Public Consultation on the Draft Construction Quality Planning (CQP) Guide
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) is the first in a new ecosystem of quality management tools and processes being developed by the Construction Innovation Hub. 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.
Also being developed as part of the CQP ecosystem are tools to support Quality Assurance and Route to Compliance. The teams developing these tools are working to ensure effective integration with other key Hub initiatives including:
- Our Platform Design Programme particularly around the development of interface standards, digital configurators and installation process;
- The Value Toolkit to ensure clients and industry can select products and solutions that deliver against their value drivers; and,
- Our digital work stream to ensure that the data and digital models created support effective operation and integration.
By ensuring close integration and interoperability between these Hub-led initiatives, we are aiming to support the development of the ‘Golden Thread’ of information needed to instil trust and confidence across the built environment.
Given the key role that CQP will play in supporting the pathway towards a transformed construction sector, the Hub carried out an open consultation on the draft CQP guide between 13 May and 31 August 2020.
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.
For your reference you can find the draft CQP guide and FAQs in the links below:
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.
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 Hub thanks everyone who took the time to consult and share their feedback.
Feedback from participants, who included industry professionals, Government and the academic community, indicated strong support for the quality management approach proposed in CQP. There was also however, a clear consensus around the need for a culture shift and a greater focus on the skills and competencies needed to ensure successful implementation of CQP at scale.
Building on the consultation feedback received and the Hub’s ongoing engagement with key stakeholders, the final versions of the CQP Guide, Construction Product Approval Process (CPAP) Handbook and a full set of comprehensive toolsets will be updated and launched in early 2021.
Collaboration and engagement with industry to increase the awareness and foster the implementation and adoption of CQP will continue. The Hub invites interested parties to get in touch and discuss how to take part in the implementation phase.
Click here to read the findings of our CQP consultation in full and to find out more about the next steps for this crucial project.
If you want to find out more about the CQP implementation process please contact Felipe Maya, BRE Senior Research Engineer, Construction Innovation Hub: Felipe.Maya@bregroup.com.