CQIC initiative tipped to help transform Scotland’s construction industry

THE transformation of Scotland’s construction industry has been ramped up with the formation of the new Construction Quality Improvement Collaborative (CQIC).

Launched under the remit of the Scottish Construction Accord, the CQIC combines partners from across the sector, who have worked together to launch a charter that encourages organisations to commit to transforming the industry by placing construction quality at the heart of all decision-making.

A number of leading construction businesses and organisations have already committed to the CQIC Charter at www.cqic.org.uk.

Speaking at a joint CQIC/GIRI (Get It Right Initiative) conference in Edinburgh to mark the launch of CQIC, Scottish Government business minister and chair of the Construction Leadership Forum (CLF), Ivan McKee MSP, said, “Following the launch of our Construction Accord, the Construction Leadership Forum’s next phase will be one of action and delivery, with quality at the heart of that work.

“We don’t underestimate the scale of that challenge and, to succeed, every individual must take responsibility for quality. It’s encouraging to see Construction Quality Improvement Collaborative lead in championing this important issue and I look forward to seeing quality improvements across the sector.”

Peter Reekie, chief executive of infrastructure body the Scottish Futures Trust, and chair of the transformation board of the Scottish Construction Accord, added, “This is a key moment for the construction sector, and I know that everyone involved is ready to step forward to address the challenges and opportunities set out in the Accord.

“We all know that getting it right first time makes sense financially, environmentally, and importantly, from a safety perspective. It is also vital if we are going to deliver on our target for achieving net zero.”

Ron Fraser, chair of the Construction Scotland Industry Leadership Group, commented, “As we face some of the greatest challenges we have ever had to deal with, we need to work differently, learn from each other and tackle the things that no longer serve our sector or our clients.

“While we all aim for the same positive outcomes, we can sometimes find ourselves tackling challenges on our own rather than finding ways to collaborate with others. The CQIC initiative wants to change that so that everyone involved in projects works together to achieve the levels of quality expected.”

Karen Stevenson, head of policy and development at the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, addd, “There are opportunities to improve every aspect of construction project delivery. By committing to the CQIC Charter everyone can be part of the mission to shine a light on the things we all want to improve and to share in the successes we will have along the way.”