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Climate Contracting for the Construction Industry

Blog Author: Becky Annison – Director of Engagement, The Chancery Lane Project The opportunity: It is estimated that the built environment contributes 39% of global greenhouse gas emissions, with the operation (energy consumption) of buildings responsible for 28% and the embodied carbon associated with the materials and construction process throughout the whole building life cycle accounting for 11%. The construction industry is also notorious for its tight profit margins and onerous risk allocations, with precious little room to manoeuvre. However, it is an industry with…

Coming soon – JCT Training Video Modules

JCT is adding to its expanding range of JCT Training services with a new range of video modules, accessible via the JCT website. The current range of JCT Training includes face-to-face training day sessions, and our popular range of 3-hour, interactive webinar sessions. The Training Video Modules will provide an alternative service, for those looking for smaller, easier to access chunks – ideal for brushing up on a certain area of a contract over a lunch break. About JCT Training Video Modules Ideal for those…

Keith Waller to give JCT Povey Lecture 2021

‘How can value based decisions drive construction’s transformation?’  will be the topic of the JCT Povey Lecture 2021, presented by Keith Waller, programme director of the Construction Innovation Hub. Value is one of the four core themes of the Construction Innovation Hub’s transformation programme, whose mission is to ‘create better outcomes for current and future generations by driving the adoption of manufacturing and digital approaches that improve the delivery, resilience and performance of infrastructure’. Keith Waller’s presentation will explore how value based decision making that…

JCT Home Owner Contracts 2021 Edition launched

JCT has launched the latest edition of its contracts for Home Owners, JCT Home Owner Contracts 2021. The new edition of the contracts includes the Building Contract for a Home Owner/Occupier who has not appointed a consultant to oversee the work (HO/B) 2021 and the Building Contract and Consultancy Agreement for a Home Owner/Occupier (HO/C and HO/CA) 2021. For the first time, the Home Owner contracts are available via the JCT On Demand digital service. Users will be able to purchase their contract via the…

Back to the future: JCT’s 90-year history provides platform for next generation of digital contracts

2021 marks the 90th year since the formation of JCT. 1931 was in many respects a ground-breaking year for the construction industry. Whilst mention of the use of standard forms of construction contract goes back to the 19th Century, the creation of JCT formally recognised the need within the building industry for a standard process of entering into a contract that minimised the outlay of costly bespoke provisions, fairly apportioned risk, and included benchmark sets of provisions that reflected precedent. Such was this cultural shift…

JCT updates digital Covid-19 hub

JCT has created a Covid-19 hub online containing information resources for construction professionals and contracting parties who are considering the impact of Covid-19 on their existing projects or are preparing contract documents for new projects. The situation with Covid-19 has been changing and moving rapidly as the wider implications on the industry are being considered from a legal perspective. The content, which contains articles from JCT and relevant content from other industry bodies, aims to keep construction professionals up-to-date with useful information. The content featured…

JCT announces autumn 2021 training dates

JCT has released the latest batch of dates for the autumn series of JCT Training Online courses, continuing to offer training on core contracts from the JCT 2016 Edition. The dates for October/November 2021 include courses on the JCT Design and Build Contract 2016, JCT Intermediate Building Contract 2016, and JCT Minor Works Building Contract 2016. The contract-specific courses provide an in-depth look at their respective forms and variants, enabling participants to learn about setting out the contract and what provisions are included. The aim…

JCT Interview…Steve Medhurst

In the JCT Interviews… series we shine the spotlight on some of the key people who are involved with or give their time to support JCT, showing the diverse range of disciplines across the construction industry that our members represent and the collaborative work that contributes to the development of our contracts. We look at how our interviewees contribute to JCT specifically and gain their views on the wider industry and JCT’s role within it. Steve Medhurst member, JCT Drafting Sub-Committee member, JCT Council Steve…

‘Parkside’ – Imperial War Museum HQ, London

The Imperial War Museum’s (IWM) new office headquarters, known as Parkside, combines cutting edge offsite construction and the latest in architectural design to deliver a high-performance building with traditional touches that respect its local surroundings. The building provides a new hub for the IWM to continue its mission to improve public understanding of war and conflict through its exhibitions, events, and programming. A JCT Design and Build Contract was the form of choice. Parkside is a three-storey modular block that provides office space for the…

Grenfell and the Draft Building Safety Bill

Blog Author: Michael Haste – Director, Pascall+Watson  Since the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017 we have within the construction industry started to see a number of important developments that will ultimately re-shape our industry for many years to come. These will have far-reaching consequences on many of us but may have limited impact on others, but all should expect to see change of one form or another. Grenfell should never have happened and the fact that it did will remain for many years…