CQIC launches with new Charter to drive for quality, sustainability, and collaboration across construction industry

Dylan MacdonaldCQIC, General News

The construction industry is to benefit from a dynamic new initiative – the Construction Quality Improvement Collaborative (CQIC). Launched under the remit of the Scottish Construction Accord, the CQIC is dedicated to transforming a sector that makes a significant contribution towards Scotland’s society, economy, and environment.

The Scottish Construction Accord, launched in October 2022, focusses on a series of key commitments including enhancing workforce diversity, reforming procurement, working with digital technology, promoting more modern methods of construction, working towards net zero, and improving construction quality.

To address some of these challenges, partners from across the construction sector, have worked  together to create the CQIC and to launch a Charter that encourages organisations to commit to transforming the industry by placing construction quality at the centre of all decision-making.

Speaking at a joint CQIC / GIRI (Get It Right Initiative) conference in Edinburgh to mark the launch of CQIC, Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise and Chair of the Construction Leadership Forum (CLF) 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, said; “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.”

Commenting on the CQIC launch, Ron Fraser, Chair of the Construction Scotland Industry Leadership Group said; “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, said; “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.”

Already several leading construction businesses and organisations have committed to the CQIC Charter at www.cqic.org.uk  As well as providing the opportunity to commit to the CQIC Charter, the website is a valuable resource for those in the sector providing easy access to key resources including Reports and Guidance, Case Studies, Industry Insights and Quality Experiences. It also provides up to date information about industry news and events about construction quality.

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