Technology, governance and image essential to meet future infrastructure challenges

Embracing technology – in particular the power of data, concentrating on whole-life cycle sustainable outcomes, fostering a new culture through smart governance, and promoting the industry through positive projects are key to meeting the construction and infrastructure challenges of the future, according to Richard Threlfall, Head of Global Infrastructure, KPMG, addressing construction industry delegates at the sixteenth annual JCT Povey Lecture on Thursday, 8th November 2018. Richard Threlfall showed in his presentation, “Collaborative, Connected and Cool: How technology and governance could transform the impact, efficiency…

Richard Threlfall to give the JCT Povey Lecture 2018

Richard Threlfall, Partner and Global Head of Infrastructure, KPMG, will give the JCT Povey Lecture 2018, “Connected, Collaborative and Cool: How technology and governance could transform the impact, efficiency and image of the construction industry”, at the Local Government Association, London, on Thursday 8th November 2018. Richard has over 25 years’ experience in infrastructure policy, governance, strategy and financing, advising both public and private sector clients in the UK and overseas. He began his career as a civil servant at the UK Department for Transport…

81–87 Weston Street, London

Solidspace’s Tetris-style mansion apartment building at 81–87 Weston Street in Bermondsey, London, is the result of a 10-year collaboration between the developer and architect firm, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM). Defined as ‘slow architecture’, the time taken to develop the design and the approach, using finely crafted and bespoke materials, brings an elegance that redefines brutalism for the 21st century. A JCT Major Project Construction Contract provided the contract solution. 81–87 Weston Street epitomises Solidspace’s development speciality—finding gap sites and pocket sites, which are challenging…

JCT Interviews…Peter Barnes

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. Director, Blue Sky ADR Ltd Member of the JCT Council Member of the JCT Drafting Sub-Committee Member of the…

Nigerian construction industry modernises by adopting updated JCT contracts

The Nigerian construction industry is adopting up-to-date editions of JCT contracts as part of an initiative to modernise and adopt best practice. JCT contracts (albeit much earlier editions) have been adapted for use in Nigeria for some time, however this new initiative, spearheaded by the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (NIQS), aims to put a more formal process in place for the adoption of current JCT contracts and provide the Nigerian construction industry with training, advice and guidance about the up-to-date JCT editions and current…

L-R: JCT chair, Richard Saxon CBE, Eddie Hughes MP, JCT chief executive, Neil Gower

JCT celebrates range of new digital services at parliamentary reception

JCT announced a major new development for the way construction contracts will be prepared in the digital age, with the launch of a range of new online contract services at their annual Construction Industry Parliamentary Reception, at the House of Commons on Wednesday 23rd May 2018. Many JCT customers will already be familiar with JCT’s On Demand service, which enables users to complete their contracts online in a seamless, online environment using an interactive Q&A process. JCT were today able to announce that a full…

Met Office and JCT team up to provide new weather services for construction industry

The Met Office and JCT have launched a new range of weather services designed specifically to assist in project planning and post-project analysis. The products will work in conjunction with the weather clauses in the JCT suite of contracts. Two new products, Location Based Monthly Planning Averages and Location Based Downtime Summaries, provide project teams with trusted information to inform scheduling, design refinements and budget in the planning stage. They also deliver accurate information to aid resolution of disputes and requests for extension of time….

“Procure for better value, be more transparent, and get the basics right”

Ann Bentley gives the JCT Povey Lecture 2017: Smarter procurement, including expanding the definition of ‘value’, being more transparent in terms of best practice, and getting key basics right – particularly in regard to Fair Payment – were the key messages given to JCT delegates in a presentation by Ann Bentley, at the JCT Povey Lecture held at The Building Centre, London, on Wednesday 8th November. The subject of Ann Bentley’s lecture was to describe the work she has been doing in her role on…

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…