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“What inspires you about construction?” JCT’s student competition offers £1000 prize for the best answer

The JCT Student Competition 2018 is now open for entry, with a £1000 grand prize available for the student who can produce the best answer to what inspires them about construction. The competition asks students about what aspect of the construction industry or process inspires them. They may wish to describe a public building, which could be local or a famous international landmark, and explain what aspects of the building or its construction they find inspiring. Alternatively, they can choose and talk about an element…

JCT releases updated tendering guidance

JCT has updated its Tendering Practice Note and the latest version, the JCT Tendering Practice Note 2017, is now available to pre-order from JCT’s online store, www.jctltd.co.uk. Now in its third edition, the 2017 Practice Note reflects key developments in public sector tendering following the coming into force of The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 and updates the Note generally to reflect current best practice in both public and private sectors. The JCT Tendering Practice Note 2017 is a general guidance document, providing an informative and…

RIBA contract administration packs now available from JCT online store

The RIBA produced Contracts Administration Project Packs and Pads for the JCT 2016 Edition of Contracts are now available to buy from JCT’s online store, www.jctltd.co.uk. The new project packs are a completely up-to-date set of contract administration forms, tailor-made for use on projects let on the JCT 2016 Edition of Contracts, specifically the Standard Building Contract (SBC), Design and Build Contract (DB), Intermediate Building Contract (IC), and Minor Works Building Contract (MW). Each pack contains a comprehensive and sufficient quantity of forms to administer…

Insurance under the Minor Works Building Contract 2016

Introduction Carrying out building works regardless of their size and scope involves risks not only for the builder but the employer. The principal purpose of the building contract is to allocate those risks. That is done by way of the contract terms including the provision of indemnities and requirement for insurances. This note deals with the Minor Works Building Contract 2016 (MW) and Minor Works Building Contract 2016 with contractor’s design 2016 (MWD). It looks first at the insurance provisions dealing with the Works including…

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, London

Since its founding in 1860, Battersea Dogs & Cats Home (BDCH) has cared for more than 3.1 million dogs and cats. Starting in 2014, a major redevelopment of the BDCH site, which sits adjacent to Battersea Power Station, adds not only a new assessment centre and intake kennels, but an eye-catching eight-storey veterinary hospital, training and administration building – creating a landmark facility for the organisation. For a building that needed to house a number of specialist services, and overcome a number of structural and…

JCT Payment Notices: Welcome Guidance from the Court of Appeal

Construction standard form contracts have a great deal to recommend them. Parties to a contract can save time and cost by starting negotiations with an industry recognised set of terms which deals with all the matters that the parties may have to agree. But while a standard form provides a good starting point, it needs to be adapted to meet specific project needs. Parties should take great care when doing this because, as the case of Balfour Beatty Regional Construction Limited v Grove Developments Limited…

JCT Student Competition 2017: Addressing Skills Shortage the Top Priority

Skills shortages was the overwhelming category of choice for students taking part in the JCT Student Competition 2017, with the overall winner and both runners-up providing unique and interesting takes on the topic. Creativity, original tone of voice, and clarity of ideas were all on show, whether using the written word, photography, visual graphics or designs, highlighting the depth of talent and broad range of skills of the students who enter each year. The 2017 competition ran from September 2016 to March 2017 with judging…

JCT Interviews…Jane Paddy

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. Jane Paddy YPO Member of the JCT Council Member of the JCT Drafting Sub-Committee I qualified as a Fellow of…

JCT Design and Build Contract 2016: Simply Fair

At the time of the government’s consultation on Building a Responsible Payment Culture I commented on the balance between legislative intervention and the freedom to contract. At that time it was debatable whether further legislative intervention in contractual payment was desirable. Other commentators also expressed doubts. However the driver then, which still prevails, was that the payment process still needs improving. Therefore, it is not wholly surprising that we have seen further legislative change and government guidance as regards fair payment, albeit not as extensive…

Is there a blockchain in our future?

The digital transformation of construction rolls onwards, adding yet more ideas. After BIM, GIS, IoT and 3D Printing comes Blockchain. This financial technology (fintech) concept is the power behind Bitcoin, the shadowy cryptocurrency that currently oils the wheels of nefarious businesses across the world. So, why would this be a relevant idea for our industry? I’m not going to attempt to explain how blockchain works, but it essentially allows all parties to a trade to access an incorruptible record of transactions. It allows trust in…