Comments, Articles and Links

Consultation Group members and users have commented on the FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract:

  • “I like the style which is easy to read. I also like the concept of the Framework Alliance which draws the parties together” – David Ferroussat, Infrastructure Procurement Director, Heathrow Airport
  • “This is an excellent contract. It is a working tool rather than something you sign at the start and forget about” – Jason Russell, Assistant Director of Highways, Surrey County Council
  • “I like the idea of a standard Framework Alliance Contract, especially one that can be used with other forms of contract” – Gareth Stephens, Associate Commercial Director, Mulalley and Company
  • “The development of the Framework Alliance Contract is a most welcome initiative” – Ellis Baker, Head of Construction and Engineering, White & Case
  • “FAC-1 is a contract that supports collaboration and encourages cooperation. Its conflict avoidance and dispute resolution mechanisms  are  comprehensive and well thought through. It’s a positive step forward for the industry.”– Martin Burns, Head of ADR Research and Development, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • “Evolution and innovation are key to a dynamic construction industry. The new Framework Alliance Contracts combine both and provide an approach to the delivery of infrastructure projects which can be accommodated within and benefit any client’s procurement strategy “ – Dr Nelson Ogunshakin OBE, Chief Executive, Association for Consultancy and Engineering
  • “The FAC-1 system of Supply Chain Collaboration has already delivered major benefits – it makes an important contribution to the success of alliancing” – Assad Maqbool, Trowers & Hamlins solicitors
  • Futures Housing Group is very pleased to be the first adopter of the FAC-1, it came just at the right time. During the tender period we encountered no queries or objections from bidders in regard to the FAC-1. I am confident it will deliver excellent value and high standards throughout the framework, we are already planning the next one. – John Thornhill, Futures Housing Group
  • “This revolutionises the value of frameworks – and keeps them alive throughout the term. This is the means to align relationships and focus attention collectively in meeting new challenges and rising expectations. I see fantastic potential for insight, value and benefit from such an alliance” – Antony Silk, Director of Procurement, AmicusHorizon
  • “I personally value the brevity and logic of the language as well as of course the partnership based approach” – James Dickinson, Head of Legal, British Gas Business Services
  • “It is wonderfully concise – I look forward to seeing the new forms in action” – Paul Greenwood, MD Greenwood Consultants, Accredited BS11000 Collaborative Business Relationships Facilitator
  • “You have created an excellent approach for truly cooperative, risk-reduced construction contracts” – Professor Stefan Leupertz, Judge of the Federal Court of Justice, Germany
  • “I look forward to seeing the new suite of contracts published, whereupon I will be happy to promote their use in Australia” – Dr Paula Gerber, Professor, Law School, Monash University
  • “Integrated team work is at the heart of both successful projects and longer term arrangements. FAC-1 succinctly creates structures for long term collaboration through its use of core groups and alliance managers. It promotes efficiencies and therefore success through its commitment to shared practices amongst framework members” – Nigel Blundell, Partner, Pinsent Masons
  • “The Alliance Contract seems to me a model of clarity” – Lindsay Henshaw, Associate Fellow, Contract Management course leader, MSc in Major Programme Management, Said Business School
  • “We see the new Alliance Contracts as a logical iteration following 15 years of partnering” – John Kiely, Director Housing and Public Sector, Savills
  • “The documents are easy to follow and understand with a clear thread running through them, even for a relative layman” – Jamie Staples, Business Development Manager, Southern Construction Framework
  • “This is a robust and valuable set of contract documents and I look forward to working with them in the near future” – Nigel Barr, Managing Director, Stradia
  • “My general response is very positive and I look forward to seeing this develop. The approach is clear and the intent and wording unambiguous” – Orla Hegarty, Course Director, School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin, Republic of Ireland.

Articles and links relating to FAC-1 include:

  • FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract – What is is all about? http://blogs.lexisnexis.co.uk/purposebuilt/explaining-the-fac-1-framework-alliance-contract/ blog by David Mosey , 25.11.16 for LexisNexis
  • Francis Ho, Head of Construction at Olswang, “A Frame of Mind” in Building magazine 03.16 – “It will take an effort to shift developers off their beloved custom frameworks but at least there’s now a convincing alternative for those with the desire to explore more meaningful collaborations”.
  • Christopher Pedder, Partner, Trowers & Hamlins – “Alliancing revolution: New contract targets better relationships” in Construction News 11.07.16-  “FAC can also be used for ‘additional clients’. This is a significant benefit for the public sector, where lead authorities seek to act as central purchasing bodies for other public sector authorities”.
  •  “Futures is world first to adopt new procurement framework”  Youtube 27.7.16  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-NCCh-DZR8
  • Andrew Allen “Framework forces competitor collaboration” in Supply Management 10.8.16 – “The approach is designed to be easy to understand and to help improve legal compliance as well as better value for money”.Alliance members are expected to work together to improve value, share information on suppliers, review and compare prices and tender or renegotiate subcontracts”
  • David Mosey “A First for Frameworks” in Construction Law Aug/Sept 2016 – “Bid costs have been reduced significantly using a pilot version of the new contract”.
  • RADAR Talks – a New Contract for Collaboration” Youtube 14.9.16  http://www.allianceforms.co.uk/press-archive/
  • Irish RTE Radio 1This Week”16.10.16 – “Lawyer Deirdre Ni Fhloinn and Professor David Mosey on the potential saving to be made on housing projects” – link to podcast  http://www.allianceforms.co.uk/press-archive/
  • Stephanie Canham “In the frame” in Building magazine 1.11.16 -“At its heart FAC-1 provides a collaborative approach to improve value in the procurement of any type of works, services or supplies. alongside framework options for direct award or competition, it clarifies how alliance members will integrate their activities – with agreed objectives, success measures and incentives”
  • Tony Bingham “The book group” in Building magazine 4.11.16- “So this FAC-1 is a standard form basis unlike any other, creating  a basis for awarding and integrating any of the framework works, services and supplies”- “Look to innovate, fathom alternative materials and specifications and best practice via specialist contractors and much more such as maintenance, durability and sustainability”.
  • Dr Louis Gunnigan, article on FAC-1 and BIM, 5.12.16  in “BIM Ireland.ie” and “Irish building magazine
  • Stephen Woodward, Guest Editorial, Construction Law January/February 2017 “Reassessing Adjudication”- “in case studies testing the new FAC-1 standard form framework alliance contract…potential disputes have been averted through joint working under a collaborative governance system”