CIAT response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Contacting CIAT

Based on the current UK Government guidelines and advice, Central Office will remain closed. Staff continue to work remotely and can be contacted by email and phone. Find their details here.

Paperless office
397 City Road is operating as a paperless office. For our members and affiliates this means that should you need to post a document, such as an application form, Professional Assessment application or Practice Profile Form, we ask that you please instead email these to the relevant department. 

You can find the department email addresses here:

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Online forms
Below, you can find links to the online forms on our website in the Members' area:

Practice registration form for Chartered Members
Practice registration form for affiliates
Concessionary rate application

We have intermittent access to all other post at the current time. Please email [email protected].global or call +44 (0)20 7278 2206 if your matter requires urgent attention

Meetings and events

Meetings and events organised by CIAT will be postponed or run virtually via video/conference call until 2022.

Staff from CIAT will not be attending any exhibitions or trade shows until 2022.

(Updated 16 March 2021)

Qualifying as a Chartered Architectural Technologist

If you are an AT professional and looking to utilise your time during lockdown, then you can qualify as a Chartered Architectural Technologist and the process will be carried out remotely. Your Professional Assessment Interview will be held via Zoom and the current turnaround is quicker than usual.

Steps to qualify remotely:

  1. Complete the MCIAT Professional Assessment and reference supporting evidence to prove suitability. It must be supported by a Referee (MCIAT, ARB, MRICS, MCIOB, MCABE etc.). You must be an active Associate member or affiliate to apply.

  2. Submit the MCIAT PA application with evidence via Dropbox, WeTransfer, Google Drive (or alike) to [email protected]lobal and pay the £350 assessment fee.

  3. The Member Panel will review the MCIAT PA application and determine a result (pass/defer/refer). If we defer and ask for further evidence, we will provide guidance on what is required.

  4. Once awarded a pass, we will arrange your Professional Assessment Interview via Zoom.

A selection of completed exemplers, PA form to complete, Professional Standards Framework and candidate guidance notes can be found here.

For any queries or assistance required, please do not hesitate to contact the Membership Department:
James Banks, Membership Director – [email protected]
Dorota Fitzpatrick, Assistant Membership Director – [email protected]
Megan Brown, Membership Officer – [email protected]

Checklist for Architectural Technologists

CIAT encourages its members to consider the ramifications of the current and evolving situation as daily life is disrupted for themselves and their businesses. Remember to keep up to date with official advice and guidance. Key considerations include:

For Practice Leaders

Protect your staff

  • Enable your staff to work from home if they are able to do so. ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) have guidance on supporting employees who are working remotely due to the pandemic.
  • Develop your policies and plans for supporting flexible working arrangements, particularly in light of school closures and childcare disruption.
  • If your workplace is open, to make it safe, employers must encourage staff to work from home, wherever possible; have completed a 'risk assessment', and taken reasonable steps to prevent harm in the workplace; and follow the government guidelines on safer working on GOV.UK.
  • Put in place mental wellbeing support for remote working staff.
  • Ensure that your core staff support systems, including those for payroll and staff sickness reporting are robust and resilient.
  • Look into furlough options if appropriate. The CIPD have provided a useful guide on this. Click here to access it.

Review your insurances and contracts

  • If your PI insurance policy is due for renewal within the next three months make early contact with your broker.
  • Review all your insurance policies, including any business interruption insurance provisions.
  • Review all professional services and construction contracts for force majeure provisions.

Make contact with your local regulators

  • Contact your local planning authority and building control authority/approved inspectors to understand their plans for development control and building control processes during this period.

For salaried Architectural Technologists and staff

Employment rights
The UK Government has been clear that employers should support their staff’s welfare, especially during an extended response. It is important employees understand their employment rights, not just at times like these. 

ACAS (the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) has published advice for employers and employees. Click here to view it.

There is also new guidance on homeworking. See more here.

The Money Advice Service has a guide that looks at your sick pay rights, changes to claiming your benefits and what it means for travel. Click here to read it.

Personal finance
Review your personal finances and keep up to date with any announcements that may help your circumstances. New measures are being brought in to support individuals durings these challenging times.

Advice on sick pay, mortgages, rent and a warning about Coronavirus scams has been issued by MoneySavingExpert. Click here to view this. (Please note CIAT is not responsible for this external content.)

