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NEC helps Lima deliver successful Pan-American Games 

16 August 2019

A host of new sporting venues were delivered in the Peruvian capital on time and within budget using the NEC contract.

NEC helps Lima deliver successful Pan-American Games 

Sportspeople from across the Americas competed in the Pan-American Games in Lima at venues which were constructed with the help of the NEC contracts.

The construction works were built efficiently, transparently and quickly thanks to the NEC procurement methodology.

The New Engineering Contract (NEC) was originally created by Dr Martin Barnes, Fellow of ICE. NEC Contracts are wholly owned and published by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

In Lima, the NEC3: ECC Option F contract was used to provide support for project management and tendering for infrastructure works for the games.

The contract enabled tighter collaboration between clients and contractors. Its built-in dispute handling procedures enable the swift resolution of issues which could otherwise jeopardise project timelines and included the options of incentive payments helping to drive down overall projects costs and improve delivery timelines.

It also promoted innovation and compliance with ethical standards.

For the delivery of the construction works, the Peruvian government signed a delivery partner agreement with the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) in April 2017 to provide support on the delivery of around £400 million of venues and facilities for the games using NEC contracts.

DIT engaged Arup and Mace to provide technical and construction management support, respectively.

Lima 2019 Executive Secretary Amalia Moreno was delighted with the outcome and said learning from NEC provided a legacy for future procurement: “The investment has not only been in infrastructure, but in human capital, comprised by the collaborators and the thousands of volunteers.

"They have given their time and energy to be part of this project, which is now a reality and will have as legacy the transfer of knowledge thanks to the government-to-government agreement and the NEC contract model.”

  • Simon Barney, head of communications at ICE