THE ICE'S continued support of traditional contract forms was thrown into doubt by its President Roger Sainsbury, just weeks ahead of the launch the ICE 7th edition, traditional form of contract.
Speaking at the recent launch of the ICE's Engineering and Construction Short Contract, he said that too many projects run under traditional contracts 'ended in tears'.
He claimed that the ICE was aware of problems caused by traditional contracts, such as the ICE 5th and 6th editions, when used on Latham and Egan inspired projects. 'Whether we should continue to back these contracts is a question and one which we will now have to start addressing,' Sainsbury said.
However, no plans have been made to bring the issue before ICE Council or any committee. Instead the ICE intends to press on with the imminent launch of its updated 7th edition traditional contract.
ICE director of engineering John Plumb said the decision to continue with the 7th edition was taken as the ICE had an obligation to ensure the traditional form was up to date.
The Short Contract is the latest addition to the New Engineering Contract family and is designed specifically for less complex, low risk projects.