Everyone is urged to work from home during this disruption, if it is possible to do so. When working from home, ensure you have clear understanding about expectations on you for delivery, and maintain regular contact with your line manager.

For students

Your university
Make sure you have read all guidance that will have been provided by your university. Contact your tutors to understand how they intend to keep in touch with you, and maintain continuity of teaching over the coming weeks and months.

Managing your time 
In normal circumstances, the end of the academic year can be a stressful time but it is important to continue to produce your best work. Make sure you are clear when any assignments have to be submitted – make a detailed plan of what you have to do and for when.

Try to maintain your usual pattern of working, and follow best practice with respect to time management – create a timetable and and set yourself regular and reasonable goals with your work.

Keeping in touch
If you are currently in a different country/time zone, consider how this may affect your tutorials and teaching interactions – make sure everyone is aware of your current location and any impacts this may have. 

Keep in touch with family and friends, and maintain the conversations you have with your university peer group. Look for creative ways to share support, knowledge and information.

Your health and wellbeing
If you are feeling anxious or have concerns, there is lots of advice available. Remember to speak to your family, friends and tutors. The Architects' Benevolent Society (ABS) have many resources available in response to this unprecedented situation. Click here to read their statement on COVID-19 and access their resources.

Beyond COVID-19 guidance

Beyond COVID-19: Recovery measures for architectural technologists and building surveyors in design and contract administration roles is a joint collaboration between CIAT and RICS.  This publication builds on government and wider industry guidance and provides advice to CIAT and RICS professionals working in building design, surveying and contract administration. 

Download the guidance here.

Contractual issues caused by Coronavirus

Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (UK) and Contract Clauses
The temporary measures introduced by the Government in June intended to assist firms facing insolvency have now been extended to December 2020.

The measures include a relaxation of rules relating to those in financial difficulties in an attempt to give them time to recover.

A link to the legislation is available here. Further information from the Government may be viewed here.

Members and affiliates should also be aware, however, that termination clauses triggered by insolvency cease to have effect. Any Member or affiliate seeking to invoke such a clause should be aware that there is a temporary extension for "small entities" which has been extended to March 2021.

Z Clauses in Procurement
Members and affiliates tendering for procurement projects at this time should be extra vigilant when agreeing to terms in contracts. In order to protect their interests during COVID-19, there has been an increase in what are known as "Z clauses" being added by those organisations procuring services. Some of these clauses may render the terms of the contracts unattractive in removing any rights to claim for "compensation events" for unforeseen additional costs due to COVID-19 and not recognising the pandemic as a force majeure.

Members and affiliates are advised to carefully consider the contents of any of these Z clauses and attempt to negotiate more favourable terms where they are felt to create unacceptable risks for Members and affiliates.

CIAT has produced an article on assessing risks on site and the impact on contracts which can be viewed here

Contractual impacts of Covid-19 flowchart from CIAT.


Updates from the Built Environment

Site operating procedures during COVID-19

After confirmation that England would move to the final stage of easing of coronavirus restrictions from Monday 19 July, the CLC has said it will keep its guidance documents available "as a reference".  Whilst they will no longer reflect the latest Government guidance, businesses across the supply chain may wish to maintain elements of social distancing for the time being. Read the full statement here.

Update: Site Operating Procedures are no longer current and remain available as a reference document.

Face covering guidance

The Government suggests that face coverings should be worn in crowded and enclosed spaces where people may come into contact with others they don’t normally meet. Employers can choose to ask workers to wear a face covering, even though they are not legally required to, but need to consider reasonable adjustments for workers with disabilities, as well as other obligations to workers arising from legislation. Workers may also choose to wear a face covering where it is not legally required. 

The use of face coverings and/or PPE is not required in response to coronavirus whilst carrying out construction activities.

Read the latest CLC guidance here.

Updates from The Construction Leadership Council (CLC)

Update on rules of self-isolation (21 July 2021)
An update to industry in relation to COVID-19 and self-isolation following the relaxation of COVID-19 rules on 19 July 2021.

England lockdown –a message to the construction industry (13 January 2021)
A letter to the industry from Andy Mitchell, CLC Co-Chair, regarding the recent national lockdown.

England lockdown – a message to the construction industry (2 November 2020)
A letter to the industry from Andy Mitchell, CLC C0-Chair, following the PM’s announcement of a second national lockdown. 

