As part of their ongoing publishing programme, the Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT) released the first batch of their ‘2016’ contracts towards the end of June. This included the Minor Works (MW) and the Minor Works with Contractor’s Design (MWD).

So what’s new? There’s a mixture of consolidation and new content in the two new MW contracts.

Some updating has come about as a result of the incorporation of some amendments issued since the contracts were last republished in 2011. This includes Amendment 1:2015, (which picked up changes resulting from the introduction of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015), and also the JCT Public Sector Supplement: 2011 – ‘Fair Payment, Transparency and Building Information Modelling’.

As noted in their earlier press release externallink, JCT have made some alterations to the payment and insurance provisions, with the intention of making both easier to manage.

The payment section has been reviewed and streamlined, with the introduction of the concept of interim valuation dates, and the removal of the two-monthly intervals between payments after practical completion, to make the contract better match the ‘Construction Act’ provisions.

The insurance provisions have also been revised, with the intention of making them more reflective of the options available in the marketplace.

What about NBS content?

  • NBS Preliminaries/ Project Management
    Content for these contracts has been reviewed and amended for inclusion in all of the NBS specification tools; NBS Binders and Discs, NBS Building and NBS Scheduler subscribers will all receive updates in mid to late July. Subscribers to NBS Create will also receive notification around the same time that new content is ready to download. The A20 sections in NBS Landscape Preliminaries have been updated to reflect the 2016 editions of the JCT Minor Works Building Contracts.
  • Preliminaries
    Sets for these contracts are included in NBS Domestic Specification. It is anticipated that an update including the changes will be available soon.
  • Contract Administration
    Template forms are produced for JCT contracts by RIBA Publishing. It is expected that once the whole range of JCT contracts is republished, the template forms will be reviewed. We will develop a plan for their inclusion within NBS Contract Administrator once available. The administrative procedures in 2016 versions of JCT so far issued can be accommodated using the 2011 forms, therefore customers can continue to use the 2011 forms within NBS Contract Administrator.


We are working hard to keep NBS tools and services up to date with the very latest versions of contracts. The first part of this for JCT 2016 is well under way.

For users of Scottish contracts or those who subscribe to NBS Landscape, you will be aware that SBCC and JCLI use JCT documents as the basis of their own contract forms.

We are in discussion with these publishers, and will update the NBS content as it relates to these forms as soon as possible after publication.

Watch this space for further announcements.

Buy JCT Contracts from RIBA Bookshops

JCT Minor Works Building Contract 2016 (MW) externallink
JCT Minor Works Building Contract with Contractor's Design 2016 (MWD) externallink
JCT Minor Works Sub-Contract with Sub-Contractor's Design 2016 (MWSub/D) externallink

Related support articles

We'll be creating support materials to support your transition to the new contracts. You may like to check out the following articles that cover using JCT 2016 within NBS Create: