BIM and housing issues combine at JCT’s parliamentary reception

The Joint Contracts Tribunal (JCT)’s Construction Industry Parliamentary Reception was held at the House of Commons on Tuesday 17 May 2016, bringing together construction industry professionals, clients and government to reflect upon current issues in construction and their impact on contracts.

Introduced by JCT Chair, Richard Saxon CBE, the event was an opportunity to update delegates on some of JCT’s current activities, including work JCT is taking forward in relation to Building Information Modelling, and the forthcoming JCT 2016 Edition of contracts.

Richard Saxon said:

“JCT is keen on Building Information Modelling as a route to better construction performance. We are extremely pleased by the government’s commitment to take BIM forward over the next five years to advance us to BIM Level 3.

“It rightly sees that, as well as improving Britain’s environment, the UK’s leading position in BIM is likely to lead to strong export prospects for our consultants, constructors and product makers.”

The event, hosted by Oliver Colvile MP, also joined JCT with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment (APPGEBE). In his capacity as Chair of the APPGEBE, Oliver Colvile was able to provide an update on a forthcoming report by the APPGEBE on the quality of new-build houses in the UK.

Oliver Colvile said:

“The government has aspirations to build 200,000 homes per year over the course of this parliament. That, in my view, is a good step forward and will go a long way to combat the chronic shortage of housing in the UK.

“ my opinion, and that of the panel, we must ensure these new-build homes are of the highest quality and standard.

“Starting in late 2015, I chaired an enquiry into the quality of new-build homes. Four enquiry sessions took place and took evidence from house builders, consumer groups, insurance companies, and home buyers.

“Although the report hasn’t been finalised, among the recommendations the report outlines includes a recommendation to increase the level of standardisation of house building contracts.”

It is anticipated the APPGEBE’s report on the quality of new house building in England will be published late May/early June.