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‘Building in Quality’ consultation – tell the RIBA your views

‘Building in Quality’ consultation

17 May 2018

The RIBA, along with its partners the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), has completed its initial ‘Building in Quality’ consultation, with input from over 100 volunteer consultees.

The 'Building in Quality' initiative, 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.

It particularly targets design and build procurement, where cost and time are frozen at the point of contract, which can put quality at risk.

We have encouraged participation from all parties, including clients, 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.

We are now refining the Tracker with a view to launching a pilot later in the year.

Background

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 2016 Working With Architects client survey findings.

The initiative gained momentum in the wake of the Edinburgh Schools defects scandal and the tragic Grenfell Tower disaster.

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

If you would like more information on the 'Quality Risk Tracker: setting up a chain of custody' or would like to receive occasional updates on its development, contact clientservices@riba.org

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