As Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance costs rise following Grenfell fire, Project Compass Director Russell Curtis joins calls from the profession for the shift to Integrated Project Insurance (IPI).
“Now more than ever it’s surely time to consider alternatives,” .. “Integrated project insurance (IPI) is beginning to gain momentum among some enlightened clients as this leads to a less adversarial, buck-passing approach, instead encouraging teamwork and collective problem-solving – surely something the industry needs right now.”
With the rise of BIM, where the model is often led by the architect, the extent of an architect’s liability could be stretched again. To avoid that, this burden should be shared and other insurance approaches should undoubtedly be looked at.
Integrated Project Insurance (IPI), under an Alliance Contract, has been used recently on Dudley College’s Innovative new building. Insurance under this multi-party contract was provided by brokers Griffiths & Armour, with the project instigated under the Cabinet Office’s 2014 Trial Projects Delivery Programme, supported by an Innovate UK grant and known as known as “Dudley Advanced II”.
RIBA information on variants of the Single Project Insurance (SPI) model may be found HERE
Advice to clients
Clients might be better advised not to specify the insurance used in any particular project at the time of an architects procurement and appointment. This can ensure that the best, most effective and efficient insurance model suitable for each individual project can be determined as the project brief and design parameters develop.