|The Association of Consultant Architects|
ACA publish a number of key documents used extensively by the building profession. The latest are:
PPC2000 (Amended 2013) ISBN : 9781901171433
The popular ACA Project Partnering contract PPC2000 has just been amended in a 2013 version.
This version includes:
ACA SFA 2012 and the RIBA Plan of Work 2013
The Royal Institute of British Architects in May 2013 issued a major revision to the RIBA Plan of Work (PoW 2013), the sequencing of tasks necessary to design and monitor the construction of a building. Whilst PoW 2013 usefully organises tasks in each work stage into 'task bars': core objectives, procurement, programme, planning, etc, this seemingly laudable attempt to address changes in building industry practice including the proliferation of construction procurement methods, BIM, sustainability, etc is, in the ACA's view, flawed. Leaving aside the confusing change from alphabetically named stages to numerical ones, the major mistake is, simply stated, that PoW 2013 compresses work stages D through H into one stage, 4. This reduces the number of natural fee invoicing points and client reviews during the all important design development/production information stage.
We hope that you will be able to include this as a revised Services Schedule in your client agreements until ACA SFA can be more fully updated.
ACA SFA 2012 - A new edition of the every popular Architect's appointment document ACA SFA was released in October 2012 in a 2012 edition which includes Bribery Act and Construction Act amendments. This is now available from the ACA.
The English version is now available at £22 per copy or £20 per copy when two or more copies are purchased. The background to this established publication is available in the SFA stop press in 'Tasters'.
For a full sample 'worked' copy of this Appointment document go to 'Tasters'
Why Chose ACA SFA?
The principal differences between the ACA form and the RIBA Standard/Concise forms are:
1. The ACA form is bound into one booklet with removable notes and model letters whilst the RIBA forms both have several booklets
2. The schedules of services and of fees and expenses are more comprehensive in the ACA form and are bound into the form itself
3. The Concise Agreement does not protect the Architect charging a percentage fee when the Client reduces in the brief (as does the ACA form). As the project progresses, percentage fees for earlier stages are adjusted in retrospect as the construction cost estimates vary over time and is finally calculated on the cost of the final works. Thus, work already done on the more expensive scheme prior to the reduction would attract a lower fee than had the reduction not been instructed. Therefore, an Architect using the Concise Agreement might wish to add a clause in the appointment letter saying, ‘If the Client were to instruct during the performance of the Services an alteration to the brief resulting in a reduction in the estimated construction cost, the percentage Fee shall be calculated on the basis that the Fee for work carried out before this instruction is based on the brief prior to this instruction.’
4. The ACA form has been amended to cover the new Construction Act and Bribery Act requirements.
There is a PPC2000 dedicated website at www.ppc2000.co.uk for further information on ACA's partnering contracts. To learn more about the range of projects that have been procured using PPC2000 and TPC2005 download the free publication which features 28 case studies. 10 Years of PPC2000
A Scottish suite of documents in the PPC Suite is also being drafted.
The Government passed an order confirming that 1st October 2011 was the date for the long anticipated implementation of the new Construction Act. The new Act appplies to ACA's entire range of Partnering Contracts and the majority of its Appointment documents and other contracts. These documents will need to be revised to show the requirements of the new Act which relate to the way that payment and dispute resolution provisions are dealt with and operated.
PPC/TPC HGCRA Amendments
Details of the amendments to the PPC, TPC and SPC Partnering Contracts can be found on our dedicated website: http://www.ppc2000.co.uk/news.html
ACA SFA 2010 Amendments
The following amendments must be incorporated into ACA SFA 2010 in order to comply with the Bribery and LDEDC Acts.
ACA Form of Building Agreement Amendments
The following amendments must be incorporated into the ACA Form of Building Agreement to comply with the Bribery and LDEDC Acts.
ACA Publications available at 2013:
Fuller Descriptions and some 'Tasters' of the main ACA documents are supplied on this website at 'Tasters' in this Publication section. Order documents via this website on the Order Form supplied or ring 020 8466 9079
Architects, Chartered Architects and Architectural Derivatives - A guide to who should help with your building project
To help your clients understand the difference between architects, architectural technicians, architectural technologists and other classifications of design professionals, the ACA in collaboration with the ARB, CIAT and RIAS have produced an information leaflet which can be downloaded from here.