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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…

Withdrawal of JCT 2011: information for JCT users

Following the launch of the JCT 2016 Edition of Contracts, the JCT 2011 Edition will now start to be withdrawn.  The following information outlines the process for withdrawing JCT 2011 contracts depending on the product format: JCT On Demand users JCT contracts will no longer be available to purchase via JCT’s On Demand service after 30 April 2017. This is ahead of a change to the JCT On Demand service at the end of June 2017. Find out more about the change to JCT’s On Demand…

JCT Minor Works 2016: payment made easy

Our latest JCT 2016 Edition blog explains the new payment process in the JCT Minor Works Building Contract… The interim payment process need not be difficult. Actually, it is quite straightforward under the JCT framework for payment, which complies with the requirements of legislation and reflects the fair payment charter. An easy way to understand the process is to recognise that the Interim Valuation Date (a defined term in the contract), which also applies to JCT sub-contracts and sub-sub contracts, is the key factor in…

JCT Minor Works 2016: insurance provisions

Our latest JCT 2016 Edition blog looks at the insurance provisions in the Minor Works Building Contract… The JCT Minor Works Building Contract (Minor Works) is designed for smaller, basic construction projects where the work is of a simple nature. Accordingly, the insurance provisions are shorter and simpler than those in contracts such as the JCT Design and Build Contract. However, it is still very important to carefully consider the insurance provisions contained in Section 5 of the contract and ensure that they meet the…

Judging panel announced for JCT Student Competition 2017

The judging panel for the JCT Student Competition 2017 has been announced, comprising experts from the education, law, media, and professional practice sectors within the construction industry. The competition focuses on creativity and finding innovative solutions to address a range of industry topics and issues. Students can enter their submissions in any format they choose – it could be a video, design or drawing, photographic essay, or traditional essay. Categories for this year’s competition included skills shortages, sustainability, collaboration, BIM, technology, and health and wellbeing….

Skills Shortage

Blog Author: Christine Townley – Executive Director, Construction Youth Trust It’s been well known in the industry for many years that we are facing a skills shortage caused by an ageing construction workforce and the return to economic growth. It’s vital that the industry plans for the future and secures the talent and skills needed, so that it has recruited effectively for the workforce of tomorrow. There is a lack of young people coming into the industry to sustain it at the moment – only…

Will We Ever Collaborate?

Blog author: Richard Saxon CBE, JCT Chairman 2016 was another year in which insightful reports were published castigating the UK construction industry for its dysfunction and making recommendations that may or may not ever be acted upon. The recent much publicised Farmer Review: ‘Modernise or Die’, was preceded by ‘Collaborative Construction: More myth than reality?’, produced by Pinsent Masons. Mark Farmer joined the December meeting of JCT Council to discuss his report’s implications for contracts. The Collaborative Construction report is the result of a wide…

Obtaining Planning Consent – What is Your Responsibility?

Blog authors: Emily Dickson and Emily Pittaway – BLP Law Securing planning consent is a fundamental first step for any development project. Where a building contract does not expressly oblige either party to apply for or obtain planning consent, or other project specific approvals such as conservation area or listed building consent, who bears this responsibility? This is an important issue, particularly in circumstances where such consents are not obtained in time for the works to start. If responsibility falls on the employer, then the contractor…

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

Blog Author: Suzanne Reeves – Partner, Wedlake Bell JCT Design and Build 2016 Contract 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. In summary, these are: Introduction of common “Interim Valuation Dates” which will apply throughout the contract chain including at sub-contract and sub-sub-contract tiers. Introduction of…

JCT Interviews…Christopher J Probyn Miers

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. CHRISTOPHER J PROBYN MIERS JCT Council Member Member of the JCT Drafting Sub-Committee Christopher Miers is an architect expert…