Here you'll find a full listing of all the JCT Contract versions, plus the many books, guides and forms to help you choose and administer the different forms of JCT Contract.
The JCT building contracts have been around since the early 1980's in their current form of standard form of building contracts agreed by the members of the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT)
The JCT is comprised of seven organisations representing the major participants within the UK construction industry:
British Property Federation (BPF) Contractors Legal Group Ltd Local Government Association (LGA) National Specialist Contractors Council Limited Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Scottish Building Contract Committee Limited
Originally all the JCT building contracts were based on the traditional procurement method, often referred to as lump-sum contracts.
Further changes in the way contracts were procured came the Package deal, or turnkey type projects requiring a Design and Build Contract.
Another variant was the Management route where the management contractor undertakes to manage the works through contractors accountable to him.
With all the different forms of JCT contracts, the appropriate guides, forms of sub-contracts and warranties have also been developed over the years.
Overlaying all the procurement changes have also been the legal changes in in contract law and in the last few decades Health and Safety has also become a big issue.
The JCT suite of building contracts has expanded over the years to keep pace with the many changes in the ways that construction work is now procured, as well as keeping up-to-date with all the changes in the legal and health and safety requirements of todays construction industry and now includes the following:
The current editions of the JCT contracts are the 2011 and most recently the 2016 editions.
The 2011 edition of the JCT contracts should only be used for existing works, where the original construction contract was made with JCT 2011 contracts. These contracts will only continue to be available in printed form until the end of April 2018.
Any new building and construction works should always use the latest 2016 version of the JCT standard building contracts.
The latest updated 2016 versions are now available and customers should use the new JCT 2016 versions where available for all new works.