NEC, the producers of the construction industry’s leading procurement contract suite, have with IWFM today launched the new set of NEC4 Facilities Management contracts designed specifically for the procurement of FM services.
The suite consists of four contracts, six user guides and two flow charts with introductory training from NEC.
It is designed to cover a range of FM procurement and delivery strategies from total FM and integrated FM service contracts through to managing contractor FM contracts and single and/or multiple supplier FM contracts.
NEC and IWFM have been working together on the suite for three years, deploying workshops with IWFM members and consultations with stakeholders, in particular the IWFM’s international and procurement special interest groups.
The aim of the suite is to “offer more integrated and consistent procurement strategies, add value to the supply chain and develop stronger, more collaborative, relationships and ways of working”.
Rekha Thawrani, global head of NEC, expects the suite to provide the FM industry with more consistent procurement strategies.
“The feedback we have had since prepublication editions of the contracts was launched in January has been very encouraging, with interest from across the sector,” said Thawrani.
For the IWFM, chief executive Linda Hausmanis said that workplace and facilities managers “have long wanted a dedicated contract that meets our profession’s and the sector’s specific needs”.
“The NEC4 FMC suite is rooted in collaboration and ‘bakes in’ a number of principles for best practice in procurement, which is fundamentally important to our profession’s advancement. It is a key tool for embedding best practice that can help our profession to thrive and grow.
“Today’s full launch of the contract suite marks the conclusion of a three-year journey of collaboration between IWFM and the NEC. Our special thanks go to our expert Steering Group, members of which were drawn from IWFM’s Procurement and International SIGs, as they played an instrumental role in its development.”
IWFM procurement SIG chair Anne Kinder added: “Common ground is generally a good starting point to any relationship and this is exactly what the contract offers both clients and service providers.”
“Our experience at Nodus in supporting clients in procuring and managing FM services suggests that the consistency that an FM-specific, industry-standard contract will bring to our sector will also drive improvements in contract management – something that we should all welcome.”
IWFM members can log in to read Facilitate's March/April 2021 feature about the gestation and hopes for the NEC4 FM contract suite.
The full suite includes:
- The Facilities Management Contract (FMC), to be used by a client to appoint a provider to manage and deliver any type of facilities management services.
- The Facilities Management Subcontract (FMS), which can be used by an FM provider to appoint a subcontractor to help deliver its service.
- The Facilities Management Short Contract (FMSC), which can be used to appoint an FM provider to deliver any type of straightforward, low-risk services which do not require sophisticated management techniques, and the accompanying…
- ...Facilities Management Short Subcontract (FMSS), which covers the same services for subcontractors.
Practice notes covering specific geographic and FM themes will continue to be published over the coming months. The final editions of the contracts will be available from the NEC website and further information can be found here.