Public Consultation on the Draft Construction Quality Planning (CQP) Guide

Background

Our mission as the Construction Innovation Hub is to transform construction through manufacturing technologies and digital ways of working that are trusted and secure. To enable this, the Hub is developing new digital approaches to testing and validation, regulatory compliance and – critically – quality assurance.

The Construction Quality Planning (CQP) provides a structured quality planning process for introducing new products, from the concept phase through to manufacturing and first-time installation. CQP applies to products being manufactured and delivered at scale (higher production volumes) using manufacturing-led construction approaches such as Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), offsite, platform and Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA).

The process builds on Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), an established and recognised methodology employed throughout the manufacturing sector on a global scale to effectively ‘build in’ the quality into new and complex products being brought to market. Now an ingrained process in the manufacturing sector; APQP supported a shift from a defect-checking culture, to a defect-prevention led approach. Many of the tools included within APQP can be adapted to construction, providing improved quality and therefore addressing the identified bottlenecks for the sector. In sectors such as aerospace and automotive, industry specific standards provide guidance on applying these tools.

The CQP guide introduces the CQP five key phases, the toolsets that will be applied across every phase, and the gated approval process used to assess quality and production readiness within the construction supply chain. It explains how implementation of CQP, and the quality assurance toolset included within the methodology, will provide improved quality of products and help to address areas for improvement for offsite construction. The guide also prevents bespoke methodologies being created by different organisations in order to utilise the outlined quality tools.

Quality assurance and quality management processes applying to onsite construction methodologies, transportation, logistics and storage are out of scope for the guide, but CQP will form part of a family of quality management approaches that will be introduced through the wider Hub programme to cover onsite construction and whole life management.

Key information about the CQP:

  • CQP is a new structured quality planning process that builds on quality methodologies and terminology which are already used successfully in the Manufacturing sector;
  • it supports innovative products being brought to the market by firms that feed construction with components for offsite builds;
  • it provides a much-needed standardised process for the construction industry to measure quality data and outputs; and
  • crucially, CQP could lead on to future accreditation schemes, providing confidence to clients, insurers, lenders, and contractors.

For your reference you can find the draft CQP guide and FAQs in the links below:

[CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE CONSTRUCTION QUALITY PLANNING (CQP) GUIDE].

[CLICK HERE TO ACCESS FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS]. 

NB: the Building Information Modelling (BIM) and related references in the CQP guide will be updated to reflect the transition from PAS 1192-2 standard to the BS EN ISO 19650 international standard.

Public Consultation

Given the key role that CQP will play in supporting the pathway towards a transformed construction sector, the Hub launched an open consultation on the draft CQP guide. The consultation was set to provide a forum for information exchange and open discussion with industry stakeholders on how the CQP process could be incorporated into practice in the UK construction sector. Views from the UK construction and manufacturing sectors, especially those involved in MMC, offsite manufacturing and public and private sector clients are of particular interest for the Hub.

Key questions included in the consultation:

  • specific recommendations in relation to the CQP process, fundamentals and the five phases;
  • how informative, organised and clear is the information and concepts shared in the CQP guide;
  • perceived benefits and challenges for adoption of the CQP process within the construction sector; and,
  • stakeholders’ interest in being part of the next stage of the project, by testing application of the tool within organisations and creating proof-of-concept case studies to demonstrate applicability and lessons learnt.

The consultation ran from 18 May to 31 August 2020. The Hub welcomes with great fervour all the views shared and looks forward to further collaboration and continue the conversation with all involved. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to consult and share their feedback.

Next steps

If you missed taking part in the consultation you can still get involved and find out more about the CQP guide and process by contacting Felipe Maya, BRE Senior Research Engineer, Construction Innovation Hub: Felipe.Maya@bregroup.com

Results from the consultation will inform the next critical phases of this project. A summary consultation report will be released by end-September 2020. The Hub will continue to collaborate and engage with industry and will launch the final versions of the CQP Guide, the Construction Product Approval Process (CPAP) Handbook and the full set of comprehensive toolsets by mid-December 2020.

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