NEC Contract Lessons Learnt Report - Cambridgeshire Guided Busway free download

NEC Contract Lessons Learnt Report - Cambridgeshire Guided Busway free download

Cambridgeshire County Council has recently published a report produced by EC Harris into lessons learnt from the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway, procured under the NEC Contract. 

The key areas that the report reviewed are summarised below:-

  • the process by which the chosen form of contract was selected; 
  • the appropriateness of the chosen form of contract in this instance; 
  • whether appropriate mechanisms were set up between the client, contractor and project manager to manage and oversee the contract; 
  • the risk transfer by the Council and whether this was reasonable; 
  • identify what other public sector organisations have used this form of contract and if they have experienced similar outcomes; 
  • did the form of contract used create incentives for the contractor to increase spend and delay and if so, how could this have been addressed; 
  • what alternative form of contracts were available and what protection they would have afforded the Council; 
  • whether an alternative form of contract, available at the time would have been more appropriate; 
  • what the Council and other public sector organisations should consider when undertaking procurement of similar major projects; 
  • are there any lessons to be learnt in procurement, that with the benefit of hindsight could have alerted us to the difficulties we eventually faced; 
  • whether there are any further modifications to the form of contract available or contracting procedures that would be more effective in managing risk.

The report provides a number of recommendations for NEC3 users and construction professionals that can be applied to future NEC projects.