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NEC3 - The New Engineering Contract Engineering and Construction Contract NEC ECC

The NEC was launched by the ICE in 1993 with the 2 nd Edition in 1995 and the 3 rd edition in 2005. It is now the most widely used contract in UK civil engineering. It is often used by government departments such as the Highways Agency and by local authorities. It has been used on major projects and procurement initiatives such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Heathrow T5, NHS Procure 21 and the Eden Project.

Typical contracts within the NEC ECC family

  • Priced Contract

With Activity Schedule or Bill of Quantities (Main Options A or B)

  • Target Cost Contract

With Activity Schedule or Bill of Quantities ( Main Options C or D)

  • Cost Reimbursable Contract

Main Option E

  • Management Contract

Main Option F

  • Short Contract

Suitable for small and simple projects.

  • Framework Contract
  • Sub Contracts

For use with Main Options A to F and the Short Contract.

  • Professional Services Contract

For use by Employer, Contractor or Sub-contractor when employing professionals such as design consultants.

  • Adjudicator Contract

Current News / Changes:

NEC3 was launched on 14 July. The ICE claim that new features and new contracts will enable the NEC to be applied even more effectively across a wider range of projects.

Articles published buy AAL

The JCT Major Project Form - 2003 Edition
Is the Project Manager under the ECC (NEC) Form of Contract an Independent Certifier?

Whose contract is it anyway?
Court of Appeal warns of failure to mediate


The Civil Procedure Rules – An Outline of Part I of the Practice Direction for Arbitration

A Comparison between the ICC Arbitration Rules and the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules


The Be Collaborative Contract

To be, or not to be [a contract] that is the question?

The Construction and Engineering Pre-Action Protocol and Pre-Action Disclosure of Documents

Privileged, Without Prejudice, and Without Prejudice Save As to Costs documents.

Does acceptance of repudiation affect adjudication provisions?

Is a signed Full and Final Account Settlement Statement binding?

The JCT Standard Form of Sub-subcontract - 2004 Edition
The JCT Major Project Sub-Contract – 2004 Edition.

Adjudication – Objecting to Enforcement – The Perils of Estoppel
Letters of Intent Reviewed
“ Counting the Cash and the Interest – Part One“
Global Claims – John Doyle Revisited

How far can an adjudicator go in `taking the initiative in ascertaining the facts and the law`?

ADR – What is it and do I have to take part?
NO WIN – NO FEE Conditional Fee Agreements

Professional Negligence

Procure21 and the NECECC Form of Contract

Concurrent Delay Reviewed

Don't Keep It To Yourself - The Natural Justice Minefield

Oliver Twist
The Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act 1999
Global Warning

The Risk of Mistake in Contract - Common Mistakes in Law and Equity
Retrospective Effect of Contracts and Deeds

Retrospective Delay Analysis Techniques

Does the Contractor have a Claim Against the Architect or Engineer?

Novation and Assignment – What's the Difference?
PPC 2000 = a new hat and coat or just a new hat for an old Coat?

The NEC Partnering Option X12

Training and seminar courses

Alway Associates can offer tailored training on the NEC standard forms of contract typical courses currently available include:

  • The changes in the NECECC 3 rd Edition
  • The NECECC contract
  • Managing and Assessing Compensation Events
  • The NECECC contract for Procure 21

To see the typical programme for the Alway Associates training seminars follow the link to our training pages. Click Here