Construction Law guide to NEC3 (2017) 28 2 Cons.Law 14 [Archived]
Construction Law guide to NEC3 (2017) 28 2 Cons.Law 14 [Archived]

The following Construction practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Construction Law guide to NEC3 (2017) 28 2 Cons.Law 14 [Archived]
  • Introduction
  • Clause 1: General
  • Clause 10: actions
  • Clause 16: early warnings
  • Clause 2: Providing the works
  • Clause 21: the contractor's design
  • Clause 24: people
  • Clause 25: working with employer
  • Clause 26: sub-contracting
  • More...

ARCHIVED: This Practice Note has been archived and is not maintained.

This article appears as originally published in Construction Law on 1 March 2017 and is not maintained.

In the first instalment of a two part article, our latest CL Guide, from Corinne McCarthy of DLA Piper LLP, looks at the NEC Engineering and Construction Contract.

See also: Construction Law Guide to: NEC3 (Part 2) (2017) 28 3 Cons.Law 14.


The NEC Engineering and Construction Contract ('ECC') was conceived in 1993 with the intention of being used in relation to civil engineering projects. Since then there have been further editions of the contract (the current suite of NE contracts was published in 2013) and it has been used in a variety of engineering and building projects including high profile projects such as certain venues for the 2012 Olympics in London. The aims of the contract are to provide clear and concise terms and the stimulus for good management, with a duty on the parties to deal fairly with each other and their supply chain in a spirit of mutual co-operation.

There are six different forms of the ECC:

  1. Option A: Priced contract with activity schedule – a lump sum contract where the total lump sum is made up of smaller lump sums (or Prices) allocated to specific activities comprised in the Works.

  2. Option B: Priced contract with bill

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