Co-initiating new Early Contractor Involvement model
06 Jun 2019
International law firm Simmons & Simmons has teamed up with members of the Bouwgenootschap (a think tank of Duurzaam Gebouwd) to develop a new Dutch Early Contract Involvement agreement model (bouwteam).
Adapting Early Contractor Involvement ties in with the strong and growing need in the building industry for constructive and flexible employer and contractor collaboration. Technical, stakeholder and risk related challenges increase the complexity of construction projects. At the same time, sustainability and circularity are gaining importance. Such circumstances call for enhanced forms of construction contracting based on collaboration and a joint approach.
The new model uses that ambition as its guiding principle, steering towards active collaboration and transparency while taking the interests of both parties into account.
The initiative for the new model came from Simmons & Simmons managing associate, Andrea Chao and other members of the Bouwgenootschap. The result of their effort was presented during a joint-session at the firm’s Amsterdam office, which was attended by nearly 200 people.
This initiative showcases how the firm’s wider real estate and projects team, in the Netherlands (led by partners, Luc Cohen and Rob Hendriks), contributes to developments within the market.
Simmons & Simmons, managing associate, Andrea Chao comments: "In essence, involving contractors during the design phase can significantly increase the chances of projects being completed on time, within budget and without disputes."
If you would like to know more about Early Contractor Involvement, please get in touch with Andrea Chao.
The model (in Dutch) is now open for consultation and can be downloaded for free