THE INSTITUTION of Civil Engineers (ICE) is to launch the first contract specifically for work carried out under framework agreements next week.
After years of relying on bespoke contracts, the ICE launched the consultative edition of the NEC Term Service Contract (TSC) on 30 May.
'Until now, clients have had to get hold of an ICE or New Engineering Contract series contract and amend it to suit. In many cases this has worked well, but in others, there have been problems, ' said NEC panel group co-ordinator John Hawkins.
'So there is clear market need for a standard form of term service contract.'
The TSC will cater for those who engage a service for a period of time - either continuously or on a task by task basis - rather than on a project basis.
The contract comprises nine core clauses, a choice of three main options and seven secondary options. Included as a secondary option is the X12 partnering option, published in June 2001.
The first edition proper is scheduled for publication in January, incorporating changes set to be made in the third edition of the NEC Engineering Construction Contract, scheduled for late autumn.
INFOPLUS The consultative document can be downloaded free at www.
com and used at the user's own risk. Feedback is invited until the end of July and should be e-mailed to john. hawkins@ice. org. uk.