Blog: JCT Design & Build 2016 – what is expected in Scotland?
Solicitor Kate Primrose outlines what might be expected to happen in Scotland in reference to the JCT Design and Build Contract 2016.
Following the publication of the new JCT Design and Build Contract 2016 on 22 September 2016, it is expected that the updated SBCC Design and Build Contract for use in Scotland won’t be far behind, although a definitive date for publication has not yet been given.
It is anticipated that the new SBCC Design and Build Contract, once published, will incorporate similar amendments as its JCT equivalent. It is, therefore, important to be aware of the key updates included in the Design and Build Contract 2016.
Some of the key updates include the following:
Various other minor amendments have also been made as well as certain changes relating to public sector employers (i.e. the incorporation of provisions from the JCT Public Sector Supplement 2011 in respect of fair payment and transparency and certain aspects of the Public Contracts Regulations 2015). The motivation behind these amendments is the ambition of the Construction Supply Chain Payment Charter (Charter) (reissued by the Construction Leadership Council in August 2016), being an initivative of the Government’s Fair Payment Campaign, seeking to reduce payment terms in the supply chain to an industry standard of 30 days and to move to zero retentions by 2025.
Generally, the updates to the JCT Design and Build Contract 2016 attempt to reflect current market practice and it is expected that, overall, they are likely to be welcomed by the construction industry. In terms of the position in Scotland, we will have to wait and see what changes the SBCC incorporate into the SBCC Design and Build Contract but it is expected these will broadly follow the same route as JCT.