One of the UK’s top construction professional bodies has launched a global inquiry into the failings of the industry after a series of high-profile disasters.
Citing the catastrophic fire at London’s Grenfell Tower this year and the closure of 17 schools in Edinburgh in 2016 over dangerous construction defects, the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is now calling for evidence into the issue of construction quality.
"It is clear there is an urgent review needed of the way in which construction quality is managed," said chair of the commission, CIOB Immediate Past President Paul Nash, in launching the call for evidence today.
"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."
The call for evidence, accessible here, 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 will focus on the need for a "culture of quality within the construction sector, instilling pride in the buildings and infrastructure that the sector creates and manages".
The CIOB said that central to this is the "need to understand the behaviours, both individual and corporate, that are promoting or preventing the delivery of quality on construction projects".
The Commission wants evidence to identify what improvements are necessary to achieve high standards of quality in the product, people and processes, and is most interested in potential solutions and innovations.
The deadline for evidence is Friday 1 December. More information can be found here: www.ciob.org/quality
Image: Grenfell Tower, London, days after the fire on 14 June 2017 (ChiralJon/Wikimedia Commons)