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RIBA leads construction industry initiative to improve building quality

RIBA leads construction industry initiative to improve building quality

07 March 2018

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President Ben Derbyshire, Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Past-President Paul Nash, and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) President John Hughes have today (7 March) signed the ‘Building in Quality: Joint Memorandum of Understanding’ (JMU).

As part of this agreement, the partners launched an industry-wide consultation on a proposed system for establishing a chain of custody for quality in construction projects, on the RIBA stand (C:10) at ecobuild.

Led by the RIBA’s Client Liaison Group, the ‘Building in Quality’ initiative aims to encourage better collaboration, improved procurement, and to introduce new methods to improve the quality of the built environment for the benefit of society.

The signing commits the three institutes to working together to agree and publish a 'Quality Risk Tracker: setting up a chain of custody', to be launched in October 2018.

RIBA President Ben Derbyshire said, “I am pleased to be working with colleagues in the CIOB and the RICS to develop this new quality tracking tool to improve procurement and building projects. Our initiative proposes intelligent new measures to safeguard building quality, particularly for D&B schemes, and I am proud to champion its integration. I encourage RIBA members and other professionals in the construction industry to help shape this important tool.”

CIOB Past-President Paul Nash said, “Successful projects are built on the back of strong teams working together to create great places for people to live, work and play in. But they also depend on achieving the right balance between cost and quality and, as recent events have highlighted, as an industry we don’t always get that balance right. It’s for this reason that the ‘Building in Quality’ initiative is so important if we are to bring about the change in behaviours that are so urgently needed.”

The consultation process will run from April until end of June 2018 leading to a launch of the 'Quality Risk Tracker: setting up a chain of custody' at UK Construction Week from 9-11 October 2018. Parties wanting to participate in the consultation should go to our Building in Quality consultation page to register their interest.



For further press information contact Abigail Chiswell-White, RIBA, 020 7307 3811

PHOTO CALL: RIBA President Ben Derbyshire, CIOB past-President Paul Nash, and RICS President John Hughes will sign the Joint Memorandum of Understanding and launch the ‘Building in Quality’ consultation.

When: 15.00 – 15.30, 7 March 2018

Where: RIBA Bookshop & Meeting Space (Stand C:10) @ ecobuild, ExCeL, London

The ‘Building in Quality: Joint Memorandum of Understanding’ will be signed at 3pm on 7 March 2018. It commits the RIBA, CIOB and RICS to working together to:

  • Overcome cultural bias in the construction industry for better collaboration and greater transparency between members of the project team, including clients, designers, investors, stakeholders, constructors, and the supply chain.
  • Give due prominence to the outcomes stated in the project brief by establishing a documented chain of custody for quality indicators as the project progresses.
  • Establish a way to identify and track risks to quality aligned to the RIBA Plan of Work.
  • Encourage the involvement of end-users, purchasers and asset managers in the conception, design and specification of projects.
  • Promote progressive, long-term, integrated delivery and ownership structures.

The proposed ‘Quality Risk Tracker: setting up a chain of custody' is a way of establishing and documenting risks to build quality aligned to the RIBA Plan of Work.

The RIBA’s Client Liaison Group is led by Nigel Ostime of Hawkins\Brown Architects. It consults closely with the client body, including contractors, to research ways to improve the relationship between clients and architects.

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates


The Chartered Institute of Building is at the heart of a management career in construction. We are the world’s largest and most influential professional body for construction management and leadership. We have a Royal Charter to promote the science and practice of building and construction for the benefit of society, and we’ve been doing that since 1834. Our members work worldwide in the development, conservation and improvement of the built environment.

We accredit university degrees, educational courses and training. Our professional and vocational qualifications are a mark of the highest levels of competence and professionalism, providing assurance to clients and other professionals procuring build assets.

Further information is available by contacting Saul Townsend on or +44 (0) 1344 630 766.


The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the valuation, development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. Our name promises the consistent delivery of standards - bringing confidence to markets and effecting positive change in the built and natural environments.

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