul Winfield, UCEM, with his essay entitled “Addressing the construction skills shortage: Is education enough? An essay addressing the skills shortage in the UK construction industry, analysing data to encourage the reformation…

JCT celebrates success of latest Edition at Parliamentary Reception

JCT’s Construction Industry Parliamentary Reception, celebrating the success of the release of the JCT 2016 Edition of Contracts was held yesterday (5th May 2017) at the House of Commons, London. Since its launch, the JCT 2016 Edition has been welcomed positively by the industry, with an unprecedented level of sales through the JCT online store, www.jctltd.co.uk. Victoria Peckett, chair of JCT’s Drafting Sub-Committee and head of construction at CMS-Cameron McKenna LLP, addressed guests, identifying three main areas that were important in the creation of the…

Le Petit Fort, Jersey

Le Petit Fort is a private family residence located on the shoreline of St Ouen’s Bay in Jersey. The house has been developed and constructed within the walls of a 20th century fort which has had, along with the surrounding landscape, existing materials, and history, a significant influence on the new building’s design. A winner of the RIBA South East Regional Award 2016 and shortlisted for the 2016 Building Awards, a JCT Intermediate Building Contract was the contract solution. Despite Le Petit Fort’s prominent location…

JCT Design and Build and JCT Standard Building Contracts 2016 – Part II

JCT has published the new edition of 2016 Design and Build Contract in conjunction with the Design and Build Sub-Contract for use with it. The purpose of this note is to outline the principal changes from the previous 2011 edition and answer some frequently asked questions. Part I of this article was published in the February edition of JCT News. How is Loss and Expense for delay dealt with? Section 4 which deals with loss and expense still requires prompt initial notification of claims, or…