The Strategic Forum for Construction is encouraging more public sector clients adopt the Construction Commitments.
Some 300 organisations have already backed the 2012 Construction Commitments initiative, which were set up to ensure UK plc would deliver a world class Olympic Games.
These Commitments identify six key areas in the construction process that relate to the performance and behaviour of the industry. These are:
- Client leadership
- Procurement and integration
- Commitment to people
- Health & safety
The Forum has now extended the principles to other public sector work, through the launch by the Housing Corporation of its own social housing version.
All Investment Partners in receipt of grant funding as part of the Housing Corporation's 2008-11 National Affordable Housing Programme (NAHP) will be required either through the Partnering Programme Agreement route (Registered Social Landlords - RSLs) or the Grant Agreement route (unregistered bodies - URBs) to adopt the principles of the 2012 Construction Commitments Affordable Housing Provider version in the construction and delivery of new homes.
The Forum wants to develop a generic version of the Construction Commitments so that the UK construction industry can sign up to these Commitments whether or not they are involved in the 2012 programme.
Peter Rogers, who chairs the Forum’s 2012 Task Group, said: “We want as much of the industry as possible to sign up. Companies should not be discouraged if they can’t meet every commitment down to the last letter. We are looking for commitment to the principles and for companies to show an earnest intent to engage.”