Wednesday 22 October 2014

RIBA Building Contracts - coming soon

Today the RIBA announced that they will launch two building contracts. These will be available in the next few weeks.

There will be a domestic building contract for a customer and contractor. This is simple and clearly laid out and for all types of non-commercial work. There will also be a concise building contract for an employer and a contractor. This is suitable for all types of simple commercial building work.

At NBS, we have been working hard behind the scenes to develop a digital tool to allow users to generate a RIBA Building Contract online. This tool will be a pay-per-use service that architects and contract administrators can use through their web-browser whether on a PC or a Mac. Being pay-per-user means that there is no need to pay for a subscription service - the cost can simply be passed onto the project. Being online means that there is no need to download and install any software.
The NBS digital tool to generate your building contract
These new building contracts are designed specifically to be simple, comprehensive and effective. They are written in plain English, fair to all parties, allow the project to be completed in sections and allows the contractor to design parts of the project.

To read what Stephen Hodder (RIBA President) and Jane Duncan (RIBA President-Elect) said about the contracts launch please see the press statement on

For a video interview with Dale Sinclair (RIBA Vice President for Practice and Profession) please see the website.
Find out all about the RIBA Building Contracts in three minutes
I'll do a blog post with a walk through of the software and also link to some sample contracts once the tool goes live in November. There'll also be a proper CPD session on the contracts and a demonstration of the software at Guerrilla Tactics at the RIBA.

...and of course, being in R+D I am naturally pro-digital, but the contracts can be bought in paper too.

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