Currently in its third edition, the NEC suite has become one of the
UK?s leading families of standard forms of contract for major
construction and civil engineering projects. Part of the NEC suite,
the Professional Services Contract (PSC) was drafted with the same
process-based approach and objectives, offering a standard contract
for the appointment of consultants providing professional services
in an engineering or construction project. Embodying best practice
in terms of project management, the basic philosophy of the PSC
differs from the principles and approach of other standard
contracts used to appoint consultants.
This book is a practical guide to the application of the PSC.
Starting with a brief discussion of the background and philosophy
behind the PSC, it identifies the roles and responsibilities of
each of the named functions within the contract, explains the
approaches required to achieve a successful working relationship
between all parties, and examines all the procedures in the PSC.
The book explains the links between the various sections of the
contract to assist the reader with cross referencing, and covers
all the variations created by the Main and Secondary Options. As a
very practical guide it will aid users in the transition from their
use and understanding of the other standard contracts to the
collaborative project management-based approach of the PSC.
Written for anyone working in the construction and related
industries using the PSC to procure or provide consultancy services
in relation to a construction project, it will be of interest to
the complete construction supply chain, particularly architects,
structural engineers, services (M&E) engineers, civil
engineers, quantity surveyors and interior designers, together with
Contractors and Sub-Contractors who have a design liability and
employ consultants to assist them. It will also be of interest to
consultants and lawyers advising any of these parties, either in
the preparation of contract documentation or the resolution of
problem situations which may arise.