NEC4: Framework Contract
The NEC4 Framework Contract (FC) is intended for appointing one or more suppliers over a set term to carry out work or to provide a service or goods on an 'as instructed' basis using NEC4 contracts.
Work orders are generally based on an NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) or NEC4 Engineering and Construction Short Contract (ECSC), while time charge orders are usually under an NEC4 Professional Service Short Contract (PSSC).
This document contains the NEC4 FC conditions and contract data forms but needs to be used in conjunction with other relevant NEC4 contracts.
The FC is part of the NEC4 suite of collaborative, flexible and clearly written contracts for built environment procurement. The suite has a global track record for delivering all kinds and sizes of building and infrastructure projects on time, on budget and to the highest environmental and quality standards.
As with all NEC4 contracts, the parties to a FC are required to act in a ‘spirit of mutual trust and co-operation’ and, under the relevant work or time charge order contracts, give early warnings of anything that could affect time, cost or quality so it can be mitigated without delay.
Change is dealt with by a fast and fair compensation event process which, together with a continually updated and agreed programme, ensures there are no surprises at the end of each work or time charge order.