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Last edited 11 Jan 2022
In particular the phrase is used in relation to the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) Minor Works Building Contract. This contract follows the traditional procurement route, where first the design is completed, and then a contractor is appointed to construct the works. JCT do not set a limit for the minor works building contract in terms of value, but typically it will be used on projects of less than £250,000.
It can be used for projects where:
- The project is fairly simple.
- The project should last no more than 12 months.
- The client is responsible for procuring the design, including drawings, a specification, or work schedules.
- Or the contractor is responsible for designing specific parts of the works (Minor Works Building Contract with contractor’s design).
It is not suitable where:
- The project is more complex.
- The project design includes bills of quantities.
- The project has detailed control procedures.
- The project has multiple phases or sections.
- There are provisions to govern work carried out by named specialists.
The JCT Minor Works Building Contract is more straight forward to administer than many other forms of contract, however, the parties will still need to be very clear of their obligations and liabilities and the risks that they are accepting. Generally the client’s architect or contract administrator will administer the contract.
Other standard forms of minor works contract are available. The New Engineering Contract (NEC) states that its contracts can be used for minor works, and the Federation of Master Builders publishes a freely available suite of minor works contracts.
NB Safety at Street Works and Road Works, A Code of Practice, published by Department for Transport in October 2013, defines minor works as: ‘works with a planned duration of three days of less, excluding immediate or major works.’
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