FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Gold Book 2008
Produced in partnership with Victoria Tyson of Corbett & Co
FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Gold Book 2008

The following Construction practice note produced in partnership with Victoria Tyson of Corbett & Co provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Gold Book 2008
  • What type of project is the Contract suitable for?
  • The structure of the Contract
  • Design-Build v Operation Service
  • Employer’s Representative
  • Employer’s Requirements
  • Employer’s financial arrangements
  • Design liability
  • Commencement Date, completion and programme
  • Design-Build
  • More...

FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Gold Book 2008

This Practice Note provides an introduction to the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for Design, Build and Operate Projects 2008, commonly known as the Gold Book 2008. It looks at the suitability and structure of the Contract, and identifies key features of the General Conditions.

What type of project is the Contract suitable for?

The FIDIC Gold Book is a design, build and operate contract (‘DBO’)—for general information on DBO contracts, see Practice Note: DBO contracts. It assumes a greenfield design-build-operate scenario with a 20-year operation and maintenance period. It is not suitable for brownfield projects, ie the upgrading of an existing facility.

The FIDIC DBO Contract Guide (1st edition, 2011) states that the FIDIC Gold Book might be suitable for:

‘infrastructure projects where the resulting facility will often produce an income or revenue for the Employer and where the Employer might not have the resources or experience to operate the facility himself and might otherwise consider engaging a service provider or operator.’

There is an assumption that the Contract will be awarded to a single contracting entity, most likely a consortium or joint venture. Like all the contracts in the FIDIC suite, the FIDIC Gold Book is designed to be able to be used on international projects.

The structure of the Contract

The FIDIC Gold Book is structured as follows (in order of priority):

  1. Contract

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