Using X22 Early Contractor Involvement Clause

24th July 2019

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Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) is a non-traditional procurement route, where a contractor’s skills are introduced early in a project to bring design and cost efficiencies to the pre-construction phase. ECI is a two-stage process where the first provides for contractor involvement in the design process, and the second provides for completing outstanding design and construction of the works.

This webinar goes through the details of optional clause X22 in the NEC ECC. We explain when ECI could be used and how best to utilise it. The webinar looks to touch on the key areas in the clause including:

  • Setting the Budget
  • Defining the stages
  • Forecasts
  • Proposals for Stage Two
  • Notice to proceed to Stage Two
  • Changes to the Budget
  • Incentive payments


Rob Gerrard Peter Higgins
NEC Users' Group Secretary NEC4 Contract Board Chair
Rob specialises in procurement and project management and is also involved in extensive NEC training and consultancy work. Rob is experienced in financial control, contract preparation and administration, including the consideration, evaluation and resolution of contractual claims mainly in civil engineering projects.

He is an Examiner for the ICE Law & Contract Procedure he has also held the position of NEC Users’ Group Secretary from 2006 to date.

His publications include NEC2 and NEC3 Compared, 2005, as well as drafting the NEC3 Professional Services Short Contract guidance notes, some of the flow charts and ‘How to…’ guides along with being a part of the working group who drafted the NEC3 April 2013 suite of contracts.
Peter has a background in civil engineering, building and landscape and has provided consultancy services in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia.

He runs his own consultancy business providing advice on contract strategy, procurement, management and dispute resolution services to the construction industry.

Peter was the Chairman of the ICE panel which prepared the NEC3 contracts. He led the team preparing the NEC4 forms of contract and guidance and is now chairman of the ICE NEC4 Contract Board.

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