In February 2017, a report was published describing the defects that led to the closure of 17 schools in Edinburgh. Just months later, in June 2017, the tragic Grenfell Tower fire took place, claiming the lives of 72 people.
It was in response to these incidents that in 2017 the Construction Quality Commission was established. The Commission, comprised of CIOB past presidents, was tasked with investigating the issue of quality in construction and the steps to be taken to resolve it. Working with CIOB members and construction organisations, the Commission has published its Code of Quality Management.
The Code of Quality Management aims to improve standards by providing industry professionals with the tools and processes needed to deliver quality on construction projects.
Quality and the CIOB
After the Grenfell incident, the Hackitt report highlighted that there is
“a cultural issue across the sector, which can be described as a ‘race to the bottom’ caused either through ignorance, indifference, or because the system does not facilitate good practice. There is insufficient focus on delivering the best quality building possible, in order to ensure that residents are safe, and feel safe.”
The same issues exist in other countries as well. As the leading professional organisation in construction management, the CIOB’s role in coming years is to be the moral compass of the construction industry. This corporate plan has been designed to position the CIOB as a driving force, leading a cultural shift that improves professionalism in construction, for the public good.