June 9, 2015

NEC updates contracts guidance

Construction contracts organisation NEC has issued new guidance on managing the interaction between its Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) and the new CDM regulations that came into force in April.

The revised Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015), which superseded the 2007 version, require the appointment of a principal designer – replacing the CDM co-ordinator – and principal contractor.

The NEC guidance, issued on 12 May, says: “Responsibility for co-ordination of work in (or ‘safety during’) the pre-construction phase – which is crucial to the management of any successful ECC project – now rests with the CDM principal designer.” It covers issues including:

  • pre-construction information
  • selecting the principal designer
  • selecting the principal contractor
  • design submission after awarding of a contract
  • the construction phase plan
  • the health and safety plan.

Palmers’ comprehensive legal expertise means that we are ideally placed to advise on any contractual issues arising from the CDM 2015 regulations and on the implementation of the new rules at a project level.

For contractual issues, please contact Adam Davis or for health and safety compliance matters, please contact Lara Murray.