Category Archives: Black International Construction Organisation (BICO) papers


File includes correspondence relating to the launch of the Building E=Quality discussion document which outlines ways in which ethnic minority contractors might increase their access to construction schemes funded by the Single Regeneration Budget and Housing Action Trusts. Includes correspondents such as Northern Counties Housing Association Limited, Co-operative Development Services, Commission for Racial Equality, Department of the Environment, The Housing Corporation and relates to issues such as housing, urban regeneration, racial discrimination, black and minority ethnic construction firms and consultancies.


File comprises correspondence, minutes, printed material and working notes relating to issues such as the Black International Construction Organisation’s policy framework re international development and the proposed project to assist in the redevelopment of South Africa’s built environment. Under the sponsorship of African Links and as part of a fact finding mission in 1996, three members of BICO were able to visit South Africa and to sign memoranda of understanding with the South African National Civic Organisation and the Deeper Life Ministry (Welkom). File also includes printed material such as the landmark discussion document entitled ‘Building E=Quality – Minority Ethnic Construction Professionals and Urban Regeneration’; document re the incorporation of the International Trade Centre (Global Trade Centre); and printed leaflets concerning the foundation and aims and objectives of the Black International Construction Organisation. See related record series in the Bernie Grant collection such as Subject files – International Affairs (Economic Development) and files within the records of the Global Trade Centre.