The JCT Minor Works Building Contract is designed for smaller, basic construction projects where the work is of a simple nature. Minor Works Building Contracts are suitable for projects procured via the traditional or conventional method. They are normally administered by the architect or a contract administrator.
The employer is responsible for the design, and this is usually supplied to the contractor by the architect or design team working on the employer’s behalf. If the appointed contractor is to be responsible for designing specific parts of the works, then a Minor Works Building Contract with contractor’s design must be used.
The employer (through its advisers) will also need to provide drawings, a specification, or work schedules to specify the quantity and quality of work at tender stage. When using the Minor Works Building Contract with contractor’s design, the employer must also detail the requirements for the parts of the works that the contractor is to be responsible for designing.
The Minor Works Building Contract is not suitable where the project is complex enough to require bills of quantities, detailed control procedures, or provisions to govern work carried out by named specialists.