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Director Appointed To NEC Contract Board

27 August 2014

Costain’s Matthew Garratt has joined the *NEC Contract Board, an organisation which manages a family of contracts that promotes the implementation of sound project management principles and practices.

Matthew joined Costain in 2012 as Project Commercial Director for the London Bridge Station Redevelopment project working with Network Rail.  He is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with an interest and enthusiasm for collaborative working and dispute avoidance. He was an NEC Panel member for five-years prior to this appointment to the NEC Contract Board.

The NEC is used to procure a diverse range of works, services and supply, spanning major framework projects through to minor works and purchasing of supplies and goods. The implementation of NEC3 contracts has resulted in major benefits for projects both nationally and internationally in terms of time, cost savings and improved quality, notably the 2012 Olympic Games and the on-going Crossrail works.

“It is a great privilege to be involved centrally in the development and support of NEC contracts and it’s a fantastic endorsement of Costain’s reputation and professionalism. We have many in-house experts in the use and understanding of NEC contracts and I am delighted to be involved. I am really interested in engaging with any NEC-related agenda, and to take the views of users and practitioners that I work with and speak to into my NEC discussions,” said Matthew.

NEC3 comes with the full endorsement of the Construction Clients' Board at the UK Cabinet Office, which recommends the use of NEC3 on all public sector construction projects.

*Originally launched in 1993 and known then as the 'New Engineering Contract', the NEC was praised for its collaborative and integrated working approach to procurement. Now in its third edition, the NEC3 contains many improvements and a number of new documents, including term service and framework contracts. The Term Service Short Contract followed in 2008, and in 2010 it added the NEC3 Supply Contract and the Supply Short Contract.

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