Why NEC?

Crossrail Eastern Tunnelling Machine NEC project

“NEC3 helped deliver the largest civil engineering project in Europe, on budget and with value for money. NEC3 helped the project hit 45 out of its 46 targets last year, narrowly missing only one."
David Allen, Financial Director, Crossrail

The NEC3 suite of contracts is suitable for procuring a diverse range of works, services and supply projects, spanning major framework deals through to minor works and the purchasing of goods and services. 

NEC3 contracts have been uniquely designed using the following three key unique characteristics:

  • They stimulate good management of the relationship between the two parties to the contract and, hence, of the work involved in the contract. 
  • They can be used in a wide variety of commercial situations, for a wide variety of types of work and in any location.
  • They are clear, simple and written in plain English
    using language and a structure which is straightforward and easily understood.
    NEC3 Engineering and construction contract

“I think NEC3 is the unsung hero of the Olympic games, a bit like the spine or the heartbeat in the human body, I believe it helped deliver the project.”
Ken Owen, Commercial Director, CLM

NEC3 contracts have been used on many high profile and successful projects over the last 20 years, including London 2012Crossrail, Christchurch International Airport and the Halley VI British Antarctic Survey research station. They have delivered certainty for clients in terms of project outcome as well as ensured fair and prompt remuneration for contractors and suppliers. 

Hear from two NEC3 users on their experiences of using the contracts to successfully deliver projects:

As news of these successes has spread, more and more project management teams throughout the UK and abroad are adopting NEC3 contracts as a result. This includes the Hong Kong government, which has committed to use the NEC3 suite for all projects tendered from 2015.

No other contract has had such a transformative effect on the construction industry, putting the collaboration sharing of risk and reward at the heart of modern procurement. It has revolutionised the purchasing and delivery of works, services and supply over the last two decades and looks set to continue.

Visit our case studies page to learn more about NEC projects taking place around the world.




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