The ICE has given its official backing to the NEC3 contracts as the best practice for construction projects, in preference to the ICE Conditions of Contract.
ICE director general Tom Foulkes said NEC3 is uniquely placed as a suite of contracts, catering for all aspects of the procurement of projects and services: “The NEC3 contracts meet the OGC Achieving Excellence in Construction criteria, representing the best interests of public sector procurement.”
The NEC3 contracts have been widely adopted in public sector construction and have lead to the improved delivery of infrastructure projects. More recently the Public Sector Construction Clients’ Forum made a unanimous decision to continue its endorsement of the use of NEC3 by public sector construction procurers, as part of a move towards a standardised approach to procurement practices.
“The NEC3 contracts meet the OGC Achieving Excellence in Construction criteria, representing the best interests of public sector procurement.”
Tom Foulkes, ICE
Foulkes continued: “NEC provides a wide range of support products and services which facilitate its implementation, covering consultancy, training, printed and electronic documents, licensing, conferences and seminars. It also provides a forum for best practice sharing, the NEC Users’ Group, which has nearly 500 corporate members representing a range of sectors.”
The NEC3 is being used for several high profile infrastructure projects such as the 2012 Olympics, High Speed 1 and the NDA nuclear decommissioning programme.