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

  • PPC2000
  • Early involvement
  • Key documents
  • Other notable features of PPC2000
  • Partnering Objectives
  • KPIs

The concept of partnering developed as a result of the criticisms levelled at relationships in the construction industry by the Latham and Egan reports in the 1990s. Partnering emphasises collaborative working arrangements and continuous improvement through the measurement of performance and long term relationships and aims to avoid some of the problems that arise out of ‘traditional’ building contracts which, in some respects, seem to anticipate failure rather than promote success and improvement. PPC2000 is a standard form construction contract which embodies many of the partnering principles whose virtues were extolled by Latham. See Practice Note: Partnering.

PPC2000 was commissioned by the Association of Consulting Architects (ACA) and written by Trowers & Hamlin LLP. It was first published in 2000 and subsequent editions have been published in 2003, 2008 and 2013. It was the first standard form partnering contract. The contract can, theoretically, be used for any type of project and in any jurisdiction. In the UK, PPC2000 is widely used in the public sector (particularly in relation to social housing projects) but has also been adopted on projects in the private sector.

Under PPC2000, the whole project is governed by one multi-party contract (the ‘Partnering Contract’) which is signed by the Client, the Client’s Representative, the Constructor (contractor), the Design Team and other Consultants and, sometimes, 'Specialists' (sub-contractors). The parties who