22 June is notable as chocolate éclair day, onion rings
day and now, following today's announcement by the NEC
Contracts board, it will go down in history as NEC4 day!
The NEC Contracts board has announced that a new suite of NEC
contracts known as "NEC4" will be made available on 22
June 2017. For those who are not sure what all the fuss is about,
NEC is a family of construction contracts originally introduced in
1993 with the aims of providing a new approach, prioritising plain
language and stimulating good project management. The contracts are
widely used and aim to accommodate minor works all the way up to
major framework agreements. The current edition, NEC3, which will
be well-known to many readers, was launched in 2005 and last
updated in 2013. NEC3 was the form of construction contract used
for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, amongst other
The introduction of NEC4 aims to:
bring the NEC contracts in line with current best practice and
user and industry best practice learnings;
support innovation through digital advances and encourage
collaboration across the world;
provide increased flexibility in each contract and NEC suite;
provide better value, greater certainty and improved
The NEC website provides an overview of the
contracts that will be available from 22 June 2017 in the new NEC4
suite. We await their publication with interest.
As well as introducing NEC4 equivalents to the existing suite of
contracts – notably the Engineering and Construction Contract
and the associated Subcontracts – highlights of NEC4 will
include two brand new contracts, namely a new Design, Build and
Operate Contract (DBO) and a consultative Alliance Contract
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