In 2016, a survey of nearly 1,000 UK construction businesses confirmed that the New Engineering Contract (NEC), Engineer and Construct Contract (ECC) was now the most popular procurement route for clients as it continued to increase its market share against other standard forms.
The NEC is endorsed as the contract of choice by the UK Government Construction Strategy as well as by the Construction Clients’ Board, the Crown Commercial Service, the Facilities Management Board of the UK Cabinet Office, the Association for Project Management and the British Institute of Facilities Management.
While the NEC is inherently a collaborative contract, it also comes with more stringent contractual obligations and notices than other standard forms such as JCT or FIDIC. It is extremely important that the user understands all of the contractual obligations and also the liabilities that are created when these are not managed correctly. Should early warning notices or compensations events not be notified in accordance with the contract there are financial sanctions. Failure to submit regular programmes also carries penalties. Irretrievable delays are caused when programmes are not maintained, and disputes inevitably follow.
Rowfield’s Consultants have many years’ of experience working the NEC2/3/4 ECC. Our services ensure that your interests are managed in a manner consistent with the true spirit of the contract – collaboration and contemporaneous contractual management. This approach ensures that commercial matters do not lag or accumulate, relationships are maintained and your commercial benefit is sustained whether you are a Client or Contractor.
Rowfield can provide designated Project Managers, Supervisors, Quantity Surveyors and Project Planners to your organisation, or simply assist you on a piecemeal basis.
Rowfield are a firm of Chartered Quantity Surveyors that provide commercial management, dispute resolution and project support services to the construction industry.