Leicestershire LJCC Covering the Counties of Leicestershire & Rutland and the City of Leicester
L J C C HISTORY
Local Joint Consultative Committees (LJCCs) were originally set up under the auspices
of the NJCC and RJCC (the National and Regional Joint Consultative Committees for
Building) as part of a national hierarchy of members of the building industry committed
to the development and dissemination of best practice. The NJCC was originally set
up in 1954.
In 1969, the NJCC, in conjunction with the Ministry of Public Building and Works,
published the Code of Procedure for Selective Tendering 1969, which was the first
of a long line of practice guides published for the guidance of clients using the
industry and their professional advisors administering their projects.
By 1977, with the introduction of two-stage tendering procedures, this document was
republished as the Code of Procedure for Single Stage Selective Tendering 1977. By
this time the Ministry of Public Building and Works had been replaced by the Department
of the Environment and they collaborated in its production, together with the JCCs
in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
There followed Codes of Procedure for Tendering for Industrialised Building Projects
(1974), Two Stage Selective Tendering (1983) and Selective Tendering for Design and
Build (1985), the Code of Procedure for the Letting and Management of Domestic Sub-Contract
Works (1989) and the Selection of a Management Contractor and Works Contractors (1991).
These publications were augmented with nine Guidance Notes, twenty Procedure Notes
and two Tendering Questionnaires.
With the backing of these Codes, Guides and Procedure Notes, the LJCCs used to monitor
tendering procedures in the public and private sectors and, where necessary, used
to make representations to organisations that strayed from the recommended practices
- for example, the numbers of contractors included on tender lists was a frequent
The Leicestershire LJCC Committee used to send a representative to the Midlands Regional
Committee, meeting in Birmingham, and from Birmingham a representative used to serve
on the NJCC in London.
Following the national and regional patterns, the Leicestershire LJCC was originally
comprised of equal representation from the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects),
the RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) and the NFBTE/BEC (National Federation
of Building Trades Employers/Building Employers Confederation). In due course, the
NJCC membership was broadened to comprise the RIBA, RICS, BEC, ACE, (Association
of Consulting Engineers), FBSC (Federation of Building Specialist Contractors) and
the SECG (Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group). The Leicestershire group subsequently
broadened its membership to include one representative each from the structural and
services engineering consultancy fields, in addition to four each from the original
Architects, Surveyors and Builders.
Originally, the Leicestershire LJCC was administered by Michael Harris, the NFBTE’s
secretary, from their offices in New Walk, before he transferred to their Midlands
office at Federation House in Birmingham. For a time the NFBTE’s John Wholley then
serviced the group. Currently, Martyn Lane, of NFB (National Federation of Builders)
in Melbourne, supports the Group.
With the demise of the NJCC, the Regional Groups were no longer sustainable and the
Local Groups were left to decide their own fates. Having built up strong local support
and having introduced local Merit Awards for Craftsmanship schemes, the Leicestershire
LJCC has continued to promote best practice in the industry. As well as the annual
Craftsmanship Awards, the Leicestershire group now organises occasional site visits
and talks on a broad range of topics affecting the industry.
September 2004 - John A Townsend DipArb FRICS FCIArb