The Construction Industry Group (CIG) was established in 1998 to provide a forum for the many representative bodies within the local construction industry to work together. Nominations to CIG came through four colleges, namely: the professional college; the contractors college; the suppliers college, and the specialists sub-contractors college.
CIG has served an important role in the industry, however, in recent years many of the representative bodies involved have concluded that CIG needed to evolve to better meet the needs of today.
This week RSUA Council has endorsed a proposal that CIG should be restructured to consist of the main representative and professional bodies for construction in Northern Ireland. The proposed CIG Council will consist of the leading member (president/chairman) and the leading executive (director/executive) of each of the main bodies.
In the first instance the following bodies would constitute the restructured CIG:
- Association of Consulting Engineers (ACE)
- Construction Employers Federation (CEF)
- Federation of Master Builders (FMB)
- Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE)
- Quarry Products Association (QPA)
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA)
- Specialist Engineering Contractors (SEC)
These bodies each have an executive based in, and dedicated to, Northern Ireland. Should other bodies employ an executive the group would consider that body’s inclusion to CIG.
The restructured CIG would provide a formal opportunity for the leading construction bodies to work together on key strategic issues.
The proposed restructuring of CIG will not affect the operation of the Professional Council for Northern Ireland (NI Regional Committee of Construction Industry Council (CIC)). The professional bodies on CIG would provide the liaison between CIG and the Professional Council. The smaller professional bodies would be able to raise strategically important issues to the restructured CIG through the Professional Council.
The proposed changes to CIG are being put to the Northern Irish Council of each of the bodies listed over the coming weeks and a new structure is anticipated by late autumn 2015.