NEC contracts—role of the Project Manager

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

  • NEC contracts—role of the Project Manager
  • Who is the Project Manager?
  • What is the Project Manager’s role?
  • What does the Project Manager do?
  • Communications and general decision-making
  • Contractor’s works/design
  • Risk management
  • Assessment and certification
  • Time

NEC contracts—role of the Project Manager

This Practice Note considers the role of the ‘Project Manager’ under the NEC3 and NEC4 contracts. It looks specifically at the provisions of the NEC3/NEC4 Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC), but similar provisions are found across the suite.

The Project Manager has a central role in the administration and management of an NEC contract. Although it is not actually a party to the contract, it is involved in almost every aspect of it. The Project Manager is vital to the success of a project.

Who is the Project Manager?

The Project Manager is usually appointed in the early stages of a project, often in the feasibility stages. It is appointed by the Client (called the ‘Employer’ in NEC3), for example under a Professional Services Contract (see Practice Note: NEC Professional Service Contract). The Project Manager is also named by the Client in part one of the Contract Data (although, as noted above, the Project Manager is not party to the contract).

The Project Manager can either be a member of the Client’s own staff or an external consultant/adviser engaged by the Client. If the Project Manager is an external consultant/adviser, it will commonly be a firm, rather than an individual, who is named in the Contract Data.

What is most important is that the Client appoints a Project Manager with good experience specifically in

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