Members of staff at the Centre are engaged in a number of research projects nationally and internationally:
- Academic partner of the UK Government, evaluating trials of new procurement approaches to early contractor involvement and supply chain management
- The legal implications of Building Information Management (BIM) - see further details below
- The impact of construction projects on the community and local economy
- The transnational dimension of arbitration agreements and arbitral awards, particularly the law applicable to arbitration agreements and the applicability of the doctrines of issue estoppel and abuse of process in proceedings for the recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitral awards
- Adjudication and mediation in comparative perspective
CLC Innovation in Building workstream, Contracting for Long Term Strategic Relationships - 2nd Stage
In December 2019, the Centre of Construction Law was granted funding by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy via the Construction Leadership Council (CLC) Demand Creation Working Group to investigate Contracting for Long-Term Strategic Relationships, building on the successful first stage research outputs delivered by the Centre in March 2018.
Procurement strategies for incentivising collaborative delivery to optimise whole-life outcomes
In November 2019, the Centre of Construction Law, working with University of Cambridge Engineering Department was awarded a grant by Centre for Digital Built Britain with funding provided by Innovate UK through the Government's Industrial Strategy. This grant funds a two-year research programme that will examine and support construction procurement and contracting undertaken by high-performing collaborative clients and their teams. The research project aims to examine, in detail, successful programmes that have delivered significant improvements in long-term performance by adopting collaborative procurement and management strategies. It will explore and analyse the connections between successful collaborative procurement and digital technology.
Performance through Procurement
In November 2019, the Centre of Construction Law, in collaboration with the Supply Chain School, Construction Leadership Council, Buiding Better, South East Wales Collaborative Procurement Framework (SEWSCAP), along with a number of prominent house builders and contractors, has commenced the 3-year 'Performance Through Procurement' project funded by the Construction Industry Training Board. The Centre will be contributing its expertise in construction law, new forms of contracting, business models and form of contract to develop new collaborative procurement training modules and materials for the construction industry.
CIC Innovation in Building workstream, Contracting for Long Term Strategic Relationships - 1st Stage
In September 2017, the Centre of Construction Law was granted funding by CLC to undertake applied research to support greater acceptance and development of long-term strategic relationships facilitated through new model forms of agreement. The model forms were designed to enable what the CLC describes as "Smart Construction", namely buidling design, construction and operation that through collaborative partnerships makes full use of digital technologies and industrialised manufactuging techniques to improve productivity, minimise whole life costs, improve sustainability and maximise user benefits. The Centre completed this first stage of the research in March 2018.
Framework Alliance Contract Research
In June 2016, the Centre of Construction Law launched the 'FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract', authored by the Centre after a year of industry consultation and published by the Association of Consultant Architects. FAC-1 fulfils the role of a multi-party framework and agreement and/or BIM protocol and acts as the 'glue' between the two party consultant appointments and building contracts in any jurisdiction. The Centre is embarking upon a research project to monitor early trials of the contract and extract key data on achieving success through a standard form framework. The Centre is also engaged in international consultation on the use of FAC-1 in other jurisdictions.
BIM Contract Research Project
In July 2016, the Centre of Construction Law published a report on the back of an extensive research on the legal challenges posed by the adoption of BIM, mindful of the 2016 UK Government target for adoption of level-2 BIM and the route to level-3 BIM described in Digital Built Britain. The central goal of the research report 'Enabling BIM Through Procurement & Contracts' was to analyse the extent to which the provisions of existing contract forms, protocols and procurement models meet the demands of a BIM-led industry. The research project was supported by grant funding from the Society of Construction Law and the Association of Consultants Architects and the Centre had created a Working Group of carefully specialists to drive the project forward.
The full report can be downloaded here