INSTITUTION OF Civil Engineers chief executive Mike Casebourne launched the 7th edition of the ICE Conditions of Contract last month.
He said that the latest version incorporated recent legislative changes and also took account of initiatives such as the Latham and Egan reports.
'The industry has moved on and is trying to work in a less adversarial manner than before,' he said. 'The changes promoted by the Egan report are reflected to a degree in this new contract.'
Casebourne insisted that it was vital to maintain and update the ICE's family of contracts despite the emergence of new forms such as the New Engineering Contract. 'It is up to the client to choose which form of contract to use. By offering both contracts we have two excellent alternatives.'
Chairman of the Conditions of Contract Standing Joint Committee David Hodgkinson emphasised that, although the new contract was built on tried and tested principles established by the ICE form of contract since its first issue in 1945, the latest replaced all previous editions rather than supplementing them. He said the new form 'fully supports and promotes the benefits of team working and current procurement initiatives.'
The ICE has published guidance notes and plans to hold roadshows around UK local associations to encourage the transition to the new form of contract. For further information contact the ICE on 0171 222 7722.