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Minor Works Building Contract

Current edition: MW 2016
Previous editions: MW 2011, MW 2005 (Revision 2 2009), MW 1998

The JCT Minor Works building contracts are:
Minor Works Building Contract
Minor Works Building Contract with Contractors Design
Minor Works Sub-Contract with sub-contractors design


The JCT Minor Works Building Contract is designed for small works, basic construction projects where the work is of a simple nature. Minor Works Building Contracts are suitable for projects procured via the traditional or conventional method.

In previous editions, the guidance was that the JCT Minor Works Building Contract was suitable for projects up to the sum of £100,000 (2001 prices), but the current guide lines have set no limits. The general advice now is that it should be the nature of the contract, not the value that should be the deciding factor on which form of contract to use. This means the Minor Works can be used for larger projects, provided that they are straight forward in nature.

The JCT Minor Works Building Contract is a traditional lump sum contract, relatively simple in its overall structure and with few procedural rules. The contractor undertakes to carry out the work shown in the contract documents, by the completion date entered in the contract particulars, in return for a contract lump sum, based on drawings and/or a specification and/or work schedules. Those documents should therefore be in a form sufficient to enable the Contractor to accurately identify the work to be done without the need for the Employer to provide bills of quantities.

There are provisions for varying the work, together with mechanisms for adjusting the contract sum and the completion date. In general terms, the contract assumes that all work is designed by the contract administrator.

The Minor Works insurance provisions are shorter and simpler than those in contracts such as the JCT Design and Build Contract. However, it is still very important to carefully consider the insurance provisions contained in Section 5 of the contract and ensure that they meet the project requirements.

Section 5 provides for three types of insurance: public liability insurance, employer's liability insurance and insurance of the Works (and potentially of existing structures). Public liability insurance covers the contractor's liability arising from death or personal injury to third parties and their liability for damage to property. Employer's liability insurance covers claims arising from injury or death to the contractor's own workforce. Works insurance covers physical damage to the Works and site materials.

The JCT Minor Works Guidance Notes are included at the back of the contracts.

The employer must provide drawings, a specification, or work schedules to define the quantity and quality of work.
The price and payment structure of the contract is based on a lump sum with monthly interim payments.
Provisions are included for collaborative working and sustainability.
For use on both private and public sector projects.
It contains the guidance notes.
This contract can be used with the Framework Agreement (FA).
For use on both private and public sector projects.
The employer must provide drawings, a specification, or work schedules to define the quantity and quality of work.
The price and payment structure of the contract is based on a lump sum with monthly interim payments.
Provisions are included for collaborative working and sustainability.
For use on both private and public sector projects.
It contains the guidance notes.
This contract can be used with the Framework Agreement (FA).
For use on both private and public sector projects.

Useful Documents

Minor Works Building Contract User Checklist
Minor Works Contract with Conntracctors Design User Checklist

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