Rights, obligations and procedures
The Public Sector Partnering Contract (PSPC) is a suite of straightforward contracts which set out the basic rights and obligations of the contracting Partners making it clear which party carries the essential elements of risk.
Fundamental contractual procedures, such as those for start, completion, valuation and payment are written into the contracts. The partnering team is then required to agree additional procedures to suit its own requirements. This dramatically improves productivity by promoting a proactive approach and eliminates the problem of being burdened with unnecessary or inappropriate contractual procedures.
Prestart Agreement (Option 10)
The Prestart Agreement provides a contractual arrangement for early appointment of the Contractor prior to execution of the main contract where the works would benefit from early Contractor involvement.
The prestart phase is intended to maximise opportunities for incorporating the Contractor’s specialist skills and expertise during the design development process and for working together to develop and agree the Target Price where applicable.
Although unusual, there may be projects where the Contractor appointed under the main contract differs from the Contractor that provides services under the Prestart Agreement.
The Prestart Agreement may also be used with members of the supply chain other than the main Contractor, such as key Subcontractors and Consultants who can add value to development of the design and/or Target Price.