Case size limits imposed on TCC

The London Technology and Construction Court (TCC) has ruled that only cases where at least £250,000 is in dispute can be started in or transferred to the court. Most disputes involving sums below that amount should now be taken to the county court.

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Early access to contracts promised

The Cabinet Office is to set up a pilot procurement scheme that will give small and medium sized companies (SMEs) early access to work packages ahead of contracts going out to tender.

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News in brief: March 2012

The Highways Agency has launched trials of Project Bank Accounts on the M4/M5 managed motorways scheme (Bristol) and the M62 J25 to J28 managed motorway scheme (North Yorkshire), both of which are now under construction. Over the next three years, the Agency says it will use the new approach on over 20 construction and maintenance schemes, with a total value of over £2.5 billion.

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JCT updates contract

JCT has amended its Standard Building Contract from 2 February to allow employers to ‘name’ specialists. Th e optional provisions enable employers to name individual specialists as domestic sub-contractors for identified parts of the works by appropriate entry in the contract particulars.

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Civil servants to lead projects

A shake up in public sector use of consultants on construction and other projects has been promised by the Major Projects Authority (MPA) at the launch of a new scheme to train senior civil servants in leading major project delivery.

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New procurement methods trialled

The Cabinet Office has selected seven construction projects and programmes as test cases for trialling three new public sector procurement methods.

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News in brief: January 2012

Lanes Group said it will take its case against Galliford Try to the Supreme Court following a Court of Appeal verdict that could have long term implications for adjudication.

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Project Bank Accounts revolution

The Cabinet Office has announced that 20% of total government spending on construction will go through Project Bank Accounts (PBAs) within three years, ensuring that suppliers are paid within fi ve days of due dates.

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Small site safety crackdown

The construction sector is still the most dangerous sector of industry in which to work with more deaths than any other industrial sector, according to Health and Safety Executive figures.

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MPs slam PFI again

The Private Finance Initiative (PFI) has come under further attack from the influential Treasury Select Committee as the government concludes a review of the controversial procurement method.

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