RICS draft guidance note - Subcontracting (1st edition)

Glossary

ACA

Association of Consultant Architects

CA

Architect/contract administrator

CECA

Civil Engineering Contractors Association

Construction Act

The Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, as modified by the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009

Contract sum

The sum to be paid by the employer to the main contractor under the main contract for carrying out the main contract works

Employer

The person who employs the main contractor to carry out and complete the main contract works

FIDIC

Fédération Internationale des Ingénieurs-Conseils (International Federation of Consulting Engineers)

ICE

Institution of Civil Engineers

ITT

Invitation to tender

JCT

The Joint Contracts Tribunal Limited

JCT DBSub 2016

JCT Design and Build Sub-Contract 2016

Main contract

The contract between the employer and the main contractor, under which the main contractor is employed to carry out and complete the main contract works

Main contractor

The person contracted by the employer to carry out and complete the main contract works under the main contract, and who employs the subcontractor to carry out and complete the subcontract works

Main contract works

The works to be carried out and completed by the main contractor under the main contract

NEC4 ECS

NEC Engineering and Construction Subcontract, fourth edition, June 2017

Step-down clause

A clause included in a subcontract under which the subcontractor agrees to observe, perform and comply with the main contractor's obligations under the main contract as they apply to the subcontract works

Subcontract

The subcontract between the main contractor and the subcontractor under which the main contractor employs the subcontractor to carry out and complete the subcontract works

Subcontractor

The person the main contractor employs to carry out and complete the subcontract works under the subcontract

Subcontract package

A package of work (part of the main contract works) that is open to tenders from potential subcontractors

Subcontract works

The works to be carried out and completed by the subcontractor under the subcontract, which form part of the main contract works

Sub-subcontract

A contract between the subcontractor and a sub-subcontractor, under which the subcontractor employs the sub-subcontractor to carry out and complete part of the subcontract works

Sub-subcontractor

A person the subcontractor employs to carry out and complete the sub-subcontract works

Sub-subcontract works

The works to be carried out and completed by the sub-subcontractor under the sub-subcontract, which form part of the subcontract works