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Construction Industry Council (CIC)

The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT
020 7399 7400

About us

The Construction Industry Council (CIC) is the representative forum for the professional bodies, research organisations and specialist business associations in the construction industry.

Established in 1988 with just five founder members, CIC now occupies a key role within the UK construction industry providing a single voice for professionals in all sectors of the built environment through its collective membership of 500,000 individual professionals and more than 25,000 firms of construction consultants.

The breadth and depth of its membership means that CIC is the only single body able to speak with authority on the diverse issues connected with construction without being constrained by the self-interest of any particular sector of the industry.

Our Mission

  • > To serve society by promoting quality and sustainability in the built environment.
  • > To give leadership to the construction industry, encouraging unity of purpose, collaboration, continuous improvement and career development.
  • > To add value and emphasis to the work of members.

Organisational and Communication Priorities

Maintain and develop effective relationships with members and provide a strong and cohesive interface between members and the wider industry; and with Parliament and Government, including:

  • > Providing effective Communications with members, both through regular written reports, maintaining an effective website and the provision of regular workshops and policy meetings, including via the Economic and Policy Forum.

  • > Playing a major role within integrated industry vehicles, including on-going support for the Strategic Forum for Construction, ConstructionSkills, the Construction Umbrella Bodies and its subsidiary initiatives.

  • > Mutually supportive relationship with government, particularly (but not exclusively) through the Chief Construction Adviser; the Government Construction Strategy and its sub-groups; the Construction Sector Unit of BIS; Building Regulations & Standards Division of CLG; the Green Construction Board and Infrastructure-UK.

  • > Robust relationships with all other relevant parts of government.

  • > Project managing work on behalf of government and other agencies that is of benefit to society, clients, the industry or to members collectively.

  • > Maintain and develop effective relationship with Parliament and MPs, particularly through continued support of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment.

We offer

CIC offers a broad spectrum of professional services ranging from Adjudication for the resolution of disputes to Policy development.

  • The Construction Act provides parties to a contract with a legal statutory right to resolution by adjudication. Parties may apply to CIC to nominate an adjudicator from the CIC Register of Adjudicators. CIC is an Adjudication Nominating Body and maintains a register of adjudicators.

  • CIC has established an independent Appeals Tribunal service for its member bodies to meet the requirements of the Human Rights Act 1998. All members of the Construction Industry Council have the option to subscribe to the service but only subscribing members are able to use it.

  • CIC is the body designated by the Secretary of State to maintain and operate theApproved Inspectors Register (CICAIR). CICAIR provides applicants with a route to registration as an Approved Inspector. Approved Inspectors registered with CIC are qualified to undertake building control work in accordance with section 49 of the Building Act 1984 and Regulation 4 of the Building (Approved Inspectors etc.) Regulations 2010.

  • Formed in July 2010, the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment has the remit to present a holistic and overarching view from all sectors involved in the planning, design, construction, management and maintenance of the built environment.

  • CIC responds to Consultations issued by a range of organisations, including Government Departments and regulatory bodies, on behalf of the membership to ensure that the industry has a clear, strong voice in discussions which affect construction and the built environment.

  • CIC has developed a number of Contracts and standard forms of agreement in line with the work of our Liability Panel, these are periodically updated and only available from our website.

  • CIC’s Design Quality Indicator (DQI) is a process that enables every aspect of design quality to be assessed at each stage of the construction process from inception through to post occupancy analysis.

  • Policy development within CIC takes place within specialist committees, comprised of panels of experts drawn from the CIC membership. Information is fed into consultation responses, select committee inquiries or filtered to Government directly by letters or through meetings. Documents produced range from short items such as newsletters and briefings to a major manifesto, produced before the last election.

  • CIC are able to access funding on behalf of employers to facilitate the development and review of national occupational standards, vocational qualifications and technical and professional apprenticeship frameworks. Our in-house technical team work with employers to ensure that the standards reflect changing work practices e.g. Building Information Modelling and the low carbon agenda.

We support

  • Avon
  • Specialists, Experts, Research
  • Money
  • Conference, Meeting Rooms
  • Networks
  • Legal
  • Cornwall
  • Somerset


The CIC periodically produces Policy Updates for our members which contain bite size information on the latest policy issues affecting the industry.

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