Last edited 23 Apr 2019

Programme narrative

A programme is a tool that can be used to divide works into a series of activities, each with a duration and logic links to preceding and succeeding activities. The programme may be depicted as a Gantt chart, line of balance diagram, pure logic diagram, time-scaled logic diagram or time-chainage diagram.

Within the NEC Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC), the ‘accepted programme’, is accepted by the project manager and should be a practicable and realistic representation of when the contractor intends to carry out each part of the works, identifying the resource they intend to use.

The programme narrative is a written explanation of the assumptions underlying the accepted programme (or the updated programme), its key resources, sequencing restraints, critical path, risks, exclusions, exceptions, and execution strategy.

Ref The Society of Construction Law Delay and Disruption Protocol, 2nd edition, published in February 2017 by the Society of Construction Law (UK).

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