There is no such thing as concurrency under an NEC Contract!

That is a bold statement isn’t it, but broadly speaking I believe this to be true. It is other forms of contract that use this term, but then not that uncommon for a Client to introduce concurrency as a Z clause to try to incorporate into an NEC contract as a sweeping statement. What does […]

NEC4 Negative float

Negative Float on an NEC Contract Programme

There are many misconceptions about this topic which this blog post will try to clear up. There are some Clients that actually state within their Scope/Works Information that they will “not accept a programme with negative float”, which is actually ridiculous and shows a lack of understanding as to what it shows and what it […]

NEC contract tender programme

Benefits of a programme at tender stage

There are so many good reasons for a Contractor to submit a thoroughly detailed programme at tender stage. Often it will be a tender requirement to do so, and a fair proportion of the tender score may depend upon the quality of the programme submitted. However, even if one is not specifically requested if I […]

Forecast Defined Cost

Clause 63.1 and “actual” versus “forecast” Defined Cost when assessing a compensation event

It appears to be a quite common misconception that if compensation event works have been carried out and the quotation not been agreed, that the quote should be assessed based upon actual cost. This is not correct and could encourage some quite negative behaviours from either party if they thought it may benefit them to […]

NEC4 ECC Top ten clauses

Top ten most important/favourite NEC4 clauses

Someone asked me recently on a training session what is my favourite clause within the contract. I said it was difficult to pick out a single one, but it did get me thinking as to what I considered the most important clauses and why. I have come up with what I believe to be the […]

NEC4 Negative float

Which programme should be used as the “baseline”?

I regularly get asked this question in training sessions. There are two occasions when it will be necessary to compare a programme against a previous one i.e. a previous baseline. The first is when a revised programme is issued for acceptance i.e. what should the new programme be compared to, and the second is for a compensation […]

NEC 4 Professional Services Contract PSC

NEC4 Professional Services Contract – review of changes from NEC3

Here is a review from GMH Planning Ltd of the significant changes within the NEC4 PSC contract compared to that of the NEC3 version. We have not identified every single change, but picked out the main differences that if you are relatively experienced with NEC3 you should know/understand if you are to embark on an […]

NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract

NEC4 ECC and ECSC guides to key differences

We have just published the first of our free guides as to a detailed clause by clause review of the changes introduced within the NEC4 versions of the Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) and the Engineering and Construction Short Contract (ECSC). We hope you find these useful! Watch out later in the month for similar […]

A warm welcome to NEC4, but there is an elephant in the room

Yesterday I along with a few hundred others attended the official launch of NEC4. This is a very welcome development as like anything NEC needs to keep pace with new ideas or better ways of doing things. NEC4 brings some great new changes, pondering over others, but most importantly from my perspective frustrated that one […]

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NEC4 Overview Workshop – 12th July 2017

We have scheduled our first NEC4 Overview workshop for Wednesday 12th July in central London so you will be among the first people to see and discuss the new contracts in detail. This is a public session so you will join other people from the industry which always makes for a very useful session from […]

BuiltIntelligence NEC People 20th June Conference Agenda

NEC3 Conference agenda 2017 (final version)   We are very excited to announce our finalised agenda for our Built Intelligence NEC People conference on Tuesday 20th June, We have an excellent balance of speakers and interactive sessions for those who attend and the full agenda is attached below. Invites are already out to speakers, sponsors […]

Why would we consider running a project without a dedicated planning resource?

We all know how essential under NEC3 contracts the programme is. There is a much more stringent requirement on what a programme should include, and that the programme is to be formally accepted by the Project Manager. There is then the requirement for this programme to be regularly updated and again accepted (or rejected) which […]