News Archive

PPC/TPC User Conference 2012
Trowers & Hamlins win law firm of the year
Erimus PPC2000 programme 'Commended'
PPC2000 Project wins prime minister's better public building award 2006
Procurement awards for Hackney Homes team
PPC2000 Conference Birmingham
Decent Homes Refurbmishment
Academy Projects - Some of them are successful
PPC2000 brings results for Hackney
TPC2005 Goes Public
Solve the problem of one-sided liability clauses
PPC2000 – for when the going gets tough
Enthusiasm – the difference between success and failure
Gobbledegook or plain English?
Early praise for PPC2000

PPC/TPC User Conference 2012

This year's Conference will be held on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th October 2012 in Brighton. Tuesday 9th October will be a full day of keynote sessions and workshops and there will be the presentation of the second PPC/TPC Award For Innovation in Partnering on Monday 8th October at a gala dinner.

Booking will open in July and you can use the online booking form. Speakers and the booking brochure will be available shortly. If you wish to be kept informed, log into this News page regularly or register your interest with us by emailing us on: office@acarchitects.co.uk.

PPC/TPC Awards 2012

Following the great success of last year's awards, we are delighted to announce that we will be running the awards scheme again.

If you are interested in submitting an award and would like information on the shortlisted awards in 2011 download the booklet which details the wide range and exceedingly high quality applications received last year from here.

Booking forms are available to download from: Practitioner award Student award

Congratulations to Trowers & Hamlins!

Trowers & Hamlins, the City and international law firm has won the prestigious “Law Firm of the Year” award at the “The Lawyer Awards 2007”.  This award is seen as the most glittering prize at the legal profession’s equivalent of the Oscars.

The award was made in recognition of the strengths of Trowers & Hamlins’ Corporate, Middle East, Real Estate and Social Housing practices.  The judges described Trowers & Hamlins’ performance in the Middle East as “barnstorming”, its finance practice as a “hidden jewel” and its social housing practice as having had a “stellar performance”.

As well as winning The Law Firm of the Year Award Trowers & Hamlins were also short listed for Real Estate Team of the Year Award for their work on the US $1.5b Bahrain Bay construction project which is the first ever use of project partnering in the Middle East.

PPC2000 International and SPC2000 International are currently being trialled by Trowers in the Middle East and it is hoped that these international versions of the project partnering contracts will be published shortly.

Erimus PPC2000 programme 'Commended' - see new case study under PPC2000 Case studies

Erimus Housing's £105 million five year programme has received recognition from Constructing Excellence in the North East, being commended in the Integration and Collaborative Working Category at the 2007 awards. Erimus' programme, with Erimus Building Services (the in-house constructor), ROK and Dunelm Property Services is now in its third year, and has proved to be a successful partnering approach. A detailed case study follows shortly.

PPC2000 Project wins prime minister's better public building award 2006

The City of London Academy at Bermondsey has won this year's Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award prompting a senior government adviser to say that he would like to see it "replicated 200 times".

This challenging project, on a difficult site, achieved architectural excellence and met ambitious environmental targets, proving the value of collaborative working under the PPC2000 form of contract during both the pre-construction and construction phases.

Peter Snowdon, Project Director, City of London together with Mark Lowman principal project manager and Ian Smith, commercial manager of Willmott Dixon, the Contractor, presented a workshop at the recent PPC2000 User Group conference in Birmingham.  They covered the collaborative journey under PPC2000 - warts and all - and a full article on this workshop will appear in the next PPC User Group newsletter which will be posted to this website in due course.  (see Services section and PPCUser Group)

Procurement awards for Hackney Homes team

Hackney's widely acclaimed Decent Homes Phase II programme has made big savings by purchasing in volume via five concurrent contracts.  Co-ordinating the five main Constructors was simplified by making all responsible for keeping to PPC2000's timetables for the pre-construction and construction phases......

