Raven’s Enclosure, Tower of London

Legend has it that the kingdom will fall should the ravens ever leave the Tower of London. It was extra important therefore to provide a safe and comfortable new habitat for the iconic birds – one that was sensitive to its historic environment and enhanced their role as a visitor attraction. With a careful and collaborative approach required, the JCT – Constructing Excellence Contract provided the contract solution. The ravens of the Tower of London are an important part of British cultural folklore and history,…

Wilton’s Music Hall

A JCT Standard Building Contract was behind the curtain at Wilton’s Music Hall – a conservation project of such sensitivity that the works behind the scenes were vital to keeping this piece of East End history as authentic as possible… For local Stepney residents, and the wider theatre-going community, Wilton’s Music Hall is a treasure – one of only very few purpose-built music halls, built in London from the 1830s, to have survived in anything like its original form. Since its reopening as a concert…

Harlech Castle

Any building project has its unique complexities and a project which includes renovation and refurbishment, new-build construction, and the implementation of a variety of sustainable and energy saving techniques, is no exception. But in the case of Harlech Castle in Gwenedd, Wales, the former had to be achieved in a building, next to a scheduled ancient monument, on a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in a conservation area on the edge of a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), within a National Park. A JCT Standard…

Twerton Mill

The recently completed 7,500m2 Twerton Mill development offers 327 premium student living units, located on a site steeped in industrial heritage and within a popular student and local residential area. Built by Midas Construction Limited, the project was commissioned to tackle an accommodation shortage across the city, where the rising student presence has contributed to 67% of population growth within recent years. Based on a challenging site, the use of the JCT 2011 Design and Build contract provided a good balance of cost certainty with…

Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester

With a clutch of awards, including a RIBA National Award 2015, the 2015 Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year, and shortlisted for the RIBA Sterling prize, the extension to the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester is a masterpiece of transparency and integration with its exterior parkland space. A JCT Standard Building Contract provided the contract solution. The University of Manchester’s Whitworth Gallery first opened in 1908, and was designed by J.W. Beaumont. The north-south facing façade is the original red brick and terracotta, neo-Jacobean…

1-6 Copper Lane

The client-driven community housing development, 1-6 Copper Lane, is an innovative and highly collaborative solution to the problem of finding affordable housing in London. As with many innovative and inspirational projects JCT was the contract of choice, the Intermediate Building Contract provided the solution here. 1-6 Copper Lane is London’s first purpose-built co-housing scheme. Located in Stoke Newington, in the north of the city, the development consists of six homes that approach lifestyle choice and economics in such a way to make home ownership more…

iCon, Daventry

iCon, Daventry

The iCon building in Daventry was the first in the UK to use JCT’s sustainability guidance published in our guidance note, Building a sustainable future together. The £7 million 4,000m2 building was constructed under a JCT Design and Build contract, incorporating new sustainability clauses. The building is a leading example of energy efficiency and sustainable design in its own right, but coupled with the use of the sustainability provisions, it is also a demonstration of best practice in sustainable construction. Following the sustainability theme, the…

VOSA, Bristol

VOSA, Bristol

The Vehicle Operator and Services Agency’s (VOSA) £5.8m heavy goods vehicle testing centre outside Bristol This is the first project constructed in the UK using the JCT-Constructing Excellence (JCT/CE) contract. Developed by JCT in collaboration with Constructing Excellence, the contract promotes collaborative and integrated working, providing a single contract form to regulate all the relationships involved in a project. It makes the delivery of a project the joint mission of the entire project team. “Wow, we finally have a contract that is small, in plain…

Hampton Court, Surrey

Hampton Court, Surrey

Historic Royal Palaces (HRP) has decided to use the JCT Constructing Excellence Contract (JCT-CE) for its building conservation and improvements programme. HRP is using the contract together with the JCT-CE Project Team Agreement and is in the pilot year of a three-year programme of works. HRP is one of a growing list of clients embracing collaboration and adopting the JCT – Constructing Excellence Contract to achieve its objectives. HRP chose JCT – Constructing Excellence because of the way it integrates the team, the way it…

The Gherkin, London

The Gherkin, London

One of London’s most recognisable landmarks, 30 St Mary Axe (affectionately called “the Gherkin”) was built under a JCT contract. The 76,400 square metres project was commissioned by Swiss Re to replace the Baltic Exchange, which had been damaged by an IRA bomb in 1992. When planners realised the Exchange could not be recovered, they agreed to consider plans that were architecturally significant and unique. They sought an innovative, functional building that would not be too imposing on the traditionally narrow London streetscape. The Gherkin…