Navigating JCT Contracts: The Role of Quantity Surveyors in Contract Selection
The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) is a leading provider of construction contracts in the United Kingdom. The JCT contracts are widely used in the construction industry, and they provide a comprehensive framework for managing the construction process, from design to completion. Quantity surveyors play a critical role in contract selection and administration, as they are responsible for managing the financial and contractual aspects of the construction project.
When selecting a JCT contract, quantity surveyors must first consider the specific needs of the project and the client. This includes identifying the project’s objectives, requirements, and constraints, as well as the client’s budget, schedule, and quality expectations. Quantity surveyors must also consider the type of project, such as whether it is a new build or a refurbishment, and whether it is a public or private sector project.
Once the project’s specific needs have been identified, quantity surveyors can then evaluate the different JCT contracts available, and select the one that best suits the project’s requirements. The JCT contracts include the Standard Building Contract (SBC), the Design and Build Contract (DB), the Minor Works Contract (MW), and the Intermediate Building Contract (IC). Each contract has its own specific terms and conditions and serves a different purpose. For example, the SBC contract is suitable for traditional contracts where design and construction are carried out by separate parties, while the DB contract is suitable for projects where the design and construction are carried out by a single contractor.
Once the contract has been selected, quantity surveyors are then responsible for administering the contract throughout the construction process. This includes managing the project’s budget and schedule, and ensuring that the project is completed on time and within budget. Quantity surveyors also play a critical role in negotiating and managing any variations to the contract, and in resolving any disputes that may arise.
In addition, quantity surveyors are responsible for ensuring that the contract complies with all relevant laws and regulations, and that the project is executed in accordance with the contract’s terms and conditions. This includes ensuring that all parties involved in the project are aware of their responsibilities, and that the project is executed in accordance with the relevant health and safety laws and regulations.
In conclusion, Quantity Surveyors play a vital role in JCT contract selection and administration, as they are responsible for managing the financial and contractual aspects of the construction project. Quantity Surveyors are responsible for identifying the project’s specific needs, evaluating the different JCT contracts available and selecting the one that best suits the project’s requirements, administering the contract throughout the construction process, and ensuring that the project is executed in accordance with the contract’s terms and conditions, laws and regulations. By following these steps, Quantity Surveyors can ensure that the project is completed on time.