PPC2000 conference    *** 5th OCTOBER - BIRMINGHAM *** "PPC2000:  Winning Teams and Full Results "

Sir Michael Latham and Don Ward of Constructing Excellence delivered keynote speeches at the 2nd annual conference organised for PPC2000/TPC2005 Users and held at Aston Villa Football Conference Centre in Birmingham on Thursday 5th October.  Together with the keynote speeches, a number of workshops were offered by members of the PPC2000 Steering Group offered covering live projects involving PPC2000 or TPC2005.  The conference proved popular and plans are in progress for this working conference to become an annual event.

The PPC User Group Conference 'Partnering for a Sustainable Future' was held on Wednesday 3 October 2007 with Digby, Lord Jones of Birmingham delivering the keynote speech. David Mosey of Trowers & Hamlins outlined current developments in the use of the PPC project partnering contracts and further details of the conference will be released in due course to PPC User Group Members through the PPCUG Newsletter and then posted to this website at the PPCUG Membership section under 'Services' on this site.

£23M REFURBISHMENT OF 2500 DWELLINGS TO DECENT HOMES STANDARD

Sectionalised PPC assists delivery of Decent Homes - exceptionally high satisfaction scores show that tenants appreciate the care being taken by Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation (TMO) in the delivery of the Decent Homes work.

ACADEMY PROJECTS - SOME OF THEM ARE SUCCESSFUL!

David Mosey of Trowers & Hamlins responds to recent negative press in Building Magazine regarding failed or overspent Academy Projects.....he writes: "The City of London Academy (Southwark) sponsored by the Corporation of London was completed on time and to budget, despite a last minute change of site, using project partnering under PPC2000.  The Project was recognised as a DfES exemplar and won the DTI/Constructing Excellence Medium Sized Project of the Year in the "Quality in Construction" Awards 2006. The building has 90% natural ventilation, with classrooms lit by daylight for nine months of the year, and its sustainability achievements were praised in a speech at the school by Jonathan Porritt. The Corporation is sponsoring two further Academy Projects using the same collaborative approach."  

See CASE STUDY in PPC2000 Case Studies.

PPC2000 brings results for Hackney

Phase 2 of the London Borough of Hackney's PPC2000 based Decent Homes programme has been instrumental in its widespread recognition of best practice.  Not only have the Council been shortlisted for a procurement award by the Local Government Chronicle, achieved Exemplar Status from Construction Excellence and Construction Client Charter Status, they recently received the Society of Procurement Officers (SOPO) award for outstanding achievement in best practice.  A detailed case study follows shortly.

TPC2005 goes public

ACA’s new partnering contract for term works and services

Sir Michael Latham
Sir Michael Latham at TPC2005 launch
The wait is over. TPC2005, previously available only via its authors (the construction lawyers Trowers & Hamlins) was unveiled for the whole industry by Sir Michael Latham at London’s Building Centre on 31 March 2005. Sir Michael predicted that TPC2005 would be an important contract for maintenance and services in the public and private sectors, especially for social housing. TPC2005, the ACA Standard Form of Contract for Term Partnering, evolved from the widely adopted PPC2000 (ACA’s Project Partnering Contract) and has been under trial since 2001.

Speakers at the launch included Tyron Stalberg of London Borough of Greenwich, Chris Blundell of Maidstone Housing Trust, Peter Sharman of Welwyn Hatfield District Council, Darren Pace of Mears and Steve Roots of Gleeds. All have used development versions of TPC and their case studies confirmed how taking a partnering approach to term maintenance not only increased efficiency, but cut down on disputes and saved money. Tyron Stalberg said: “The key in TPC2005 is the communication strategy. It prescribes mechanisms for communications and at what level, and it helps all members of the partnership to concentrate on key issues.” Peter Sharman backed Stalberg, adding: “Trust in the team and ongoing communication is a valuable consequence of this contract.”

After thanking the authors and publishers for taking his comments into account in the final version, Sir Michael then set out the ground rules of partnering under TPC2005. “The heart of this contract is in Clauses 1 and 2 – that this contract is entered into in a spirit of trust and fairness – and specifically the concept of early warning. Seeing a problem arising and preventing it from arising in the first place is the antithesis of what we meet in traditional contracts.”

Also at the launch was John Wright, architect, who proposed the idea of PPC2000 when he was President of ACA and Chair of the Partnering Task Force at the Construction Industry Council. He thanked David Mosey and his team of co-authors at Trowers & Hamlins for the enormous efforts they have put into developing ACA’s contracts for partnering, culminating in this latest offering, TPC2005.

