New contract will address gaps in market

New contract for use on complex projects is “intended for parties who wish to finish a project on time and on budget”

The new form of contract drafted by the Chartered Institute will address gaps in the current market.

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A new form of contract drafted by the Chartered Institute of Building will address a gap in the current scope of contracts by dealing with time, programming and BIM issues.

The UK-originated Complex Projects Contract, which is about to enter its final draft phase, focuses on time and programme management and also addresses the use of BIM in projects.

“There is a gap in the market because none of the standard forms of contract deal adequately with the issue of programming and time management. The NEC 3 is a possible exception to that but is not widely applied in the region,” said Hill International’s Steve Briggs during a CIOB masterclass held in Dubai on November 5.

Sharing observations of “grounds for concern” over the effective management of time using network based programming on construction projects, the CIOB invested five years in developing a standardisation framework and resulting contract to embrace that.

The contract as it currently stands was released for consultation in Q2 this year and is about to be re-drafted incorporating changes, “any day now”, said Briggs.

The document defines complex projects as anything in the UK or overseas; public or private sector; in building, engineering, turnkey, design build partnerships or traditional.

It was drafted by PPCIOB Keith Pickavance, executive consultant at Hill International, his brother Roy Pickavance FCIOB, director of consultant DAQS and an expert in delay analysis, and Nick Lane, partner and head of construction at solicitor Olswang.

It is the first such contract to be drafted by CIOB, but not without controversy, Briggs commented.

“It is the first standard form to be fully compatible with BIM. It’s also committed to time management and is fully compatible with the CIOB Time Management guide,” Briggs said.

“There will always be scope for disputes but there is room in the market for a contract that deals inherently with the issues of programming and time,” he added.

A full explanation of the contract will be published on next week.

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