What's new?

Spring/summer 2022

Highlights

Alliancing contracts

This section has received updates throughout. See especially:

  • New Engineering Contract, which has been rewritten to reflect the fourth edition (NEC4). NEC4 marks a re-shaping of the NEC suite by creating the NEC4 Alliance Contract, which is a true and stand-alone multi-party alliance contract and the first of its kind in the NEC suite
  • the subsection 'Public procurement rules' in Using alliancing successfully, which explains how things stand now the UK has left the EU and
  • the new subsection 'ACA Term Alliance Contract (TAC-1)' which has been added to ACA Framework Alliance Contract (FAC-1).

Housing as an infrastructure investment

This section has been thoroughly updated throughout, and several new subsections have been added, including:

Infrastructure funds

Author Robert Robinson has comprehensively updated this section to account for new developments, especially the role of the UKIB, the COVID-19 pandemic and the cost of living crisis, all of which have contributed to a changing landscape for infrastructure investment.


Updates

Change control and change management

This section has received some minor amendments; for example, Change control on NEC projects now mentions NEC 4 instead of NEC 3.

Highway maintenance

Various sections have received minor updates. See especially Winter service, which discusses the statutory role of highway authorities to keep their networks clear of ice and snow.

Infrastructure claims

Substantial new subsections have been added on:

Infrastructure planning and development

This section has been thoroughly updated throughout. See especially the subsection added about the new Infrastructure levy that the government will gradually roll out across England. 

Infrastructure procurement: frameworks and risks

Northern Ireland has received a small update.

Intellectual property

This section has received some minor amendments throughout. A new subsection has also been added on Intellectual property offences.

Introduction to technical requirements

This section has received some minor amendments.

Local authority infrastructure financing

This section has been thoroughly updated throughout. 'Key updates' on the section homepage has a handy list of all recent changes, and more detail can be found throughout the section.

NEC3 and NEC4 for infrastructure

There have been amendments throughout this section. Most notably, Key features has been updated to discuss Van Oord UK v. Dragados UK [2021] CSIH 50: in this case, the judges affirmed that omitting work to give to others and then adjusting rates, including downwards, was a breach of contract. Major projects using NEC has been updated. And Other matters giving rise to a compensation event discusses the recent relevant case of Arab Lawyers Network Company Ltd v. Thomson Reuters (Professional) UK Ltd [2021] EWHC.

Resourcing strategies

This section has received some amendments throughout. A new subsection has also been added on Employment law: no single piece of legislation covers all aspects of employment and resourcing, but a number of laws do apply. They are discussed in this section.

Stakeholder engagement inside and outside the supply chain

Both Stakeholder engagement inside the supply chain and Stakeholder engagement outside the supply chain have been updated throughout, with particular attention paid to the continuing impact of changes brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supply chain performance management

This section has received some amendments throughout.

Temporary works

This section has received some minor amendments.