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Chairman’s Letter: “The Question of Quality”

Blog Author: Richard Saxon CBE When a construction client signs a contract to deliver a project, they usually have three targets in mind: to deliver the required facility on budget, on time and to required quality. Cost and Time have proved relatively manageable, with objective evidence and increasingly clever tools with which to manage. Quality has never been so simple. There is a perceived degree of subjectivity about it and it is quite hard to monitor the progress of work to ensure that all standards…

Insurance and JCT Contracts

Blog Author: Dave Cahill – Senior Partner, Divisional Business Development Leader, JLT Speciality Limited Introduction The construction industry has returned to the headlines recently with the fires at the Glasgow School of Art and the London Mandarin Oriental Hotel. These incidents occurred either during or immediately after refurbishment works. Thankfully the losses were restricted to property damage and disruption with no loss of life. Nonetheless these events do serve as a powerful reminder of the different risks presented when working in existing structures. The JCT suite…

JCT Training – Book Your Place on Our 2019 Courses

Our range of JCT Training courses are available to book for 2019. We have added new dates for the full range of our courses, including: JCT Contracts 2016 – The Legal Perspective JCT Intermediate Building Contract 2016 JCT Standard Building Contract 2016 JCT Minor Works Building Contract 2016 JCT Design and Build Contract 2016 Deciding on the appropriate JCT contract 2016 For 2019 we also have a brand new course…JCT Sub-Contracts 2016. JCT Training is the most in-depth, detailed and authoritative training package on JCT…

JCT Interviews…Suzanne Reeves

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. Partner, Head of Construction, Wedlake Bell Member of the JCT Drafting Sub-Committee Suzanne heads up the Construction team at…

70 St Mary Axe “The Can of Ham”

70 St Mary Axe, otherwise known as “The Can of Ham” due to its recognisable curved design, is the latest high-rise to join an increasingly visually competitive City skyline. Prizing open the lid reveals some unique features and a design that demanded absolute precision in its construction to ensure its success. A JCT Design and Build Contract provided the contract solution. The Can of Ham, designed by Foggo Associates, is a collaboration between contractor Mace and client/developer TH Real Estate. The 21-storey, 28,000m² tower, provides…

JCT chair’s ‘Going Digital’ BIM guide for clients published

‘Going Digital: A guide for construction clients, building owners and their advisers’, authored by JCT chair, Richard Saxon CBE, has been published by the UK BIM Alliance. Richard Saxon, who originally published the book ‘BIM for Construction Clients’ in 2016, has revisited the topic to further update and simplify it, providing this new, eight-step, plain language guide that enables construction clients and building owners to see the long-term value of a shift to a digital way of working, and to take practical measures within their…

Technology, governance and image essential to meet future infrastructure challenges

Embracing technology – in particular the power of data, concentrating on whole-life cycle sustainable outcomes, fostering a new culture through smart governance, and promoting the industry through positive projects are key to meeting the construction and infrastructure challenges of the future, according to Richard Threlfall, Head of Global Infrastructure, KPMG, addressing construction industry delegates at the sixteenth annual JCT Povey Lecture on Thursday, 8th November 2018. Richard Threlfall showed in his presentation, “Collaborative, Connected and Cool: How technology and governance could transform the impact, efficiency…

JCT Povey Lecture 2018 – Collaborative, Connected and Cool: How technology and governance could transform the impact, efficiency and image of the construction industry

JCT Povey Lecture 2018 “Collaborative, Connected and Cool: How technology and governance could transform the impact, efficiency and image of the construction industry” Richard Threlfall, Partner, Global Head of Infrastructure, KPMG Download presentation Download transcript About the Povey Lecture The JCT Povey Lecture is an annual event at which an eminent person is invited to give their thoughts on significant matters that are relevant to the construction and property industry. The purpose of the lecture is to stimulate thought and encourage ways of continuing to…

Richard Threlfall to give the JCT Povey Lecture 2018

Richard Threlfall, Partner and Global Head of Infrastructure, KPMG, will give the JCT Povey Lecture 2018, “Connected, Collaborative and Cool: How technology and governance could transform the impact, efficiency and image of the construction industry”, at the Local Government Association, London, on Thursday 8th November 2018. Richard has over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure policy, governance, strategy and financing, advising both public and private sector clients in the UK and overseas. He began his career as a civil servant at the UK Department for Transport…

Everyone Wins When Open Book Is Truly Open

Blog Author: James Green, Pellings When all parties play fairly, open book procurement can be a positive experience for the whole project team, as consultant Pellings, architect PRP and contractor Bouygues found on a recent housing scheme in Kent. Open book procurement has its supporters and detractors, with the latter often claiming that contractors are up to no good, or manipulating the process. But if all parties play the game fairly, the experience should only be positive. That has been the experience of Pellings, working…