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‘Building in Quality’ consultation

‘Building in Quality’ consultation – tell us your views

Presidents from the CIOB, RIBA and RICS sign a Joint Memorandum of Understanding

The RIBA, along with its partners the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), have invited people working in the UK construction industry to participate in its ‘Building in Quality’ consultation.

We have encouraged participation from all parties, including architects, surveyors, engineers, contractors, consultants, agents, developers, investors, insurers, lawyers, representatives from industry institutions and organisations and others with an interest in the quality of the built environment.

The ultimate objective of the ‘Building in Quality’ initiative is to improve collaboration within project teams and establish a beneficial link between client and end-users through a chain of custody for quality, for the benefit of society.


The RIBA Client Liaison Group set up a cross-disciplinary Working Group in 2017 to improve the relationship between contractors and architects in response to its seminal 2016 Working With Architects client survey findings.

The initiative gained momentum in the wake of recent tragic and high-profile building failures.

At Ecobuild on 7 March 2018, the RIBA, CIOB and RICS signed a Joint Memorandum of Understanding for working together to establish a chain of custody system for tracking quality in construction projects.

Read the press release for more information and quotes from the presidents of each institute. 

The 'Building in Quality' initiative, as it is known, aims to introduce a simple, straightforward system for documenting and tracking risks to quality through the life of a construction project.

The Working Group has produced a proposal - 'Quality Risk Tracker: setting up a chain of custody' - for how the system might work in practice.

We are currently gathering expert, cross-disciplinary commentary from 100 volunteer consultees involved in the UK construction industry with a view to launching a pilot later this year. For further information, email

Updated on 17 May 2018. 

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