CIGNI Aims & Objectives
CIGNI was formed in 1998 with the aim of representing the collective voice of organisations representing those working within the wider Northern Ireland Construction Industry.
Its objectives include:
• Promoting the interests of the construction industry in Northern Ireland
• Promoting efficiency
• Developing, promoting and monitoring good practice within the industry
• Securing and improving the industry’s workload
• Exerting influence on government policy
• Creating awareness of both the industry and the quality of the built environment

The Group is currently composed of four colleges:

College Organisations covered
Contractors Group Construction Employers Federation
Federation of Master Builders
Suppliers Group Quarry Products Association NI
Hire Association Europe
Wood NI
Glass and Glazing Federation
Professional Council Royal Society of Ulster Architects
Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Association of Consulting Engineers
A number of other professional bodies
Specialist Sub Contractors Group Specialist Engineering Contractors (heating, electrical, plumbing, steel, piling)

Since the re-introduction of devolution in 2007 CIGNI has grown in strength and influence to the point where the Northern Ireland Executive and Assembly Politicians of all shades of opinion consider the CIGNI to be the voice of the construction industry in the Province. The CIGNI are regularly asked to meet, provide briefings and consult with both the various Ministers and Assembly sub-committees.

In partnership with the Assembly MLAs we have jointly established the Northern Ireland Assembly Working Group on Construction which meets three times a year to provide a forum for MLAs from all political parties to meet with representatives of the construction industry to discuss current issues relating to the industry.

Now in our eleventh year we are about to embark on a strategic review of the organisation which is intended to build on our successes to date and help us look forward to the next five to ten years so we can re-focus our efforts on the ever changing environment in which we work.