With construction booming in Malta, the country’s minister responsible for infrastructure has asked the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) to expand membership there to promote higher levels of construction quality.
Ian Borg, Malta’s Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects, said: "We recognise that if we want quality buildings that can stand the test of time, and are adaptable for the future, then we need to ensure that the right people with the right skills are shaping our built landscape sustainably. The work of the CIOB in this area is particularly relevant as is the quality of their membership. We encourage the CIOB to grow its membership base in Malta as we look to attract more Chartered professionals."
His remarks follow a visit to the Mediterranean island country by CIOB chief executive Caroline Gumble.
According to Eurostat, the European Union’s statistical arm, between 2015 and 2019 construction output in Malta grew by 41%, putting Malta in the top five countries for construction activity in the EU.
The CIOB is campaigning for a greater focus on quality in construction following the outcomes from its own Construction Quality Commission. Established in 2017, the commission was formed as a response to the tragic Grenfell Tower incident in London and the closure of 17 schools in Edinburgh that were found to have defects.
Caroline Gumble said: "Malta has such a rich history with some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world. There should be an expectation that what is built today will also last for hundreds of years and have the capability of enhancing the lives of both today’s society and for future generations.
"Membership of the CIOB is about being a true professional, with skills and experience that are current and behaviour that is ethical. We encourage managers and leaders in Malta’s construction industry to join us so that together we can ensure a legacy of quality buildings."
Image: Aerial view of the Maltese capital, Valletta (CatalinBindiu/CC BY-SA 4.0)