16 November 2016

JCT Launches New Edition of its Contracts

The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) is rolling out its new suite of 2016 contracts which include a number of important updates.

Build UK represents its members on the JCT to ensure that the drafting and updating of the contracts remains balanced, fair and reliable for all parties within the industry. The new 2016 suite fully incorporates recent legislative changes as well as updates to reflect current initiatives in fair payment and Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The substantive changes depend on the specific contract but in general they include:

• Incorporation of changes to the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015
• Introduction of specific contract options in relation to BIM and its use in projects
• Reflecting the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter’s commitment to fair payment through the supply chain
• Inclusion of the Public Contract Regulations 2015.

The JCT contract families which now have new 2016 versions include Standard Building, Design and Build, and Minor Works Building.

Build UK members have access to a contractual and legal helpline for any queries in relation to JCT contracts. If you are based in England and Wales please call Wedlake Bell on 0844 249 9871. Members in Scotland can call Anderson Strathern on 0844 249 9872