Preparing Contracts Using the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works

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Course Synopsis

The Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works is commonly used by Highways Authorities and Roads Authorities as the basis of preparing contracts for the construction and maintenance of highways in the UK. This would include both the Highways Agency and the vast majority of Local Authorities. The current version is suitable for use with a variety of Forms of Contract. This course considers how such contracts are compiled.

This course is intended for:

Those involved in the preparation of contracts for highway schemes (both new works and maintenance construction); and those undertaking works of new construction and maintenance on highways under contracts which have been prepared using the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works.

Session 1 Introduction.

Standards used In UK roads construction & maintenance schemes. Outline of the contents of both the Design Manual for Roads & Bridges (DMRB) and the Manual of Contract Documents for Highways Works (MCHW).

Session 2 Constituent parts of MCHW Contract Documents.

The role of the Specification for Highway Works and the Notes For Guidance on the Specification for Highway Works in preparing contract documents.

Session 3 Consideration of the Specification for Highway Works and the Notes For Guidance on the Specification for Highway Works.

The contents of each of these documents.

Session 4 Sample Contract.

Detailed consideration of a sample contract. This includes the format of contracts, the elements that have to be included including changes to the specification and the use of Numbered Appendices.

Session 5 Review and Discussion.

Objectives At the end of the course, participants should be able to:-

  • understand the role of each element of the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works in the preparation and execution of highway contracts
  • be familiar with how contracts are compiled using individual parts of the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works,
  • be able to prepare contracts using the Manual of Contract Documents for Highway Works.

Note. Delegates must bring with them a copy of a reasonably current version of Volumes 1 and 2 of the Manual of Contract Documents for Highways Works i.e. the Specification for Highway Works and the Notes For Guidance. Copies of these documents on the basis of one copy between two delegates will be adequate for the purposes of this course.

Duration: 1 Day

Cost: £295 +VAT

MCHW Training Scotland, Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dunfermline and other sites throughout the UK including onsite closed company courses are available

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