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CIOB launches call for evidence into construction quality

Today (30 October 2017) the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) has announced a call for evidence into construction quality.

The call for evidence, accessible at www.ciob.org/quality, comes from the CIOB’s Construction Quality Commission, set up earlier this year in response to a number of high-profile failings in construction quality both in the UK and internationally.

The Commission, made up of a number of CIOB Past Presidents, has agreed to focus on the need to establish and promote a culture of quality within the construction sector, instilling pride in the buildings and infrastructure that the sector creates and manages. Central to this is the need to better understand the behaviours, both individual and corporate, that are promoting or preventing the delivery of quality on construction projects.

Chair of the Commission, CIOB Immediate Past President Paul Nash, said: “It is clear there is an urgent review needed of the way in which construction quality is managed. As the professional body responsible for construction management, the CIOB has a duty to respond to this issue, acting in the public interest.

“The findings from the call for evidence will feed into the work of the Commission, which is looking specifically at areas where the CIOB can have a direct influence in improving construction quality.

“I would encourage as many people as possible involved in the built environment to respond to this call for evidence. We welcome responses from the global construction sector, as it is clear that issues of quality are not just constrained to the UK.”

Responses to the call for evidence will help the CIOB shape its work on improving construction quality and provide an evidence base to draw on. The Commission is looking for clear evidence to identify what improvements are necessary to achieve high standards of quality in the product, people and processes throughout the construction sector. This includes highlighting examples of good practice that others can learn from, as well as poor practice that is to be avoided at all costs.

Evidence needs to be submitted by Friday 1 December. We hope to invite respondents to give oral evidence to the Commission during sessions in the New Year.  Evidence that presents potential solutions and innovations that will provide opportunities to improve quality will be prioritised.

Details and guidelines on how to submit evidence can be found at www.ciob.org/quality

All enquiries about submissions should be directed to David Hawkes, CIOB Policy Manager on quality@ciob.org.uk or +44 (0)1344 630 735.


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NOTES TO EDITORS

The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction.

We are the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership.  We have a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, and we’ve been doing that since 1834. Our members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment.
We accredit university degrees, educational courses and training. Our professional and vocational qualifications are a mark of the highest levels of competence and professionalism, providing assurance to clients and other professionals procuring built assets.
Further information is available by contacting Saul Townsend on stownsend@ciob.org.uk or +44 (0) 1344 630 766.

CIOB Construction Quality Commission Terms of Reference

·         To encourage a new quality culture to instil pride in the work of the construction sector.
·         To improve the quality of the product, people and process, whilst recognising the regulatory, statutory and compliance requirements for design, off-site assembly and site production in the construction sector.
·         To instil a greater awareness of quality in construction in the education and training of CIOB members and the wider construction community.
·         To recognise the role of government, clients/owners, the design team, contractors, site production team, and subcontractors in the delivery of quality.
·         To recognise the reality of constraints (quality of people and training, and skills availability) on the workforce and the fragmentation of the supply chain.

The Construction Quality Commission is chaired by CIOB Immediate Past President Paul Nash, with other members including CIOB Past Presidents Professor Roger Flanagan, Peter Jacobs and James Wates CBE.

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