FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Red Book 2017
Produced in partnership with Victoria Tyson of Corbett & Co
FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Red Book 2017

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

  • FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Red Book 2017
  • What type of project is the Red Book suitable for?
  • The structure of the contract
  • Key features of the general conditions
  • Engineer’s Instructions
  • Agreement or Determination
  • Adjustments for Changes in Costs

In December 2017, FIDIC launched the second editions of the Red, Yellow and Silver Book. This Practice Note is an introduction to the FIDIC Red Book 2017 (the FIDIC Conditions of Contract for Construction 2017).

For information about the FIDIC Red Book 1999, see Practice Note: FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Red Book 1999. See also Practice Notes: FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Yellow Book 2017 and FIDIC contracts—introduction to the Silver Book 2017.

Note that errata to the second edition of the Red Book were published in December 2018 (see News Analysis: Errata to FIDIC 2017 contracts published).

What type of project is the Red Book suitable for?

The FIDIC Red Book is primarily intended for building and engineering works where the Employer bears the design responsibility. The Red Book is not suitable for use where the Contractor is carrying out the design—in this case, the FIDIC Yellow or Silver Book should be used instead. The Introduction to the Special Provisions states: ‘These Conditions allow for the possibility that the Contractor may be required to design a small proportion or minor element of the Permanent Works, but they are not intended for use where significant design input by the Contractor is required or the Contractor is required to design a large proportion or any major elements of the Permanent Works’.

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