The first of the 2016 Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) construction contracts have now been released.  The best-selling JCT Minor Works contracts are the first out of the blocks.  The new contracts update the 2011 editions and introduce new terms covering Fair Payment, Building Information Management (BIM) and the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015.

The JCT family of construction contacts have been in use for over 85 years.  They aim to provide standard form contracts which meet the needs of all parties to construction or engineering projects. New editions are regularly introduced, following consultation with the industry, which keep up to date with new regulation and the increasing complexity of construction works.

Neil Gower, JCT chief executive, said: “JCT has been working to ensure that the 2016 Edition, starting with the launch of Minor Works, provides a series of essential updates and enhanced flexibility for JCT contract users.”  The main changes in the new Minor Works contracts are:

  • New terms to reflect developments in Fair Payment, Transparency and BIM.
  • Adjustments to reflect the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 and Public Contracts Regulations 2015.
  • Amendments to insurance provisions to make them more flexible.

“We were pleased to see the amendments to the insurance requirements as these address a regularly occurring headache on tenant-led changes to existing structures,” said James Burgoyne, Director – Claims & Technical, Brunel Professional Risks.  “The new contracts continue the valuable work undertaken by the JCT to bring clarity to complex construction relationships.  We are looking forward to the release of the rest of the 2016 suite of contracts.”

The new contract is available directly from the JCT.  News reports about the new suite of contracts have been published by the JCT, RICS and law firms Olswang, Devonshires and Weightmans.

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Brunel is providing a Construction Roadshow in Manchester on 13 October 2016 and one of the topics covered will be the 2016 amendments to JCT. Further roadshows are planned in other areas in forthcoming months.

If you would like to attend the Manchester Roadshow and have not received an invitation (there is no charge for attendance), please contact Georgia Cole at or telephone 0117 325 0949.