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Construction Industry Board CIB

The Construction Industry Board (CIB) was established in February 1995 following Sir Michael Latham’s report, ‘Constructing the Team’ (the Latham report) published in 1994 which criticised the adversarial approach inherent in traditional construction contracts.

The CIB was the first organisation to have membership from all sectors of the industry including suppliers and clients. It's original role was to oversee implementation of the recommendations in the Latham report. It was based in the Building Centre, Store Street, London.

CIB reports included:

  • Educating the Professional Team, 1996.
  • Constructing a Better Image, 1996.
  • Training the Team, 1996.
  • Towards a 30% Productivity Improvement in Construction, 1996.
  • Framework for a National Register for Contractors, 1997.
  • Framework for a National Register for Consultants, 1997.
  • Liability Law and Latent Defects Insurance, 1997.
  • Partnering in the Team, report of working group 12, 1997
  • Strategic Review of Construction Skills Training, 1998.

In June 2000 its remit was expanded to include the development of policies to improve performance in construction, in particular:

It intended to do this by working with:

  • The Construction Research and Innovation Strategy Panel.
  • The Movement for Innovation.
  • The Construction Best Practice Programme.

In 2000, the Construction Industry Board Root and Branch Review. recommended the establishment of a new body “to add value through pan-industry strategic leadership to realise an efficient and successful construction industry that fully meets clients’ needs and expectations.”

In 2001, the Construction Industry Board was replaced by the Strategic Forum for Construction, initially chaired by Sir John Egan, author of the 1998 Egan Report 'Rethinking Construction', on the scope for improving the quality and efficiency of UK construction. Established initially as a government-funded body the Strategic Forum was changed to an independent industry group in 2002.

In September 2002 the Strategic Forum for Construction published a report on its first year of activity Accelerating change: A report by the Strategic Forum for Construction, chaired by Sir John Egan. In it, Egan stated 'I have been greatly impressed by the industry's efforts to apply 'Rethinking Construction' principles'. However, in May 2008, ten years after publication of Rethinking Construction, Sir John Egan stated ..I guess if I were giving marks out of 10 after 10 years I’d probably only give the industry about four out of 10’ ref Egan: I’d give construction about 4 of 10.

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