11th June 2018
Introducing Quality Hold Points – Housing Forum Report

A Housing Forum commissioned report, Stopping Building Failures: How a Collaborative Approach can Improve Quality and Workmanship was recently launched at the forum’s recent National Conference. 

The report prioritises focus on procuring for quality, harnessing innovation & building defect free homes and draws on the experience of Rund and other forum members from across the sector.

In one of the report’s case studies, ‘Introducing Quality Hold Points’, Paul Belfield, Director, Rund explains how enacting quality hold points in the construction programme can improve quality control.

In the case study, Paul explains how construction quality only improves through a right-first-time culture. Without this attention to detail, quality standards are seriously compromised and design standards unrealised. Without regular inspections, agreed quality and workmanship standards more often than not fall short.

Looking beyond the role of a traditional clerk of works, a permanent quality inspector can achieve greater control over site quality to maintain appropriate standards of workmanship, ensuring quality is firmly embedded within the workforce on site, be that through a contractor or their subcontractors.

By benchmarking work on site and enacting quality hold points in the construction programme, construction quality can be assessed, rectified if necessary, and higher standards instilled to improve quality control. Robust project monitoring and checking process ensure actions are recorded and proactively managed.

When it comes to maintaining quality, there is no substitute for regular site inspections. This is a role ideally suited to a quality inspector whose presence at every stage of the build process ensures a development complies with relevant standards and the agreed quality programme.

A full copy of Stopping Building Failures is available here.

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