FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract

Framework Alliance Contract
FAC-1

The FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract is a multilateral framework contract, which can be used by both public and private clients. It promotes collaboration and efficiency as the added values of a new type of contract that draws on synergies to overcome conflicts inherent in negotiated relationships.

The framework contract was drawn up in partnership with the prestigious King's College London, based on a licence agreement signed by the Rector of the University of Milan on 20 December 2016.

The contract was adapted to the Italian legal framework by an interdisciplinary working group of the University of Milan (Sara Valaguzza and Eduardo Parisi), the Polytechnic University of Milan (Giuseppe Di Giuda and Paolo Giana) and the University of Brescia (Angelo Ciribini). This group later formed the first Interuniversity Centre of Construction Law and Management.

In order to ensure that the terms used in the translation be easily understandable and the framework contract consistent with its target market, as well as with the regulator's perspective, the first version of the document was discussed with over thirty institutional entities, local agencies, universities, trade associations, administrative judiciary representatives and private players prior to its publication.

Sara Valaguzza teaches Administrative Law at the Italian and Supranational Public Law Department. She is in charge of the project implementation on behalf of the University of Milan.

Thanks to its flexibility and versatility, the FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract makes it possible to efficiently manage multiple-contract and/or multiple-player commissions.

More specifically, FAC-1 allows to:

  • reduce extra costs in the execution phase and monitor its timeline
  • coordinate the activities of multiple players with greater certainty of outcome and the reduction of unexpected interferences
  • efficiently manage complex commissions
  • provide added value in terms of work or service sustainability, site efficiency, employment and working conditions, cooperation with the supply chain, use of BIM - Building Information Modelling, etc.
  • involve all the professionals in the collaboration
  • promote transparency
  • prevent risks during the execution phase
  • reduce litigation through claims prevention and out-of-court settlement.

FAC-1 further promotes the use of BIM (Building Information Modelling) to enhance the collaboration between team members, by linking the design and implementation phases.

You can purchase FAC-1 online specifying for which project you intend to use the Framework Alliance Contract. Upon receipt of payment, the system will generate an uneditable .pdf file incorporating the project title. You may only use it with reference to the stated project and may not disclose it.

For information and technical assistance: fac-1@unimi.it

The FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract was first used by the Futures Housing Group for 23 contracts. Thanks to its simple language and sequential approach to each phase, the company achieved cost savings of 9.3%.

FAC-1 was further used by the Surrey County Council for the construction of a highway, achieving the following targets:

  • 15% cost savings
  • an increase in the value of the work life cycle
  • an improvement in quality control through shared risk assessment
  • greater work sustainability, through the use of recyclable products
  • the involvement of local workers.

Following the FAC-1 Framework of the Collaborative Agreement, and based on the needs that emerged from the interaction with institutions and industry players, the University of Milan played a key role in the creation of the first Interuniversity Centre of Construction Law and Management. The Centre today includes the University of Milan, the University of Brescia and the Polytechnic University of Milan. This interdisciplinary and innovative initiative was inspired by the successful Centre of Construction Law and Dispute Resolution of King's College London, promoted by David Mosey.

The Centre of Construction Law and Management was approved by the Academic Senate of the University of Milan by a resolution dated 18 April 2017, and is directed by Sara Valaguzza, who teaches Administrative Law at the Italian and Supranational Public Law Department.