Last edited 11 Feb 2021

Constructing Excellence contract

The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) was formed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in 1931 when the first JCT standard form of building contract was issued. It now produces a range of standard forms of contract for the construction of buildings accompanied by guidance notes and other standard forms of documentation.

In March 2007, the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) launched a Constructing Excellence contract (JCT-CE), specifically tailored for use in partnering and where participants adopt collaborative and integrated working practices.

Constructing Excellence was one of a number of cross-industry bodies established to drive change in response to the Latham Report (Constructing the Team, 1994) and the Egan Report (Rethinking Construction, 1998). In 2016, Constructing Excellence 'merged' with BRE (Building Research Establishment).

JCT-CE can be used throughout the supply chain, for appointing main contractors, sub-contractors and consultants, and for procuring a range of construction services. It can be used on both private and public sector projects.

In terms of suppliers, the contract can be used regardless of whether or not the supplier is to supply the design or (if they are contractor or consultant), regardless of how much design input they have.

Works can be carried out in sections, and either target cost or lump sum methods can be used.

The idea behind the contract is that it encourages and underpins collaborative working and the formation of integrated teams. It provides for the use of a risk register, risk allocation schedules and key performance indicators (KPIs).

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