ICE Conditions of Contract – Design and Construct

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ICE Conditions of Contract Training


The ICE Conditions of Contract are a family of standard conditions of contract for civil engineering works, which are at the forefront of best practice and modern procurement methods. The Design and Construct version requires the Contractor to take the Employers Requirements and design brief and develops the requirements and brief designs and constructs the works

This one-day course delivers a key introduction to the ICE Conditions of Contract Design and Construction 2001 Edition, highlighting the essential contract definitions as well as the style, operation and interpretation of key clauses..

The conditions are introduced and key definitions outlined to establish the basis of the contract, including the documents that form part of the contract (tender, drawings, specification and priced bill of quantities).

A clear definition of the Employers’ duties, the Contractors’ obligations and the Engineers’ powers is given and the interaction between the parties during the contract discussed.

The operation of the contract is considered, from method statements, programme of works (including time related clauses and claims) and admeasurements through to materials and workmanship.

Contract variations necessary to complete the works are a common aspect of construction contracts. Their status, valuation and consequential effects are outlined supplemented with key case law.

Clause 12 – unforeseen ground conditions – is the a common source of contractual dispute under ICE conditions of contract. This clause is considered in detail and its practical application and interpretation is discussed with respect to all parties involved.

The use of sub-contractors and their legal status is considered and the course is concluded with discussion of variety of miscellaneous clauses, contract issues and delegate questions.

The tutor is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers with more than twenty five years experience across the construction industry. He has worked for client, consultant and contractor organisations as well as spending a significant period as an academic at a leading UK university. He has founded one and contributed to the establishment of two further specialist construction companies. He is now an independent consultant.

Civil Engineers, Structural Engineers, Project Managers and Construction Professionals who require an introduction to the ICE Conditions of Contract Design and Construct Version.


At the end of the course the delegates should be able to:

• Appreciate the framework of construction contracts
• Understand the function of the ICE Design and Construct Conditions
• Recall the topics covered by the Conditions
• Recall the obligations placed on the parties and the Engineer
• Interpret the conditions to site situations
• Appreciate how risk is shared by the parties
• Appreciate how to evaluate variations and claims


This course starts at 09:00 and finishes at 17:00 with refreshment breaks mid-morning and
afternoon, plus lunch.

All timings, except the start time, are approximate and may be adjusted to suit natural
breaks in the lesson.


Duration: 1 Day

Cost: £245 + VAT


ICE Conditions of Contract Training Scotland, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Inverness and onsite courses available throughout the UK.

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