Making building contracts work with BIM

Blog authors: Tom Pemberton and Andrew Croft – Beale & Company Solicitors LLP Following the UK government’s well publicised plans to use Building Information Modelling (“BIM”) on all centrally procured public sector projects by April 2016 there has been a real increase in the use of BIM in both the private and public sector. In 2011, the JCT issued its Public Sector Supplement, including amendments facilitating the use of BIM. These amendments, and associated guidance issued by the JCT, were the earliest example of drafting…

Default Payment Notices – avoid ‘smash and grab’ adjudication

Blog authors: David Savage and Andrew Keeley – Charles Russell Speechlys Recent case law has reduced the scope for unwary Employers to defeat ‘smash and grab’ adjudications. As you would expect, the payment terms in the 2011 JCT contracts comply with the statutory payment requirements imposed on the construction industry by the Government. It is increasingly important to understand and strictly comply with these payment terms. For example, under a JCT Design and Build Contract 2011: If a Payment Notice is not given by the…

Integrated Project Insurance – collaboration is the name of the game

Blog author: Kim Vernau – CEO, BLP Insurance When something goes wrong in a construction project, the first question that usually gets asked is, “Whose fault is it?”. The contractor may blame the architect for a design defect by submitting incomplete drawings. The architect may blame the contractor for failing to control their subcontractors. The contractor may blame the professional consultant for failing to properly supervise the works and suppliers. The consultant may blame the employer for late payment of fees. So whose insurance policy…