ICE Covid-19 policy

External and membership Communications Update – 01 October, 2020

ICE continues to monitor the developing situation in relation to the global spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19).

We are working hard to ensure that the Institution minimises the risk from Coronavirus as far as is possible. We strongly advise members to keep themselves up to date on the latest travel and health advice from their relevant governments.

The latest UK advice can be found on Gov.uk.

For our international members we recommend that you seek out advice for your specific country. The World Health Organisation website also has a running update on the situation.

One Great George Street and ICE offices

One Great George Street is open in a limited capacity following extensive testing by ICE’s Building Services Team earlier this year to ensure that the building is safe to occupy. Alongside testing, the team have been working to implement a set of new procedures which will allow visitors to maintain social distancing in a safe and sanitized environment.

The building is open from 08:00hrs – 18:00hrs, Mon – Fri and members are able to use the Members Resource Hub which is open from 10:00hrs-15:00hrs daily.

Visitors will be given a briefing upon arrival and are asked to pay attention to the signage around the building to ensure everyone’s safety. As of Thursday 1 October, One Great George Street are complying with UK Government advice to support the NHS Test & Trace programme by keeping temporary records of customers and visitors for 21 days, in order to provide data if needed and help contain clusters or outbreaks.

We will implement the NHS QR Code that can be scanned by using the NHS App for all staff, clients and members coming into One Great George Street to register their details on, as condition of entry to the building.

All data will be held and passed on strictly in accordance with GDPR regulations.

One Great George Street is now open for events, albeit with significantly reduced capacities. Most of the Events Team are still working remotely and will be available to answer queries in the usual manner.
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Most ICE staff continue to work from home and this will continue until further notice as we continue to monitor Government advice, although a limited number of desks have been made available for staff who are having difficulty working from home and have no other alternative. One Great George Street is not currently open for bookings but will be available as soon as restrictions are further relaxed, and we will update this page when further information is available.

ICE-hosted events

We are not introducing any steps beyond those advised by the UK Government. This means all ICE have now been either cancelled, or are being held remotely.

If you are due to attend an ICE event please make sure you are in regular contact with the event organiser to make sure you have the most up to date information.

All of our events are now being hosted remotely.

Membership applications and professional qualifications

ICE continues to accept applications for membership and for professional qualification assessments (academic base, IPD, Professional Reviews, EPAs and Fellowship assessments).

Online and paper-based applications continue as normal, while interview-based assessments (i.e. professional reviews and end-point assessments) are being conducted primarily via video-link.

In addition, we recognise that many members and potential members will be facing disruption in their working and home lives. ICE wants to support each individual in the way that suits them best: either to progress their application, to pause until they are ready to re-engage, or to transfer to a new route if their circumstances change (e.g. if they can no longer continue their current training agreement).

Please reach out to your existing ICE contact if you have an application or agreement in progress or to [email protected] for other enquiries about membership and professional qualifications.

Library services

Services that are currently affected

  • Visiting the Library in-person – Limited access (by appointment only) to the print collection
  • No- access exhibition space
  • Visiting the ICE Archives in-person
  • Library loans/Document Delivery (Reduced Postal Service – Tuesday and Thursday only)

Services that remain unaffected

We are still working and will continue to provide services and resources to support you.

NEC Contracts

Queries have been raised about how to deal with the impact on NEC contracts that may be caused by the prevention and containment measures being instigated to control the spread of the coronavirus. This note is aimed at explaining the ways in which the NEC4 contracts deal with this matter. The guidance is given in relation to the Engineering and Construction Contract (ECC), but similar actions apply under the other NEC contracts. This advice is given in relation to the standard wording in NEC4 contracts. If modifications have been made, the contract should be reviewed to check whether the guidance given here still applies.

Peter Higgins, NEC4 Contract Board Chair follows up his guidance document on the effect of Covid-19 on the construction sector and answers pressing questions from NEC clients and customers, on video below.

We will provide further updates as the situation develops.

Ongoing advice

ICE will endeavor to keep you up to date as the situation develops. These webpages will be updated with the latest information and we will share those details through our social media and email channels where possible.

If you are in any doubt about the Institution’s position please check the homepage of the website in the first instance.

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