Solve the problem of one-sided liability clauses

Mark Bull, Construction Contracts Consultant, said in Construction News (27 May 2004):

In my experience specialist subcontractors normally complain about the standard contractual approach of some main contractors, which has not been fundamentally ameliorated by Part II of the Construction Act.

If more main contractors actually practised what they preach in the media then their use of standard form partnering contracts, such as PPC2000, would largely solve the problem of one-sided and detrimental liability clauses.

(Reproduced with permission of the Editor, Construction News.)

PPC2000 – for when the going gets tough

Building (10 May 2002) reports:

Having already had one nightmare with a housing block refurbishment, Hackney Council wasn’t about to make the same mistakes.

David Harrison, a partner at QS Leonard Stace, stresses the importance of programme sequencing for success, in particular the need to allow for problems decanting difficult residents. This meant that the specialists had to be closely involved in contingency planning. ‘We wanted to build transparency into the programme,’ he explains. ‘We needed the concrete specialists on board early in case we needed to rejig the programme; they would know whether these changes were achievable.’ A close-knit team with a common objective – which PPC2000 was drafted to encourage – was the only way this approach could work.

The big test for the partnering approach occurred with a cut-through that was to be made in the middle of Rogate House to create two separate blocks. Some residents refused to move, and the problem was compounded because accommodation for them was not ready. This led to a disastrous 20-week delay, which was then cut down to six weeks through clever sequencing. This flexibility meant the financial penalty was small. John Carroll, Hackney’s regeneration manager, breathes a sigh of relief:"This has not cost us anything; with a traditional contract this would have cost us a fortune while the contractor sat around twiddling his thumbs.’ The team is unanimous that things would have got very contractual if this had not been a partnering project.

(Reproduced with permission of the Editor, Building.)

Enthusiasm – the difference between success and failure

Andrew Helmsley of consultants Cyril Sweet writes in Building (4 May 2001):

Whatever you may think of it, clients are using PPC2000, which makes the role of Partnering Adviser crucial to a project’s success.

The role can be neatly separated into two distinct types of advice. First, contract and legal advice, writing ancillary contracts to the main partnering agreement and assisting with disputes. Second, and more important, the provision of strategic partnering advice to help navigate the best way through the partnering process.

The key to the success of a partnering project, certainly when the client and team are new to partnering, is having someone involved who will champion partnering and who can bring enthusiasm, drive and knowledge of partnering to the project.

So how should you choose your partnering advisor? Well, do the boring stuff. Check them thoroughly and vet their track record by all means. Make sure they have experience and the tools to do the job. Take references if you want. But most important, talk to them. See if you can feel their enthusiasm – that is what will make the difference between success and failure.

(Reproduced with permission of the Editor, Building.)

Gobbledegook or plain English?

Michael Phillips of Thurston Consultants writes in Construction Law (February 2001):

It is difficult to describe PPC2000, with its plethora of new terms, without appearing to poke fun at them. That certainly is not the intention.

The presentation, with its lack of complex numbering and multiple insets, shows how a contract can be clearly and plainly drafted. Perhaps this and the novelty of terms will finally persuade die-hards that the contract is not something to put into the drawer until there is trouble.

(Reproduced with permission of the Editor, Construction Law.)

Early praise for newborn PPC2000

Building Magazine editorial (8 September 2000):

The industry’s first standard partnering contract will be launched next week. It seems bizarre to use legal clauses to govern relationships based on trust. But this is construction.

What is so impressive about the partnering contract, published by the Association of Consultant Architects, is that is encourages clients to bring every team member on board at the outset and ensures that everyone signs up to the design before work starts on site. There are also neat mechanisms for ensuring that relations run smoothly and for nipping disputes in the bud.

Of course, there’s a risk that any contract will turn into just another pay-day for lawyers – particularly one like this, written in non-legalistic language. But it is this accessibility that will appeal to hitherto sceptical clients such as local authorities, which are already piloting the form.

(Reproduced with permission of the Editor, Building.)