Published on : Wednesday, September 10, 2014
As part of its ongoing agenda to facilitate best industry practice and provide effective professional support, the British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) has published a new Concise Agreement for Interior Design Services (CID/14).
Building upon the success of the current Concise Agreement (CID/12), and incorporating the feedback of its existing users, CID/14 has been designed to support a fair and balanced relationship between designer and client.
CID/14 is an efficient, simplified version of the industry standard form of interior design appointment. Crucially, CID represents a form of appointment relevant to virtually all domestic and commercial interior projects.
Amongst the important new features offered are three updated and distinct Schedules of Services, including one each for Design Services, FF&E Services and Building Services. References to the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 are also incorporated throughout.
CID/14 has been developed by a team of experienced BIID-accredited interior designers to ensure its user-friendliness and suitability for the interior design sector. As such, there are additional new clauses specifically relevant to designers’ professional experiences.
“The BIID seeks to champion professionalism across our industry,” says Daniel Hopwood, President of the BIID. “We recommend the use of a properly drafted contract for our members as a necessity for any interior design project. Not only is using one a requirement of Institute membership, such a contract provides essential protection for designers and their clients. In fact, key to CID/14 is promoting a fair and balanced relationship between designer and client.”
The contract was written in conjunction with law firm Hewitsons. Commenting on the new contract, Colin Jones, Partner at Hewitsons said: “Our aim was to retain the integrity of the original versions of the CID series, but also to develop a new version which better reflected the range of specialist services offered by the interior design profession. I believe that we have managed to do what we set out to achieve and in a form which is up to date, flexible and straightforward to put in place.”
As the industry’s pre-eminent professional body, the BIID demonstrates a long-standing commitment to encouraging and supporting creativity and competence in the field of interior design. CID/14 represents an effective practical tool designed for the benefit of its members as part of the BIID’s wider mission to ensure best practice and professionalism.