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
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