Introduction for Consultants and Clients to the NEC3 Engineering and Construction Contracts (Standard and Short)

Most publicly funded construction projects in Northern Ireland require the building contractor to be appointed under the NEC3 Construction Contract (ECC) or its Short equivalent (ECSC).

As client, or as an architect acting on behalf of a client, it is therefore highly beneficial to understand the contractual commitments between the client and contractor under the NEC3 Construction Contract. Contractors are well versed in this regard and it is essential for the smooth operation of the project that the client and architect are equally well versed. This workshop provides a valuable introduction to these construction contracts.


At the end of the day, participants should appreciate:
– why the NEC was written
– its principal objectives
– how it is designed as a management tool
– the important clauses.
– key implementation points and
– advantages and disadvantages of using it


Session 1: Overview in 30 minutes.

Session 2: Participant wants

Session 3: Flexibility & Contract Strategy: when to use the standard (ECC) form vs the short form (ECSC); & which in ECC options of ECC; Exercise.

Session 4: A NEC3 project, key players and communications overview,

Session 5: Sections 1, 2, 4 & 5 : clauses if nothing changes, inc 1 exercise.

Session 6: Change Management : Accepted Programme, early warnings & Risk Reduction meetings, compensation events : definitions, timescales, assessment, inc 1 exercise.

Session 7: Title, Risks & Insurance, Disputes & Termination

Session 8: Key Implementation Points & Benefits

Who should attend?

This course is aimed at consultants and clients using the NEC Construction Contract. Previous knowledge of the contract is not required however the course is designed to be of particular benefit to current users of the contract.


Dr Jon Broome is one of the UK’s leading consultants and trainers on the NEC. He completed a PhD on its effective operation. His contributions to the 2nd and 3rd editions are acknowledged in the contract. He has had numerous articles and papers, as well as the top selling ‘User’s Guide’ book published on the contract. John’s previous NEC3 training event with the RSUA was rated excellent.

Key details

9am to 5pm on Wednesday 23 November 2016
Riddel Hall,Stranmillis Road,Belfast

RSUA Practice Service Scheme members £200 + VAT
RSUA Members £239 + VAT
Non-members £266 + VAT

Places are limited to 20 so early booking is advised.
To book contact Julia Leaker or Jeanette Hedley to book. Cheques should be made out to RSUA and sent to 2 Mount Charles,Belfast,BT7 1NZ.

As part of this series of workshops we are also running an Introduction to the NEC3 Professional Services Contracts, a Masterclass on the Professional Services Contracts and a Masterclass on the Construction Contracts. For course details please visit the RSUA website,