Tory MP calls for focus on construction quality

Story for CM? Get in touch via email: [email protected]


  1. wow i think pot and kettle

  2. You’ve had a race to the bottom on constructions costs for decades coupled with those at the top creaming off any profits for themselves so what do you expect?
    Fact is that as a country we haven’t been paying the true value of our building materials & labour for a very long time. Its no wonder there is a skills crisis.

  3. It is worrying that an MP should address comments about the excessive pay of speculative house builders to the CIOB. Surely it is the policies of politicians that have created a disfuctional house building market. Also I would have thought that addressing these remarks to the NHBC or other bodies that represent speculative house builders would have been more appropriate.

  4. The issues relating to quality within the industry are a topic that most would
    rather not approach, or as Mark Farmer states (The Farmers Review), it’s like “opening a can of worms which many would prefer not to be touched”. What is very apparent is that the industry needs improvement as it is vital for the future development aspiration of the UK. The different issues relating to poor quality are seemingly a domino effect of many different internal and external influences.

    Many industry experts and academics identify a distinct lack of skilled and focus workmanship has being the main cause. However, what is also apparent is that the culture of the industry is subjectively influenced by the UK Governmental reforms and targets set within industry strategies, i.e. Construction 2025, most industry experts fail to recognise this, but, combined with diminishing profit margins, caused by instability within the economy (Brexit) are continuing to drive the need to further value engineer out additional project costs, to help obtain a better margin, which – as a result – will continue to bring a reduced focus or a “that’ll do” attitude towards quality.

    I have developed a paper on these issues’ that identify’s the route cause for the decline in quality, I’m also currently working on ways to improve quality at site level which I hope to produce later this year and try and implement on my next project so hopefully I will be able to test if my theory will work.

  5. Better quality costs a lot less than putting right bad quality. Just invest wisely in getting buildings right the first time. Instead, through your actions or failure to act you show that would rather pay the considerable price of poor quality.

  6. Long over due

  7. For quality, read education, training and experience; an old chestnut. Once properly trained and educated and I don’t necessarily mean academically qualified, then and only then can projects be adequately supervised to produce the quality of an output specification. “Snagging” should be a thing of the past and return visits non existent. This is not utopia. It is achievable but it has to be a company philosophy, not just a company value that looks right to outside world or one that’s displayed on your computer screen every morning. Everyone has to subscribe to it and incorporate it within budgets.

  8. Following outstanding feedback of my report that identified the route cause for the decline in quality, which was peer reviewed by another professional body, they recommended that I send it to the CIOB, amongst others, in January 2018 for peer review. This was before the Hackitt report came out, my report identified the issues relating to poor quality which is surprisingly echoed the Code of Quality Management paper released by the CIOB in 2019.
    I have already been working on this for some time and have put together strategies to improve quality across the industry which, once set-up, should be self regulating and aimed at promoting and developing higher skills, professional workmanship principles and industry standards.
    The odd thing is that the tools needed to improve quality within the industry are already their to be implemented, it just needs a little creative thinking, coupled with modern technology and dedicated management/control procedures to action it effectively, which I aim to prove in my next paper.

Comments are closed.

Latest articles in News