Baily Garner held its first Quality Summit on Friday 5th October.

Around 120 technical staff took part in a day led by our Partners and dedicated to identifying what more Baily Garner can do to drive forward the Quality Agenda in Construction.

The highly interactive day included

  • a positioning by Andy Tookey, our Managing Partner, that whilst the Construction Industry is a sector under the spotlight following the tragedy of Grenfell and the demise of Carillion, it has always been part of Baily Garner’s DNA to want to be at the forefront of delivering the best quality product we can, and that this summit is a natural latest commitment to that goal
  • presentations from guest speakers Jim King  President of LDSA Building Control and our own Non Executive Director, Keith Exford on; the Hackitt Review, perspectives on quality from building control and the client points of view
  • the reinforcement of best practice, both procedural in respect of pre-contract design and fire regulations, as well as practical – putting actual examples of good and bad practices under the microscope to see what we could learn from them
  • a detailed review of the Housing Forum Report ‘Stopping Building Failures‘ which was co-written by Andy Tookey and makes a number of recommendations on what the construction industry needs to do if it is serious about improving quality and workmanship across the sector
  • a look at how some of the latest technology (Revit and other BIM related tools) is already helping us deliver greater quality, as well as a peek at some of the other technologies that we could use to deliver new efficiencies and quality improvements
  • collaborative workshops involving all the delegates. We came up with some practical objectives, that we will immediately implement, which will have an instant positive impact on our approach to quality, with the aim of improving the end product, and our service to our clients.
  • The summit covered a lot of ground and this is just a taste of what went on. If anyone reading this is interested in finding out more about the day, please contact one of our Partners who’d love to talk to you about it.

    Everyone left the summit, happy that Baily Garner is an organisation already doing everything it can to deliver on its quality beliefs but each with a renewed motivation to personally do something themselves.