What's new?

Autumn/winter 2020-21

As part of RICS' response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on the built environment, each isurv channel has moved to a rolling update cycle to ensure content is as up to date as possible. This page will be updated with new updates to reflect the changing situation as it develops.


Construction claims

Section author Roland Foster has updated Failure to performDelays to completion of constructionApplication of loss of profitVariations and disruption and Global, acceleration and formula claims.

Construction insurance

This section features up-to-date information on the effect of COVID-19 on insurers, such as the introduction of 'cessation of works' and 'contagious diseases' exclusions under policies.

Regulated procurement

New author Chris Brennan has comprehensively rewritten this section. See in particular his important updates regarding the impact of Brexit and COVID-19 on regulated procurement processes.

Tendering and procurement

This section has been comprehensively updated. See in particular changes to insolvency law under the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020.


Building information modelling (BIM)

Updates throughout this section reflect the increasing importance of BIM due to changes in working practices brought about by COVID-19.

Commencement of works

Author Tim Healey has provided minor updates throughout this section. The Extent of possession page has been updated to reflect the new Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020.

Conceptual cost planning

As part of an overhaul of this section, author Max Wilkes has added extra pages on Stages of preparing a conceptual cost plan and Example: preparing an early cost plan.

Construction site fire safety

Construction site fire safety now includes statistics and CIBSE guidance for 2019.

Extensions of time

The FAQs page has been updated to include information on the effect of the pandemic, and Progressing the claim has further explanatory and example information.

JCT Minor Works

There have been minor updates throughout this section to ensure it stays up to date, such as an update to the current position regarding liquidated damages clauses.

Loss and expense

Establishing the claim has been updated to address loss and expense in the context of COVID-19.

Managing client relationships

Seeking feedback has been updated, particularly regarding the timing of when to do so during a project.

Scottish construction contracts

This section has been taken over by a new author, Dr Ian Trushell, who has added some new information on fire safety warrant conditions.

Site inspections

Unsurprisingly, COVID-19 has had a considerable impact on site safety measures, which is covered in this update.

Taking the brief

The most important update to this section relates to the applicability of the force majeur clause to contracts as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Consultation drafts

See iConsult to review the latest RICS standards and guidance drafts.