When the employer has drawings and specifications prepared there are two main types of construction contract he can use in the UK to get the works built the ICE Conditions of Contract (the ICE conditions) or the ICE Engineering and Construction Contract (the ECC conditions). These have been described in Sections 4.2(a) and 4.2(f).
The ICE conditions have been used for construction of works for many years, are comprehensive in their provisions, and are still the most widely used conditions. The ECC conditions for the construction of works are not so extensive and detailed as the ICE conditions, and the FIDIC conditions for construction of works overseas are very similar in terms to the ICE conditions.
Hence the provisions of the ICE conditions are fully described below, and any different provisions of the ECC or FIDIC conditions are noted in this chapter or later.