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ICE launches best practice guide for construction clients

The ICE has launched one of the most important initiatives in helping construction clients, such as local government authorities, deliver efficiency and value - the Client Best Practice Guide.

There are many guides on how to be a good project manager, but up to now, there has been nothing on the market for construction clients. The new ICE guide is intended to be a one-stop ready reference and route map for achieving best practice from a construction client’s perspective - regardless of sector or scale.

The guide explains how construction clients can positively influence the success of their projects - during the planning, development and implementation stages as well as during operation and final decommissioning. Clients using the guide will know if they are using best practice, how this can be assessed and how this leads to project success.

The guide is also complemented by a free ICE online maturity assessment tool, known as ClientMAP. The tool is designed to help clients assess their ability to lead projects according to best practices identified in the guide.

UK private sector construction clients and public sector clients will all benefit from this guide, as will their advisors worldwide.

It was produced by an ICE expert panel that included Olympic Delivery Authority head of programme management Sue Kershaw, Parsons Brinckerhoff rail business unit manager David Hutchison and Construction Clients’ Group chief executive Peter Cunningham, with the support of Strategic Forum for Construction chairman Nick Raynsford.

ICE director general Tom Foulkes said: “This guide is very important. The role and performance of clients is one of the most significant factors in determining the ultimate success of construction projects and capital works programmes, regardless of their size, complexity or location.

“For that reason the ICE has completed a major initiative to identify best practice in UK construction procurement and delivery, and is happy to share it widely among client organisations and ICE members.”

Kershaw said: “This is only the beginning of a wider initiative to disseminate best practice in construction. It will be developed further by the ICE Learned Society to meet the needs of the industry.”

Raynsford said: “As a civil engineer and a parliamentarian, I have always realised the importance of construction clients and the impact and influence they can bring in delivering our building and infrastructure.

“Yet there is very little available to inform construction clients on best practice to help them lead their projects. This guide fills the gap.”

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