NEC is looking for industry feedback on the future of collaborative working, as it launches a consultation to shape its new NEC4 Alliance Contract, designed to unite entire project teams on a single collaborative contract.
NEC has released the consultation draft of the new NEC4 Alliance Contract to encourage input from worldwide users and ensure its tailored and integrated risk and reward model approach meets the needs of the industry.
Aligned with the Government Construction Strategy and its commitment to Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Soft Landings, NEC4 has been sculpted in a move to inspire and enable project collaboration.
The Alliance Contract has been specifically created to support clients who wish to take a significant step forward by fully integrating the entire supply team for large complex projects into a single collaborative contract.
The basis of the contract will be that all parties work together in achieving client objectives, and share in the risks and benefits of doing so. The potential benefit is a much deeper collaboration between all project participants, bound by common interests and reduced grounds for dispute.
Ian Heaphy, NEC4 Contract Board member, explained: “The construction industry recognises the benefits that integration and collaboration can bring to the delivery of major projects and programmes of work.
“The NEC4 Alliance Contract will support those clients who wish to take a step forward by fully integrating their delivery team on a single contract – for all members of the supply chain, including the client.
“Working on a performance based contract – with shared risks, shared responsibilities and aligned objectives – the members of the Alliance work together as an integrated team, where an alliance board manages the alliance on behalf of the members.
“Any decisions of the alliance board need to be unanimous making this a truly collaborative approach.”
The consultation is now open and will close on 30 November 2017.