Second Quality Summit for Technical Staff – “such an engaging day”.

Baily Garner’s second (and now becoming annual) ‘Quality Summit’ for all its technical staff was held at etcVenues in Monument London on 22 November and was another great success.

Around 140 staff took part in the day which saw over 20 guest speakers cover a range of topics in a thoroughly interactive day. Here’s a quick summary of what was covered;

  • context: a construction industry changing rapidly as the recommendations from the Dame Judith Hackitt review start coming through
  • our own ISO 9001 procedures which are our proven way to deliver our work (cleverly demonstrated by John Milner using some Thomas the Tank Engine jigsaws!)
  • key quality roles; the importance attached to the roles of Neil Fraser (Technical Development), Marcus Lewis (Architectural Technical Audit). the growing QCI team and our new L&D manager Sue Wallace in giving all our people the greatest opportunity to be the best.
  • A technical update, including a ‘last 50 years  review’, Hackitt recommendations (and govt response) to date, MHCLG fire door and NHBC technical guidance updates and a commentary on Part B changes and BG’s response to them
  • 3 guest speakers (Brendan Sarsfield from Peabody, Alan Edgar from Mount Anvil, Steve Makowski from the National Housebuilding Academy, plus our own Andy Tookey) looked at quality from the perspective of the client, the developer, the practioner and the consultant.

  • a practical session where tables were allocated tablets and were led through the process of real time construction progress management using Fieldview
  • the history, benefits and future of multi disciplinary working our USP
  • the now traditional set where our own Head of QCI’s Paul Pearce takes us through the best (and worst!) examples of construction in his own inimitable style, followed by
  • a practical quiz where each table had to recognise and demonstrate knowledge of a range of unusual components

Andy Tookey wrapped up the day recognising the passion and pride of everyone in the quality agenda Baily Garner is following and the whole day could be best summarised by one of our building surveyor delegates who called it “such an engaging day!”.