CICV Forum gives backing to sector’s new Conflict Avoidance Pledge

Alan Wilson

The CICV Forum has added its weight to the campaign for more collaborative working within the construction industry by signing up to the Conflict Avoidance Pledge (CAP).

A joint initiative by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Institution of Civil Engineers and other professional bodies in the built environment, the CAP aims to use early intervention techniques to try and resolve differences of opinion before they escalate into disputes.

By signing up, organisations vow to work proactively to avoid conflict, facilitate early resolution of potential disputes and promote collaborative working.

Alan Wilson, Forum chair and MD of SELECT said, “We are delighted to sign the Pledge and add the Forum’s name to its signatories page. Disputes in the construction industry cost billions of pounds, causes immeasurable harm to business relationships and reputations, and are extremely slow and difficult to resolve. Such problems mean that projects are frequently delivered behind schedule and over budget, which adds further strain to an already stressful industry.

“By joining others to encourage collaborative working and the use of early intervention techniques, we can help the construction industry perform better when restart eventually happens.”

A number of leading UK bodies have pledged to reduce the cost of conflict and deliver major projects on time and on budget.

The Conflict Avoidance Coalition Steering Group has developed a toolkit which offers a guide to best practice, tips for implementation and other tools to effectively apply the Pledge within an organisation.