NEC4: Engineering and Construction Contract Bundle
This bundle contains everything you need to prepare, tender and manage an NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) and its associated NEC4 Engineering and Construction Subcontracts (ECS). Each contract document includes all main and secondary Options and forms for the relevant cost schedules and contract data.
The bundle also includes the four-part set of user guides for the ECC and ECS: Establishing a Procurement and Contract Strategy, Preparing an Engineering and Construction Contract, Selecting a Supplier and Managing an Engineering and Construction Contract.
Both the ECC and ECS can include any level of design. They share five main payment options: A (priced contract with activity schedule), B (priced contract with bill of quantities), C (target contract with activity schedule), D (target contract with bill of quantities) and E (cost reimbursable contract. ECC also has an option F (management contract).
As such, both contracts can be used for the full range of financial risk allocation, from placing most risk with the supplier (options A and B), to risk sharing (options C and D) and placing most risk with the client (options E and F). A different option from the main contract can be used in each subcontract.
The ECC and ECS are the main works contract and subcontract in the NEC4 suite of collaborative, flexible and clearly written contracts for built environment procurement. They have 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 an ECC and ECS are required to act in a ‘spirit of mutual trust and co-operation’ and 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 completion.