Construction leaders push pledge to avoid conflict

Aaron Morby 2 years ago
Share

The industry’s leaders have backed the widespread adoption of a conflict avoidance pledge for use by main contractors and clients.

The Construction Leadership Council is pushing the scheme set up by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as concern grows that coronavirus related delays and productivity constraints could see many firms heading for the courts to resolve contract disputes once the industry is back on its feet.

Under the pledge, clients and contractors commit to implementing conflict avoidance measures in their contracts and on site.

Andy Mitchell, Chair of the Construction Leadership Council, said: “The CLC fully endorses the Conflict Avoidance Pledge.

“Preventing the escalation of problems with the delivery of construction projects into disputes is in the best interests of the whole supply chain, and will save the industry significant time and money.

“The Pledge has already delivered measurable results for those organisations that have used it, and we hope others will adopt it, and help to build a more collaborative and stronger industry.”

The Conflict Avoidance Procedure (CAP) helps firms avoid disputes and agree a settlement by mediating discussions, providing impartial and objective assessments of the issues, recommendations for bases for settlement and providing expert advice.

Some of the main contractors signed up

  • Alun Griffiths (Contractors)
  • Amey
  • Balfour Beatty Rail
  • Buckingham Group Contracting
  • Colas Rail
  • Costain
  • Crummock Surfacing
  • D&D Rail
  • Huyton Asphalt
  • Morgan Sindall
  • Murphy
  • Skanska
  • Southbay Civil Engineering
  • Story Contracting
  • Volker Fitzpatrick
  • Volker Rail

The pledge was drawn up by the surveyors body to reduce the financial cost of disputes and help projects be delivered on time and in budget.

The Conflict Avoidance Pledge


  • We believe in collaborative working and the use of early intervention techniques throughout the supply chain, to try to resolve differences of opinion before they escalate into disputes.
  • We recognise the importance of embedding conflict avoidance mechanisms into projects with the aim of identifying, controlling and managing potential conflict, whilst preventing the need for formal, adversarial dispute resolution procedures.
  • We commit our resources to embedding these into our projects.
  • We commit to working proactively to avoid conflict and to facilitate early resolution of potential disputes.
  • We commit to developing our capability in the early identification of potential disputes and in the use of conflict avoidance measures. We will promote the value of collaborative working to prevent issues developing into disputes.
  • We commit to work with our industry partners to identify, promote and utilise conflict avoidance mechanisms.

Latest news

SMEs dominate £650m northern housing upkeep framework

37 firms picked for En Procure social housing upkeep deal
4 hours ago

Government plan to ban poorly performing firms advances

Firms with a track record of poor delivery, fraud or corruption will be blocked from winning public contracts
12 hours ago

Construction output shows fastest rise in four months

Commercial sector leads the way as buyers report strong industry rebound in November
16 hours ago

Energy prices to drive second wave of materials cost hikes

Arcadis predicts further brick, glass, cement and concrete price hikes in 2022
19 hours ago

Go-ahead for £180m Milton Keynes tower scheme

Work set to start next year on central Milton Keynes landmark scheme
19 hours ago

Fit-out firm BW forecasts return to growth next year

South east contractor predicts workload recovery next year
18 hours ago

Builder jailed after demolishing wall on colleague

Court imposes prison sentence for gross negligence manslaughter
19 hours ago

Union officials face new probe into blacklist collusion

Unite gathering evidence for QC-led inquiry
19 hours ago

University to offer courses in concrete road repairs

New generation needed as 60% of concrete specialists set to retire in next ten years
18 hours ago

HS2 launches first Midlands TBM

BBV launches Dorothy on first one-mile long bore in Warwickshire
4 days ago

Construction slavery gang busted – five convicted

Romanian victims were promised £50 a day to work on site but were saddled with false debts
5 days ago

New chief named for O’Connor Utilities group

Michael Hughes was formely chief financial officer at Issa brothers owned EG Group
4 days ago

Multiplex aims for woman-led teams at one in 10 projects

Social equity manifesto to tackle lack of female leadership, excessive hours and slow payments
4 days ago

Trio shortlisted for third £115m A9 dualling project

Balfour, Graham and Wills Bros in chase for 9.6km Tomatin to Moy dualling
5 days ago

Plan for £2bn Edinburgh West Town

7,000 homes plan for 200-acre site in West Edinburgh
5 days ago

Morgan Sindall starts £31m Leeds resi scheme

Work starts on 16-storey stepped Springwell Gardens apartment block
5 days ago

Race starts for £200m M5 Junction 10 Improvements

Cheltenham junction upgrade will see new roundabout built above the motorway
5 days ago

New boss at Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick

Will Smith joins from consultant Cummins
5 days ago

Contractors battle Storm Arwen to replace rail bridge

BAM Nuttall, Atkins WSP Joint Venture successfully completes marathon 78-hour installation
5 days ago

Bids called for £835m South London council estate upgrade

London Borough of Southwark is on the hunt for four firms to deliver housing estate upgrades
5 days ago

Willmott Dixon to build £21m net zero Preston school

Tarleton Academy will be net zero in operation
5 days ago

Veteran pair leave Currie & Brown

End of an era as David Broomer and Euan McEwan retire
5 days ago

Balfour Beatty launches neurodiverse site cabins

Cabins adapted for visually impaired and light-sensitive builders will become standard on Balfour sites
6 days ago

26 firms win £7bn schools framework – full list

B&K, Willmott Dixon, BAM, Kier and Wates chalk up both northern and southern major project lots
6 days ago

French specialist Matière to install HS2 cut and cover tunnels

Stanton Precast wins pre-cast segment deal for 'green tunnels'
6 days ago

Scottish house builder buys rival for £56m

Springfield buys Tulloch Homes to expand presence in the Highlands
6 days ago

Wates wins contract for underground houses

Construction to start next year on earth sheltered homes in Battle, East Sussex
6 days ago

VAT dodging electrician banned for five years

Company director barred after Insolvency Service probe
7 days ago

£11m in extra brownfield grants awarded – list

Twenty-three sites receive brownfield funding in second tranche of grants
7 days ago

GMI lands £30m helicopter logistic hub

Building work starts on Yeovil hub for manufacturer Leonardo
7 days ago

Contractor services