MPs join CIOB for launch of quality drive

14 December 2018 | By CM staff

Eddie Hughes MP

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) launched a new report aimed at improving quality in the built environment in front of MPs and senior industry figures on Wednesday (12 December).

The report, “Improving Quality in the Built Environment”, was presented at a parliamentary reception hosted by Eddie Hughes MP.

MPs and industry figures heard about the outcomes of the Construction Quality Commission, set up to identify what promotes or prevents delivery of quality in construction and what steps are needed to bring about change.

Hughes, MP for Walsall North said that 30 years ago industry standards were somewhat different but we have now reached a point where a culture of “health and safety is the way we work” and firmly embedded within the sector. He called for those present to support the CIOB’s work, adding: “I want to see that same cultural shift with regard to construction quality.”

Paul Nash, speaking at the Parliamentary reception

Paul Nash, chairman of the Commission, added: “Quality, or rather the failure of quality, is arguably the most important issue facing the construction industry today.” He then outlined what the CIOB report focusses on: “Our research identified … an underlying cultural issue in the industry. Quality was being sacrificed to achieve targets.”

Nash, a CIOB past president, then spoke of one of the key outcomes of the Commission’s work, the forthcoming Code of Quality Practice: “Today we are announcing the launch of a consultation on the Code.” The intention behind this is to set standards for the industry to achieve and “provide practitioners with the tools and processes needed to deliver quality on construction projects.” He concluded by saying: “There is never an excuse for poor quality.”

Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP for the City of Durham and shadow minister for Housing, Communities & Local Government, added her voice to the debate. She welcomed the CIOB’s report, saying: “I think the work you are doing is really important and I’m glad to see that improving the quality of the built environment has gone up the political agenda.”

The CIOB’s Construction Quality Commission was launched in early 2017 in response to a report into defects that led to the closure of a number of Edinburgh schools. It was given a new impetus following the tragic Grenfell Tower fire. The Commission, led by a group of the CIOB’s Past Presidents, worked with members and other industry organisations to identify the main issues with regard to quality in construction.

The Improving Quality in the Built Environment report is now available on the CIOB web site.  


Focus on leading and managing the system and it’s processes (including the design processes) instead of more inspection of the output to secure the cost benefits of improving quality.

Besides designing better buildings* the critical processes include recruiting, training and selecting subcontractors.

*imagine architects routinely designing a place for household bins.

Waggle, 17 December 2018

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