But I’m a School, does it affect me?
Yes, a JCT contract will affect everybody who is a party to that contract.
As a school, and the employer for a project, your main priorities will be to ensure that any building works you contract out are completed on time, within budget, to the highest level of quality and that most importantly, you get exactly what you had planned or asked for.
The best way to make this happen is to ensure that any works which are conducted have a suitable written contract in place, whereby each of the above issues can be addressed and outlined prior to works proceeding. This will ensure that you get exactly what you had hoped for and to prevent any nasty surprises along the way.
We often encounter projects where no written contract is ever put in place, which can lead to all sorts of problems for either party involved, as the works progress. Remember, everyone is friends at the outset, and they don’t think they will need a contract but having a written contract is undoubtedly the best way of protecting your interests throughout the duration of a project.
A written contract is the easiest and strongest form of protection, and a JCT contract is often a good fit.