Construction Contracts in the Scottish Construction Industry

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Scottish Construction Contract Training


Construction projects often involve a heady mix of significant change in high value, low margin, challenging environments.

Clarity of the contractual process is key to successful outcomes and despite a common aim to “get finished on time and get value for money” many projects take longer than programmed and cost considerably more than the original budget.

This comprehensive 2 day course has been specifically developed for the Scottish construction market and directly reflects the key contracts, projects and processes that are most relevant to your industry.

The four key themes delivering an effective understanding and practical application of construction contracts are:

  • The key principles of a construction contract
  • Tendering, procurement and effective project start up
  • The essential contracts – including NEC, SBCC, ICC, ACE, FIDIC and MF
  • The reality – What happens in practice and how to achieve successful outcomes

The commercial management and delivery of projects is driven by the construction contract and this targeted course will improve your ability to deliver your construction projects effectively. It is focussed on successful delivery rather than dispute causation and resolution and will help you establish a systematic approach to deliver best practice and efficient and effective projects.

The presentations are underpinned throughout by discussion, case study and considered opinion and provides an open forum to work through any specific and particular questions you may have.

The course is applicable across the construction sector, whether you work for client, consultant or contractor.

The tutor is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers with more than 25 years’ experience for client, consultant and contractor organisations on public and private sector projects through out the UK.

He has significant academic experience at a leading university undertaking research, teaching and consulting activities. He has founded one and contributed to the establishment of two further construction business practices.

An independent consultant he provides technical and commercial advice, opinion and support across the construction industry and has significant practical experience in the application of construction contracts. He is an elected member of the Academy of Experts, has acted as an expert witness and is an Accredited Construction Mediator.

Intended For

This course has been specifically developed for:

  • Civil, structural and building engineers, project mangers, surveyors and construction professionals in the early stages of their professional development needing a broad introduction to the contractual approaches of the construction industry
  • Those seeking knowledge and understanding of construction contracts, how they are formed and how to work with them.
  • Early career Construction Professionals working towards professional body membership


At the end of the course the delegates should have:

  • The Ability to undertake practical application of construction contracts
  • An Appreciation of the Scottish Legal system and the principles of contract law Knowledge of the key components of construction contracts
  • An Introduction to essential construction contracts
  • Knowledge of the tender process and its implementation
  • Knowledge of dispute avoidance

Session 1 – Course introduction

Session 2 – Lets get started!

  • What is a contract and how do I know?
  • Value, risk and complexity

Session 3 – Principles

  • Standard Contracts
  • Bespoke Contracts
  • Amended Contracts

Session 4 – The Law!

  • The landscape
  • The relationship to contract
  • Express, implied and statutory terms

Session 5 – Tender and procurement

  • Options, approaches and best practice
  • Private and public sector
  • Traditional, design and build and management contracting

Session 6 – Construction Contract Landscape

  • ACE – The consultants
  • SBCC – The builders
  • ICC – The Civil Engineers
  • NEC – Public and private sector construction
  • MF – Mechanical and Electrical projects
  • FIDIC – The International market (and wind farms!)

Session 7 – Successful Delivery

  • Start right
  • Manage the risks
  • Warranties, bonds and insurances
  • Programme and progress
  • Change, variation and delay
  • Payment
  • Completion
  • Defects and long-term liability

Session 8 – What if it goes wrong

  • Resolving disagreements
  • Solving disputes
  • A route map for guidance

Duration: 2 Days

Cost: £575 + VAT

Principles of construction contracts training in London, Scotland,  Inverness, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Dunfermline and other sites throughout the UK including onsite closed company courses are available.

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