ICC Design and Construct Version 2018
Produced in partnership with Keystone Law
ICC Design and Construct Version 2018

The following Construction guidance note Produced in partnership with Keystone Law provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • ICC Design and Construct Version 2018
  • Scheme of the contract in outline
  • Design
  • The engineer (clause 5)
  • Completion and correction of defects (clause 10)
  • Measurement and valuation (clause 11)
  • Sub-contractors (clauses 3 and 7)
  • Variations (clause 12)
  • Claims
  • Payments
  • more

The Infrastructure Conditions of Contract (ICC) for civil engineering works originated in 1945 as the ICE Conditions of Contract. Following various updates, 2014 saw a major revision and the publication of a new ‘With Quantities Version’. In June 2018, two new ICC contracts were published—the Design and Construct (D&C) Version and the Target Cost Version (see Practice Note: ICC Target Cost Version 2018). This Practice Note provides guidance on the ICC D&C Version 2018.

The 2018 D&C Version is not to be confused with the 2011 D&C Version, with its identical cover. That was essentially a reprint of the ICE Design and Construct Contract 2001. The 2018 edition is entirely different, building on the 2014 With Quantities Version (for more on which, see Practice Note: ICC With Quantities Version 2014) and with a far more collaborative approach to design.

Many of the clauses in those two contracts are identical. Small changes are made to the text to emphasise the contractor’s design obligations—these are kept to the minimum and are only made where change is necessary.

Scheme of the contract in outline

The conditions are accompanied by a form of tender, appendices, optional clauses and a draft bond. Additionally, the contract includes works data (comprising contractor’s proposals and employer’s requirements) and a bill of quantities providing a fixed price lump sum. Contract documents