The Joint Contracts Tribunal has published a new contract for pre-construction services, which comes in two versions..

1) The Pre-Construction Services Agreement (General Contractor) is designed for the interim appointment of a general contractor for pre-construction services under a two-stage tendering procedure. The appointment follows first stage tenders and covers the period leading up to the contractor’s submission of a definitive second stage tender and entry into the main contract for construction.

2) The Pre-Construction Services Agreement (Specialist) is designed for the interim appointment of a specialist to carry out pre-construction services for either the employer or the actual or prospective main contractor. This version is likely to be used on substantial or complex projects prior to entry into sub-contracts for construction or installation work.