CIOB launches 'CIOB Planning Protocol 2021'


22nd February 2021

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has launched its new CIOB Planning Protocol 2021 (also known as CIOB PP21). Two years in the making, CIOB PP21 has been designed by a team of experts as a tool for construction parties to use to see that the construction programme they create and maintain is precise and of high-quality at every stage.

CIOB PP21 sets out criteria and associated thresholds that must be applied to the programme to make sure that quality and consistency are achieved. Its principal aim is to aid users in understanding of the requirements of an effective programme and act as planning guidelines which, if followed, allow the thresholds (stress tests) to be met. It differs from existing planning guides which are predominately software-focussed assessments of the programme.

It can be incorporated into standard form and bespoke construction agreements alike, and is capable of being used on a broad range of projects. Its various tests are easily adaptable to suit any project, whatever its level of complexity.

CIOB PP21 is free of charge and is available to download from CIOB’s website here.


Manoj Bahl, Senior Managing Director – Construction Solutions at FTI Consulting, co-author of the CIOB Planning Protocol 2021, said:

“The CIOB Planning Protocol 2021 is practical tool for use by a project team when assessing the quality and suitability of a construction programme. It offers a set of clearly established standards to apply to a programme and allows for a simplified system of assessment.”


Keith McCall MCIOB, Associate at Arup, co-author of the CIOB Planning Protocol 2021, said:

“The CIOB Planning Protocol 2021 will enable planners to consistently produce good quality programmes across all types of construction projects.”


Francis Ho FCIOB, Partner at Penningtons Manches Cooper and Chair of CIOB’s Contract and Procurement Special Interest Group, said:

“The CIOB Planning Protocol 2021 is an exciting initiative to raise standards by creating a mainstream industry template for collaborating on construction programmes. With a central premise based on rating programmes through pass/fail tests, it’s simple to understand for contractors and clients alike. It’s a tool that all contractors and clients should seriously think about adopting.”


Richard Ormerod MCIOB, Industry Sector Manager at Elecosoft UK Ltd, said:

“We at Elecosoft welcome the CIOB Planning Protocol 2021 and have already integrated it within our Powerproject scheduling software. As a consequence, the Schedule Quality Check is widely in use, enabling planners to use this tool to check if their plan complies with its standards.”



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