There is a growing acceptance that the built environment sector needs to get its house in order to improve the safety and quality of building projects.
The pressure for change is coming from many different directions; concern for the health and safety of people who occupy the buildings, the financial viability of construction companies and from the insurance industry which has to pick up the tab when things go wrong.
Also looming on the horizon is the Building Safety Bill which is expected to become law in 2021. Although the Bill specifically relates to high rise residential buildings, most people in the construction industry see logic dictating that, in time it will be extended to all building projects.
This could see building regulations being enforced in law in the same way that health and safety regulations are. If this does happen, construction companies are going to have to take quality and risk management much more seriously.
Compliance and Audit Director for one of the UK’s major construction companies, Jon Adshead, has been close to the issue of quality management in the construction industry for most of his career.