An update on the CLC's People & Skills Network to support a skills led recovery from COVID-19 (29 October 2020)
This letter to Nadhim Zahawi MP outlines priority policy interventions for Government to support a recovery in construction apprenticeship starts and to progress more FE learners into the industry.

Use of face coverings in construction during Coronavirus (29 September 2020)
The CLC now recommends that masks are worn where workers on site are not required to wear Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) and their workplace (which may include welfare and changing facilities, office or meeting rooms) meets all of the following criteria:

  • an enclosed space;
  • where social distancing isn't always possible; and
  • where they come into contact with others they do not normally meet.

Download the guidance here.

Use of face coverings in construction during Coronavirus (14 August 2020)
In The Use of Face Coverings in Construction during Coronavirus (COVID-19), it is proposed that employers make available face coverings as a minimum where workers are not required to wear RPE for their specific task and their workplace meets all of the following criteria:

  • an enclosed space;
  • where social distancing isn't always possible; and
  • where they come into contact with others they do not normally meet.

Download the guidance here.

Construction Roadmap to Recovery (1 June 2020)
The Construction Leadership Council's Covid-19 Taskforce has laid out proposals to secure the future of construction businesses nationwide, while setting the industry on a sustainable path towards recovery. The Roadmap to Recovery can be downloaded here.

Contractual best practice guidance (7 May 2020)
Advice on contractual best practice has been produced by the CLC via its Covid-19 Industry Task Force. View it here.

Guidance for on-site construction sites

Langley, supported by the Construction Industry Council (CIC), has produced a short video that demonstrates safe and responsible guidance for workers on construction sites operating during the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, to ensure the protection of the workforce and minimise the risk of the spread of infection.

Safe working during the COVID-19 pandemic 

BSI has published PD ISO/PAS 45005:2020, Occupational health and safety management — General guidelines for safe working during the COVID-19 pandemic, which supplies practical recommendations to organisations and workers on how to manage the risks. Download the guidance here.

The Federation of Master Builders has issued guidance for its members on restarting building work. To view the guide visit


The Construction Industry Collective Voice (CICV) 

The CICV Forum was set up with the aim of bringing together the main construction trade and professional bodies to gather intelligence, share advice and speak directly with the Scottish Government on issues affecting members in the current crisis.

An article about the work of the Forum appears in the June/July 2020 edition of CABLEtalk, the SELECT stakeholder magazine. View it here.

The CICV has developed detailed guidance on health and safety and this can be viewed here.

As of January 2022, it has now changed its name to the Construction Industry Collective Voice (CICV)putting more emphasis on its shared focus and willingness to tackle the many other issues currently facing the construction industry.

Contractual issues caused by Coronavirus

The Cabinet Office has issued guidance on responsible contract behaviour. Access this here.

Guidance on contractual issues caused by coronavirus has been published by Build UK and law firm Wedlake Bell, setting out key general considerations as well as implications for JCT and NEC contracts. Read it here.


Information and guidance from Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

The Building Safety eBulletin will keep you up to date on the shadow Building Safety Regulator being established within HSE and the progress of the draft Building Safety Bill and Fire Safety Order consultation. Subscribe using the link here.

Review Coronavirus information provided by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) - click here to view it.

Regulating occupational health and safety during the coronavirus outbreak.
Guidance for employers to keep lone workers healthy and safe.
Advice for duty holders on additional precautions to help reduce the risk of transmission of coronavirus when meeting legal requirements for thorough examination and testing (TE&T).
Downloadable stress talking toolkit which has ideas you can adapt to suit your current working arrangements.
Protecting homeworkers


Hays Thrive free online training

Hays Thrive is a free online training portal designed to help employers and their teams grow the skills they need to function effectively and evolve in the face of the Coronavirus crisis. Current courses focus on remote working, wellbeing and health and safety. New courses are added monthly. Find out more and sign up here.

Kickstart Scheme

The Government has launched the Kickstart Scheme.

It provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment.

For more information visit:


The government has provided advice for companies regarding VAT.

A help and support page is available with online guides, webinars and videos:

From 1 March 2021 the domestic VAT reverse charge must be used for most supplies of building and construction services.

The government has issued guidance regarding the VAT reverse charge for building and construction services:

There is support available for businesses struggling to pay their taxes at:

If you require any further information or advice please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] - we will continue to do all we can to support our members and affiliates in this period.