Further to recent review, the CIP Scaffolding Contract has been updated for reissue by Construction Industry Publications (CIP) in June 2018.
The document was originally developed by the NASC (National Access & Scaffolding Confederation) in conjunction with the CLG (Contractors Legal Group), which is the umbrella group for main contractors, and was first published by CIP in 2014.
It is set out as a form of contract for the erection, hire and dismantling of scaffolding, and is considered appropriate for use by CLG members and also by members of the National Federation of Builders and the Scottish Building Federation.
The 2018 version includes amended Schedules of Rates tables taken from the NASC’s recently updated guidance note CG11:17 Preparation of Schedules of Rates, and the opportunity has also been taken to update references to TG20 Good Practice Guidance for Tube and Fitting Scaffolding.
The contract is gaining traction with contractors in the construction industry who are increasingly recognising it as a default document when agreeing terms and conditions with scaffolding contractors.
David Brown, NASC Contracts Committee Chair and Commercial Director of IBN Scaffold Access Ltd, said: “The Scaffolding Contract allows both parties to manage the Scaffolding Works in a proactive and collaborative manner. The Contract is set out to ensure that there is clarity for all as to what is and what is not included within the Scaffolding Works package.
“We believe the Scaffolding Contract represents both parties fairly and can be easily adopted within the construction industry.”
Robin James, NASC Managing Director, added: “It’s pleasing to note that the work of the NASC Contracts Committee is finding its way into standard forms of contract. This small but dedicated group of member representatives brings considerable expertise to reviews of contractual guidance, also the development of new guidance.
“Nothing stands still in construction and scaffolding contractors need to remain alert to changes in contractual matters if they are to remain competitive.”