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Institute of Civil Engineers and BIFM to collaborate for new FM contract
The Institute of Civil Engineers and the British Institute of Facilities Management have announced a joint initiative to explore the potential of developing a completely new form of contract explicitly for facilities management.
The initiative comes in the light of feedback from some BIFM members that existing forms of contract, developed primarily for use in construction or mechanical and electrical projects, did not meet all their needs.
If findings from the project research uphold this, a new form of contract will be developed as part of the well-regarded and widely-used contract form, the NEC4 contract suite.
The new contract products aim to reflect and support the diverse FM industry. The aim will be to advance good practice in the procurement and management of FM services in what could be the latest iteration of NEC4. The form has been enhanced to reflect procurement and project management developments and emerging best practice, with improvements in flexibility, clarity and administration; and is suitable for procuring a full array of activities from major works to small-scale projects.
The first piece of joint work under the memorandum of understanding, signed this week by ICE and BIFM chiefs, will be to identify the contract-related needs and challenges of those working in FM through a discrete piece of research. The insight resulting from the research - to be announced at the NEC User's Group Conference in June - will determine the development of a potential bespoke service contract adaptation of NEC4 to provide an industry-wise framework for 'best in class' FM activity. It builds on earlier collaboration between the NEC team and BIFM's volunteer-led Procurement Special Interest Group.
Further activity under the MoU will include collaboration on training and up-skilling opportunities for FMs to optimise the impact of the standard contracts in service.
BIFM CEO Linda Hausmanis says of the collaboration: "Pursuing the highest standards in the procurement and management of FM services is fundamental to our profession's advancement and I'm delighted to be deepening the Institute's relationship with ICE, for the benefit of all our members at this critical time for our industry."
The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) is the professional body for facilities management. Founded in 1993, it promotes excellence in facilities management for the benefit of practitioners, the economy and society. Supporting and representing over 17,000 members around the world, both individual FM professionals and organisations, and thousands more through qualifications and training.
8th March 2018