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The old ICE conditions was one of the most popular standard forms of contract for civil engineering projects. However, in recent years they were usurped by the NEC. So much so that the ICE withdrew their sponsorship of the form to back the NEC only.
The old ICE conditions were then rebranded and republished in 2011 as the ICC conditions with very few amendments, until now…
A consultative version of a fully revised version of the ICC conditions has recently been published. The publisher's intent is to streamline, rationalise and reorder the conditions whilst keeping a similar risk balance.
However, a number of key changes have been made:
Steven Carey, Partner in our Construction, Engineering & Projects team, commented:
"As a long lost civil engineer, I will be interested to see the take up of the new ICC conditions once they are published in final form. The NEC3 has its critics for being unclear in places and verging on administratively unworkable when the works are subject to a number of different compensation events.
These revised ICC conditions should be a viable alternative to the NEC3 for civil engineering projects. However, there are certain areas of the new conditions that could be improved. For example, it does not appear that the new conditions are fully compliant with the revised Construction Act. It is to be hoped that these issues are resolved before the final version is published."
This article was written by James Worthington.
For more information please contact James on +44 (0)20 7427 1070 or firstname.lastname@example.org.