Alliancing Code of Practice launched by the Infrastructure Client Group

Alliancing Code of Practice launched by the Infrastructure Client Group

Thames Tideway’s Andy Mitchell introducing the Alliancing Code of Practice
Thames Tideway’s Andy Mitchell introducing the Alliancing Code of Practice

The Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) have launched an Alliancing Code of Practice (CoP) to help infrastructure companies work more effectively together on joint projects and avoid disputes.

Find out about the Alliancing Code of Practice

The Infrastructure Client Group is an ICE-led group that works with industry and Government to drive client-led initiatives, address supply chain issues, and advise on collaboration between businesses with the intention of improving delivery. The ICG–developed Alliancing Code of Practice draws on experience from industry bodies, clients, delivery teams, consultants and academics to highlight:

  • which aspects of alliance set up are most important,
  • lessons to consider at each stage,
  • when they are most applicable, and
  • the building blocks that need to be in place to ensure the effective development of alliances.

The web-based Code of Practice offers a tool to help decision makers make informed choices when deciding to alliance with other construction companies. It explains how to create, deliver and sustain a successful alliance that delivers benefits to clients, suppliers and end users of assets using an interactive grid matrix, case studies and a self-assessment tool.

In addition, the Code of Practice offers guidance on how to avoid common pitfalls that can result in costly lawsuits, and enables infrastructure clients and companies to share experiences, develop their own guidance and best practice materials to assist delivery of future UK projects.

The UK construction industry has been criticised on its ability to deliver infrastructure efficiently due to the lack of collaboration between companies working jointly on projects – typically resulting in more waste, rework and the time it takes to deliver a project.

The Government's Construction 2025 targets has challenged industry to reduce the construction costs and whole-life cost of built assets by 33%, lower carbon emissions by 50%, and deliver projects 50% faster. The Code of Practice arms construction companies working on joint venture projects with a user-friendly tool that helps address the underlying difficulties of working collaboratively.

Good alliances can unlock enhanced value from investment in infrastructure projects and programmes. The ICG considers that with the right guidance on how to work collaboratively, companies can boost their prospects of meeting the Construction 2025 targets by working together better.

The Government's Construction Strategy and the IUK Cost Review have also identified that efficiency savings could be delivered through reforming procurement practices and effecting behavioural and culture change – both of which will rely on successful alliancing.

See more about the Alliancing Code of Practice self-assessment tool

You can learn more about how the Code of Practice has been implemented and the experience of users by reading our case studies:

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