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Publications and Impact

Alliance Contracts

The Centre of Construction Law & Dispute Resolution, after 12 months' consultation with over 120 clients, consultants, contractors, lawyers and academics, published the FAC-1 (Framework Alliance Contract) and the TAC-1 (Term Alliance Contract).  Both are endorsed by the UK Construction Industry Council (CIC) and Constructing Excellence (CE) and have already been adopted on a range of procurements both in the UK and internationally.

Watch this video to find out about the impact of FAC-1 on construction:


Since its publication in June 2016, FAC-1 has been translated into Italian, German, Bulgarian, Portuguese (initially for use in Brazil), Spanish (initially for use in Peru and other Latin American countries) and Russian. We are working with leading academics and practitioners in each jurisdiction on adaptations, consultations and trialling in order to enable the understanding and use of these translations.

Crown Commerical Services (CCS)

FAC-1 has become the alliancing contract of choice by CCS, deciding in its use on three multi-party frameworks. These included national framework alliances for £2.8bn multi-disciplinary services comprising Project Management and Full Design Services (PMFDS), £30 billion national and regional construction framework alliances and £1.2bn modular framework alliances.  These alliances are based on shared objectives with transparent assessment against agreed success measures and targets, as set out within the provisions of FAC-1.

Transnational Alliancing Group (TAG)

The Transnational Alliancing Group was formed by the Centre of Construction Law, practitioners and academics from 10 other jurisdictions in October 2018 to share the views, experiences and interests of lawyers, academics and construction professionals in achieving improved value and efficiency through collaborative construction procurement.  The Group has been exploring how the FAC-1 and TAC-1 contract forms can be developed and used in conjunction with suitable procurement processes, working practices and digital technology, to create and support alliances in different countries.

Enabling Building Information Modelling (BIM) through Procurement and Contracts

This research report is the culmination of a two-year project working in collaboration with leading individuals and organisations from across the construction industry.

The research was partly grant funded by the Society of Construction Law and the Association of Consultant Architects. The research methodology was agreed by a multi-disciplinary Research Group and comprised reviews of 12 leading BIM projects and confidential interviews with 40 leading practitioners. The research report was also informed by a full day workshop (20 attendees) and a full day conference (115 attendees), following which all those present were issued with a draft of the report and were invited to comment.