It has been over 20 years since the first ever NEC contract was launched in the UK, then known as the New Engineering Contract.
In the last 20 years, with its unique philosophy of collaborative partnering and dispute avoidance, the NEC Contract has gone from strength-to-strength to become one of the most widely used contracts for the procurement of works, services and supply in the UK, with growing success around the world.
Now in its third edition, revised in 2013, with a total of 39 NEC3 documents and a range of services and products to support users, the NEC3 suite of contracts is more comprehensive than ever before and is endorsed by UK government with individual titles supported by The Association for Project Management and the British Institute for Facilities Management.
The first edition of the NEC launched in 1993, then known as the New Engineering Contract, The NEC was praised for its collaborative and integrated working approach to procurement and quickly gained popularity throughout the construction industry and was strongly recommend by sir Michael Latham in Constructing the team as the best example of a modern contract that embraced partnering.
The NEC2 second edition of the box set was launched in 1995, adding in several new contracts to the family including a professional services contract and adjudicators contract. This led to 10 years of extensive and successful usage with significant feedback from the industry on the development process and culminated in the launch of the third edition NEC3.