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Construction Industry Scheme Reform Manual

The Scheme: construction operations: artistic works

CISR14600 Action guide contents

FA04/S74 (3)(f) excludes from the Construction Industry Scheme ‘the making, installation and repair of artistic works, being sculptures, murals and other works that are wholly artistic in nature’.

It is important to note that for the exclusion to apply the works must be wholly artistic. This means that if works fulfil a normal functional purpose associated with a building they are not excluded. For example, wrought iron gates installed in a building entrance are highly decorative examples of what is basically a common building feature. The fact that their design embodies an artistic element does not make them wholly artistic works.

You should consider whether the ‘works’ are integral to the building or structure and fulfil a particular function. A mosaic wall or floor in a swimming pool or a shower, for example, may be artistic but in addition have both a structural and a protective purpose. This may be considered analogous to building a bathroom wall and covering it with ceramic tiles. Therefore, the purpose of the mosaic wall/floor in these circumstances would not be considered ‘wholly’ artistic.

Another approach, in deciding whether works are wholly artistic, is to consider whether the art work itself can be removed relatively easily and without any damage to the building or structure. If it can, it is likely to be wholly artistic, for example, removing a painting from a wall or lifting a freestanding sculpture.

If the act of removing the item necessitates construction operations to be carried out, then it is likely that its purpose was not wholly artistic. For example. chiselling up a mosaic floor will require another replacement floor covering. Again, in these circumstances the item could not be considered to be wholly artistic.

Within CIS

The exclusion does not apply to

  • stained glass windows
  • ornamental gates, balustrades
  • decorative tiling.
  • decorative paintwork, for example gold leaf work/painting on a banister, dado rails, skirting boards, ceiling rose/cornices, architraves
  • ornamental fountains that may require the following; foundation work, installation of a water supply source and associated pipe-work, installation of electrical power source for water pumps and/or lighting.

Excluded from CIS

The following are excluded from CIS

  • sculptures
  • murals
  • other works serving a wholly artistic purpose.