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NEC Contracts

It has been over 20 years since the first ever NEC contract was launched in the UK, then known as the New Engineering Contract and the new NEC4 edition is now published.

The NEC was first published in 1993 as the New Engineering Contract, also known as the Engineering and Construction Contract. It is a suite of construction contracts intended to promote partnering and collaboration between the contractor and client. It was developed as a reaction to other more traditional forms of construction contract which have been portrayed by some as adversarial.

In 1994, NEC was strongly recommended in the Latham Report (Constructing the Team) which investigated the perceived problems with the construction industry, describing it as ineffective, fragmented and incapable of delivering for its customers, proposing that there should be greater partnering and teamwork.

The Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC) is the most frequently used, and can be adopted on projects such as infrastructure, buildings, highways and process plants. It is used for the appointment of a contractor for engineering and construction work, including any level of design responsibility.

The NEC contracts are intended to:
Stimulate good management.
Be clear and simple, written in plain English, in the present tense and without legal terminology.
Be useable in a wide variety of situations from minor works to major projects.

Now in its fourth edition, NEC4, revised in 2015, NEC4 contracts reflect procurement and project management developments and emerging best practice, with improvements in flexibility, clarity and the ease of administration.

The NEC2 second edition of the box set was launched in 1995, adding in several new contracts to the family including a professional services contract and adjudicators contract. This led to 10 years of extensive and successful usage with significant feedback from the industry on the development process and culminated in the launch of the third edition NEC3.


The third edition was revised in 2010, with a total of 39 NEC3 documents and a range of services and products to support users, the NEC3 suite of contracts is more comprehensive than ever before and is endorsed by UK government with individual titles supported by The Association for Project Management and the British Institute for Facilities Management.

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  • Delay and Disruption Claims in Construction

    ICE Publishing

    Delay and Disruption Claims in Construction

    Authors: Ali D Haidar and Peter Barnes ISBN: 9780727761972 Format: Hardbound Publish Date: 03/11/2017 Publisher: ICE Publishing Number of Pages: 176 Delay and Disruption Claims in Construction is a concise practical guide to the process of delay and...

    MRP: £61.25
    £58.00
  • How to use the ECC communication forms

    ICE Publishing

    How to use the ECC communication forms

    ISBN: 9780727759092 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 01/04/2013 Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd Number of Pages: 70 This guide is written to show users how to complete the simple communication forms provided for the NEC3 Engineering and Construction...

    MRP: £31.50
    £29.00
  • NEC Managing Reality 5 book set

    ICE Publishing

    NEC Managing Reality 5 book set

    Author: Barry Trebes and Bronwyn Mitchell ISBN: 9780727761958 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 29/10/2017 Publisher: ICE Publishing Number of Pages: 720 Managing Reality is a series of books written by NEC experts that explain how NEC4 can be used to...

    MRP: £194.50
    £184.75
  • NEC Managing Reality Book 3 Managing the contract

    ICE Publishing

    NEC Managing Reality Book 3 Managing the contract

    Author: Barry Trebes and Bronwyn Mitchell ISBN: 9780727761866 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 29/10/2017 Publisher: ICE Publishing Number of Pages: 104 How NEC4 can be used to optimum benefit in everyday environments. Fully updated to reflect the NEC4...

    MRP: £50.25
    £47.75
  • NEC Managing Reality Book 4 Managing Change

    NEC Managing Reality Book 4 Managing Change

    Author: Barry Trebes and Bronwyn Mitchell ISBN: 9780727761880 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 29/10/2017 Publisher: ICE Publishing Number of Pages: 136 Managing Reality is a series of books written by NEC experts that explain how NEC4 can be used to...

    MRP: £50.00
    £46.50
  • NEC Managing Reality Book 5 Managing Procedures

    ICE Publishing

    NEC Managing Reality Book 5 Managing Procedures

    Author: Barry Trebes and Bronwyn Mitchell ISBN: 9780727761903 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 29/10/2017 Publisher: ICE Publishing Number of Pages: 88 Managing Reality is a series of books written by NEC experts that explain how NEC4 can be used to...

    MRP: £44.75
    £42.50
  • NEC3 Adjudicator's Contract (AC)

    ICE Publishing

    NEC3 Adjudicator's Contract (AC)

    ISBN: 9780727758996 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 01/04/2013 Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd Number of Pages: 18 The NEC3 Adjudicator's Contract (AC) should be used for the appointment of an Adjudicator to decide disputes under the NEC family of...

    MRP: £31.50
    £29.00
  • NEC3 Adjudicator's Contract Guidance Notes and Flow Charts

    ICE Publishing

    NEC3 Adjudicator's Contract Guidance Notes and Flow Charts

    ISBN: 9780727759375 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 01/04/2013 Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd Number of Pages: 30 NEC3 Adjudicator's Contract Guidance Notes and Flow Charts These guidance notes explain the usage of the contract, procedures for appointing...

