The original Construction Clients’ Group was founded in the early nineties as an independent client body representing both private and public clients. The Group is a not-for-profit organisation, funded by a number of its client members, and working for all construction clients. At the start of 2017 the group evolved into what is now the Construction Clients’ Leadership Group (CCLG), to reflect the importance of the leadership dimension to commissioning construction services.
Investing in construction solutions remains one of the biggest investments a company or organisation can make. The CCLG is dedicated to assisting members in making such investments as efficiently as possible, with minimum risk and with a quality assured outcome that supports a sustainable industry.
These are unprecedented times for the world and for our nation, which will be extremely challenging for the construction industry.
The CCLG will make this a top priority for the coming weeks and months, to facilitate the collaboration of our client members together with other clients, our development partners, contractors, SMEs and suppliers to ensure that, as far as possible:
1) There is access to the proposed government funding
2) We provide support (in whatever form this maybe) and share our ideas
3) We have a parallel strategy to that of the government i.e. an in-house action plan
4) We emerge from the crisis being able to resume business as usual with our partners
The CCLG and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) have formed the COVID-19 Client Working Group to help the construction industry better respond to the threats faced by COVID-19. More details on the group's purpose and terms of reference is given below.
The Group includes representatives from companies and organisations across the world and will meet fortnightly.
We will update this page with any outputs created by this Group, and we will also be closely following the updates coming from Government and from wider industry and will endeavour to signpost to relevant and current sources of information as they are published.
If you would like to be involved in this Group, please contact us
Collaboration with the CIOB
The Construction Clients Group over the years has attempted to drive common standards that all members can apply. Without common standards individual clients tend to pull suppliers in different directions, causing confusion, increased costs and a great deal of frustration on both sides.
In reality every client business is different to some degree and this invariably results in differing approaches to procurement and engagement with the supply side. The more informed clients have therefore tended to specify the intent of what they require in the absence of clear agreed industry standards.
The CCLG commenced engaging with Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) client members at the beginning of the year and we have agreed to work together to engage the wider client community to demonstrate consistent leadership across a wide spectrum of subjects where clients can make a difference. These wide ranging topics are addressed through the Standards Group meetings.
The fight against Covid 19 requires the whole industry to respond to the expert advice given by respective Governments. The CCLG and CIOB client members are now going to focus all efforts on keeping people safe and minimising the long term impact on all businesses and their employees.
The Group’s purpose is to:
keep people safe and minimise the impact on respective health care services
maintain essential construction and maintenance work, as governments are directing
support access to government funding
provide support and share our ideas
ensure companies and organisations have a robust parallel strategy to that of the government i.e. an in-house action plan
share and build upon each other’s innovative solutions utilising Microsoft 365 to share documents and Teams to hold regular remote meetings.
Escalate issues to the CLC or other relevant bodies where we feel national strategic action is required.
ensure we emerge from the crisis being able to resume business as usual with our partners
Open to any client or client group wishing to participate, either in the meetings or utilising the shared files available. In addition to the CIOB we collaborate with:
Ø British Property Federation
Ø Construction Industry Advisory Committee (CONIAC)
Ø Construction Leadership Council (CLC)
Ø Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS)
Ø Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS)
Ø Local Government Association (LGA) Procurement Group
Ø Chartered Institute of Building Chartered Building Company (CBC) Scheme
Ø Health in Construction Leadership Group (HCLG)
Ø Trade and professional bodies
Industry updates / Useful links
Construction Leadership Council Covid-19 Contractual Best Practice Guidance
Government Guidelines for Working safely during COVID-19 in construction and other outdoor work
Industry collaborates to deliver PPE to NHS
Emergency Plan to save UK Construction (1 April)
COVID-19: Daily Construction Industry Briefings
Government advice for employers
CITB Apprenticeship support Package
Health and Wellbeing
Examples of how Construction employers are safegurarding workers during Covid-19
Derwent London Covid-19 Client Support Pack
Mental Health and Wellbeing - Free webinars
Industry mental health charity Mates in Mind is working in partnership with the Civil Engineering Contractors Association to deliver free mental wellbeing workshops. These workshops are aimed at employees; and managers (including supervisors). The live online workshops will take place on 15,16 and 21 April and will be delivered by trained mental health practitioners. Delegates will be able to see and interact with the tutor and with each other.
We are facing a very challenging time and it is crucial that employers are considering the mental health of their workers. Book your place here.
Resources from IOSH aimed at health and safety professionals
Includes webinars and general guidance
Remote Workers/Mental Health and Wellbeing
The government is advising us to now work from home where possible. Many people will not be accustomed to remote working, and looking after the wellbeing and mental health of our remote workers at this time is crucial.
To support employers, Mates in Mind have developed fact sheets for organisations and individuals in order to help them protect their mental health and wellbeing during this period.
Mental Health Charity Mind have provided some useful information to help people during this challenging time.
The Mental Health Foundation have offered some useful insights into looking after your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak