Construction Industry Bodies
The following page includes links and descriptions of well-known construction industry trade bodies, professional institutions and other key organisations who provide services and guidance to the construction industry. The CCLG works closely with all of those listed. These organisations represent varying parts of the construction supply chain, so that clients can help to understand their contractors, consultants and other suppliers' trade memberships. These organisations typically work to improve performance and provide assurance of outcome.
This page should help clients, new and experienced, to navigate the various organisations in construction.
The National Federation of Builders has an online tool which enables you to find a quality builder who specialises in the type of work you need.
The Civil Engineering Contractors Association is a United Kingdom construction organisation. Headquartered in London, it was established in November 1996 to represent the interests of civil engineering contractors
The Scottish Building Federation was originally established in 1895 to represent the interests of employers working in the Scottish building industry and to foster cooperation amongst its members on the basis of shared ideals, collective needs and collaborative business practices.
Actuate UK - the engineering services alliance - is the umbrella body for UK engineering services.
It brings together the leading trade, technology and professional bodies within the multi-billion-pound sector: BESA, BSRIA, CIBSE, ECA, FETA, LEIA.
The British Property Federation is the voice of the real estate industry in the UK. Its membership reflects the diverse nature of our industry – owners, developers, funders, agents and advisers.
CIAT is the lead qualifying body for Architectural Technology. Chartered Architectural Technologists are qualified to offer design services and manage projects from inception to completion. They lead the technological design of a project; forming the link between concept, innovation and realisation.
The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a professional membership body that government and industry listen to while providing unrivalled support to our 92,000 civil engineer members.
The Royal Institution of British Architects provides access to architects or client advisers, depending on the nature of your requirements.
The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) is the global professional body promoting and enforcing the highest international standards in the valuation, management and development of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure.
Industry support service providers and sources of guidance
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provide clear guidance which sets out the responsibilities and obligations of domestic or
commercial clients and a short guide in the form of a leaflet 'Need building work done'.
Started in 1997, the Considerate Constructors Scheme was set up by the construction industry to improve its image through the registration of construction activity. The Scheme is a non-profit-making, independent organisation founded by the industry, recommended by local authorities, the government, main contractors and major industry clients
The construction industry, including leading clients, supports the Construction Skills Certification Scheme CSCS, and all clients, irrespective of size, are encouraged to insist on a fully CSCS-carded workforce.
The Association for Project Safety ensures professionals in construction have the necessary skills, knowledge, experience and training to make Britain’s buildings safer.
ARB was established by Parliament in 1997 to regulate the architects’ profession in the UK. They are an independent, public interest body and their work in regulating architects ensures that good standards within the profession are consistently maintained for the benefit of the public and architects alike.
Construction Industry Training Board is the industry's training board and a partner in the Sector Skills Council for the construction industry in England, Scotland and Wales. It's their job to work with industry to encourage training, which helps build a safe, professional and fully qualified workforce.