    MRP: £31.50
    £29.00
  • NEC3 and NEC4 Compared

    ICE Publishing

    NEC3 and NEC4 Compared

    Authors: Robert Alan Gerrard ISBN: 9780727762016 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 19/09/2017 Publisher: ICE Publishing Number of Pages: 192 NEC3 and NEC4 Compared is a practical reference guide which covers on a clause-by-clause basis, the differences...

    MRP: £44.75
    £42.50
  • NEC3 contract box set

    ICE Publishing

    NEC3 contract box set

    ISBN: 9780727758675 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 01/04/2013 Publisher: NEC Number of Pages: 2352 NEC3 April 2013 Edition complete family of contracts (39 documents incl. guidance notes and flow charts) Description NEC3 has always been a forward...

    MRP: £652.75
    £594.00
  • NEC3 Contract Bundle

    ICE Publishing

    NEC3 Contract Bundle

    ISBN: 9780727759436 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 01/04/2013 Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd Number of Pages: 390 This special bundle contains everything needed to run a civil and building construction project. Contents:•NEC3: Engineering and...

    MRP: £128.75
    £122.25
  • NEC3 Contract Flow Charts

    ICE Publishing

    NEC3 Contract Flow Charts

    ISBN: 9780727759054 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 01/04/2013 Publisher: Thomas Telford Publishing Description To enable users to understand the operation of the Engineering and Construction Contract, this book contains flow charts which set out the...

    MRP: £32.50
    £30.00
  • NEC3 Contract Guidance Notes

    ICE Publishing

    NEC3 Contract Guidance Notes

    ISBN: 9780727759030 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 01/04/2013 Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd Number of Pages: 172 NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract Guidance Notes ECC Description These guidance notes explain the background to the engineering...

    MRP: £41.00
    £38.75
  • NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract

    ICE Publishing

    NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract

    ISBN: 9780727758651 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 01/04/2013 Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd Number of Pages: 100 NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract is the core document from which the options A-F are extracted. It contains all core clauses and...

    MRP: £66.50
    £62.00
  • NEC3 Framework Contract

    ICE Publishing

    NEC3 Framework Contract

    ISBN: 9780727759016 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 01/04/2013 Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd Number of Pages: 16 NEC3 Framework Contract (FC The Framework Contract is an entirely new NEC document and is intended for use in the appointment of one or more...

    MRP: £26.00
    £24.50
  • NEC3 Framework Contract Guidance Notes and Flow Charts

    ICE Publishing

    NEC3 Framework Contract Guidance Notes and Flow Charts

    ISBN: 9780727759399 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 01/04/2013 Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd Number of Pages: 32 NEC3 Framework Contract Guidance Notes and Flow Charts These guidance notes provide information on preparing and managing framework...

    MRP: £31.50
    £29.00
  • NEC3 how to write the ECC Works Information

    ICE Publishing

    NEC3 how to write the ECC Works Information

    ISBN: 9780727759078 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 01/04/2013 Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd Number of Pages: 48 Description This guide is written to help users to produce Works Information for the NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC). Good...

    MRP: £31.50
    £29.00
  • NEC3 Option A

    ICE Publishing

    NEC3 Option A

    ISBN: 9780727758699 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 01/04/2013 Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd Number of Pages: 76 NEC3 Option A priced contract with activity schedule Option A is a priced contract with an activity schedule where the risk of carrying out...

    MRP: £51.50
    £48.50
  • NEC3 Option B

    ICE Publishing

    NEC3 Option B

    ISBN: 9780727758712 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 01/04/2013 Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd Number of Pages: 78 NEC3 Option B priced contract with bill of quantities Option B is a priced contract with a bill of quantities where the risk of carrying out...

    MRP: £51.50
    £48.50
  • NEC3 Option C

    ICE Publishing

    NEC3 Option C

    ISBN: 9780727758736 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 01/04/2013 Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd Number of Pages: 82 NEC3 Option C target contract with activity schedule Option C is a target cost contract with an activity schedule where the out-turn...

    MRP: £51.50
    £48.50
  • NEC3 Option D

    ICE Publishing

    NEC3 Option D

    ISBN: 9780727758750 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 01/04/2013 Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd Number of Pages: 82 NEC3 Option D target contract with bill of quantities Option D is a target cost contract with a bill of quantities where the out-turn...

    MRP: £51.50
    £48.50
  • NEC3 Option E cost reimbursable contract

    ICE Publishing

    NEC3 Option E cost reimbursable contract

    ISBN: 9780727758774 Format: Paperbound Publish Date: 01/04/2013 Publisher: Thomas Telford Ltd Number of Pages: 80 NEC3 OPTION E Description Option E is a cost reinbursable type contract where the financial risk is taken largely by the client. This...

    MRP: £51.50
    £48.50
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