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JCT Contracts and the Construction Playbook – new article available

Following the publication of the Construction Playbook by HM Government in December 2020, JCT has made available an article, ‘JCT Contracts meeting the objectives of the Construction Playbook’, which provides an analysis on how users wishing to comply with the Playbook’s objectives can do so within the current JCT suite of contracts. The Construction Playbook is a guidance document aimed at professionals across public sector bodies who are responsible for the planning and delivery of public work programmes and projects. The document sets out 14…

JCT Contracts Meeting the Objectives of the Construction Playbook

The Construction Playbook HM Government published The Construction Playbook, Government Guidance (Guidance) on sourcing and contracting public works projects and programmes in December 2020. That guidance, although developed through a collaboration of the public and private sectors, is principally concerned with the public sector building and infrastructure programmes. Nevertheless, it also can be applied, in part, to the private sector. The public sector is defined as central government, including arm’s length bodies, which must either comply or explain any divergence from the Guidance. The wider…

Chair’s Letter: Better Information Management

Blog Author: Richard Saxon, CBE Readers may be familiar with my interest in Building Information Modelling or BIM. Since the turn of the century I have been involved with the concept, helping to spur the government to make it their policy to mandate its use. In 2012 I was commissioned to produce a report for what is now BEIS on ‘BIM for Growth’, the potential effect on economic growth of the uptake of BIM in the UK. I became ‘UK BIM Ambassador for Growth’ in…

JCT Povey Lecture 2020 – Webinar Reaches Widest JCT Audience to Date

“Safety in Numbers: Resilience and Certainty Through Data” was the topic of the 2020 JCT Povey Lecture, presented by Dr Damien Buie, group technical director at Laing O’Rourke, on Wednesday, 18 November 2020. The JCT Povey Lecture was broadcast live as a webinar for the first time, in light of the restrictions in place due to Covid-19. Attendees were able to register in advance via the event website and the interactive online interface enabled questions and comments to be submitted in real time. With over…

Assessing the Draft Building Safety Bill

Blog Author: Michael O’Connor – Partner, Charles Russell Speechlys LLP Taken with various accompanying measures relating to building safety – such as the Fire Safety Bill currently passing through Parliament, various changes to the Building Regulations and the establishment of funds for the replacement of both ACM and Non-ACM cladding and the cost of waking watches, worth £1.6bn – there is no doubt that the measures comprise the most wide-ranging reforms in building safety for 40 years. Building Safety Regulator Initially confirmed by the Government…

JCT Training Online – Flexible Learning Options for JCT Contract Users

JCT has developed a new package of online training to sit alongside its traditional, face-to-face courses. The programme aims to provide more flexibility for contract users following the restrictions and wider working implications of the Covid-19 pandemic. The scheme started on the 26 November 2020, where two courses, “JCT Design and Build Contract 2016” and “JCT Contracts 2016: The Legal Perspective”, were delivered as live, interactive webinars. The new digital JCT Training comes from the same expert trainers as the physical courses – all either…

Construction’s New Playbook

Blog Author: Richard Saxon CBE – JCT Chair You may not know that I have been a long-time fan of American Football. The game is sometimes called ‘violent chess’ as it’s based on pre-planned ‘plays’ by one side’s offence team and the other’s defence team. The plays are radioed into the quarterback, the leader of the offence, by a coach on the side-line and the whole team must remember the moves implied by the coded name of the play, then execute it flawlessly. All the…

Brixton Windmill Community Centre

London’s last surviving working mill gets an upgrade with a new community centre, built on a JCT Intermediate Contract. The new community centre at Brixton Windmill has been a project many years in the planning for the Friends of Windmill Hill (FoWH), which was completed last year with funding from Lambeth Council. The charity is responsible for the preservation and maintenance of the Grade II listed windmill, the last remaining working flour mill in London. The brief for the new community centre was to provide…

JCT Interviews…Victoria Peckett

Partner, head of construction, CMS-CMNO Chair, JCT Drafting Sub-Committee In a special edition of ‘JCT Interviews…’, we talk once again with Victoria Peckett, chair of the JCT Drafting Sub-Committee (DSC), to update us on JCT’s current work and what we can expect from the next edition of the JCT contract suite. JCT: Victoria, thanks for joining us again. You are about to embark on your next term as chair of the DSC. What do you find enjoyable/rewarding about the role, what are the biggest challenges?…

JCT Young Professionals Group

A focus group within JCT for professionals within the first ten years of their career, as well as students, whose members are interested in elevating their professional profile, expanding their industry network and connecting with peers, and giving back to the industry through fostering a long-term engagement with JCT. A platform for young professionals across different sectors of the industry to network and share experiences and ideas in an informal way. A link between young professionals and industry experts for the sharing of knowledge and…