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White Collar Factory

Derwent London’s latest commercial development, White Collar Factory, combines years of research,lessons learned from well-built historic industrial spaces, and best practice in sustainable modern office design, to deliver a low-cost, low impact, and flexible working environment. A JCT Design and Build Contract provided the contract solution. Located overlooking Old Street roundabout, White Collar Factory is surrounded by the trendy and artistic enclaves of Shoreditch, Hoxton and Clerkenwell in the northern part of the City of London. Home to Tech City, Old Street is a diverse…

JCT Tendering Practice Note 2017: Available Now

JCT has updated its Tendering Practice Note and the latest version, the JCT Tendering Practice Note 2017, is now available from JCT’s online store www.jctltd.co.uk/product/tendering-practice-note 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 practical tool…

‘Going Soft’

We need to be harder on ourselves as an industry and admit that most of our new buildings reach the end of their defects liability period without ever delivering the performance that they promised. BREEAM ratings at design stage do not predict carbon emissions commensurate with the grading. Sometimes, the certificated building burns several times the expected energy consumption. And typically, we don’t go back to analyse the performance, nor the workability of the design for the purpose intended. We move on to the next…

JCT Student Competition 2018 – What Inspires You About Construction?

JCT’s annual Student Competition will be running for 2018, with a number of new features to make the competition more open, creative and easier to enter. The competition will be open for entry in October 2017 and will close in March 2018. As with previous years, the overall winner’s prize will be £1,000, with two runner-up prizes of £250 also available. There will be two aspects to this year’s competition. For the main competition, the topic is “What Inspires You About Construction?”. Candidates may wish…

JCT Interviews…Paul Cowan

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. Paul Cowan Member of the JCT Council Chair of the Construction Dispute Resolution Group Paul is a barrister and…

Ann Bentley to give the JCT Povey Lecture 2017

“Hitting the sweet spot: value for clients delivered by valued suppliers. How small changes in approach to procurement could have a big impact on the construction industry” is the topic of the JCT Povey Lecture 2017, which will be given by Ann Bentley at the Building Centre, London, on Wednesday, 8th November 2017. With over 35 years’ experience in the property and construction industry, working with commercial, public, and third sector clients, Ann Bentley has been a member of Rider Levett Bucknall’s (RLB) Global Board…

“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…