NEC Early Warnings


NEC contracts have a very clear, simple, but critical process for ‘early warning’. Some call it the ‘jewel in the NEC crown’. The contractor and project manager should notify each other of any matter which could affect the cost, completion, progress or quality of the project.

The early warning process is simple in principle and critical to the success of NEC contracts and facilitating the ‘spirit of mutual trust and cooperation’ required by Clause 10.1 of the contract. The contract administrator must give the process, and the associated Risk Register, the attention it deserves and develop and use his or her ‘soft skills’ to get the best out of risk reduction meetings.


All NEC contracts require the supplier and the contract administrator (Contractor and Project Manager in the ECC, Consultant and Employer under the PSC2, Contractor and Service Manager under the TSC3) to formally notify each other of an early warning of certain types of event.


Watch Richard Patterson, NEC and Procurement Specialist, Mott MacDonald, and Rob Gerrard, NEC Users’ Group Secretary, discuss the early warnings process.


Richard Patterson, NEC Consultant, has written a paper entitled ‘Making the most of your early warnings – sort out your TQs and RFIs…and what about the opportunities?’

Download it for free.

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