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Is offsite the answer?

The construction industry is heading for the buffers. Capacity is draining out as skilled tradesmen retire and few enter as apprentices. The go-to supply of EU migrant tradesmen is likely to be restricted soon and is already less interested as the pound falls. Construction quality is poor in the housebuilding world. Mark Farmer’s message: Modernise or Die, which I quoted in my last newsletter, is clear that a major move to offsite construction is needed to keep the industry from decline. The proponents of offsite…

Judging Panel Announced for JCT Student Competition 2017

JCT’s Student Competition continues for 2017, focusing on creativity and finding innovative solutions to address a range of industry topics and issues. Categories for this year’s competition included skills shortages, sustainability, collaboration, BIM, technology, and health and wellbeing. Students can enter their submissions in any format they choose – it could be a video, design or drawing, photographic essay, traditional essay – as long as the idea is creative and original, the competition is designed to be flexible to allow students to form their answer…

JCT Interviews…Marc Hanson

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. Marc Hanson Member of the JCT Council Chair of the Performance Bond Working Group Marc Hanson is a partner and Head…

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 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…