Stopping Building Failures Report Launched

25 May 2018




“The sector’s inability to deliver consistent quality is at the heart of all building failures”


Drawing on expertise from across the sector The Housing Forum is launching a new report and best practice guide – “Stopping Building Failures” aimed at providing a practical response to the “deep flaws in the current system” identified by Dame Judith Hackitt in her report Building a Safer Future.


Stopping Building Failures is a great source of practical guidance, packed with expert commentary and case studies for clients and construction teams.


In particular the report provides advice and guidance to move away from a ‘race to the bottom’ procurement that is compromising building safety, with guidance on getting better value through the use of two-stage tenders and alliancing contracts, placing far more emphasis on quality and spending more time developing the brief including using value management techniques.


The report has been produced by a working group co-chaired by Andy Tookey, Managing Partner, Baily Garner and Nigel Ostime, Director of Delivery, Hawkins/Brown and provides a number of recommendations designed to deliver a step change in the quality, consistency and safety of residential projects.


The report also includes important contributions from landlords, contractors, legal specialists, architects and consultants which demonstrate best practice in procurement, collaborative working, innovation and quality assurance.


Andy Tookey commented:


“Our findings demonstrate the need for all team members in a project to be on the same page in relation to value. When clients are focussed on numbers, costs and delivery dates, it is inevitable that quality will suffer. More consideration to non-negotiable quality “red-lines” from the beginning of a project will prevent cost-cutting posing as “value engineering” undermining the design integrity, robustness and safety of residential projects”


Nigel Ostime added:


“We’ve identified that improvements in quality and productivity can be significantly enhanced through both digital technologies and off-site manufacture. Working this way requires an integrated project team approach with client, designers, specialist consultants and contractors engaged at an early stage in the project process. This early engagement requires forms of procurement that enable this to happen, which single-stage D&B does not.”


“We also need to cement the fragmented nature of many projects. Where the design team changes during the life of the project we must form a ‘chain of custody’, ensuring key information is passed from one stage to the next without loss of fidelity”


The report also sponsored by contributors PRP, Hill, and Trowers and Hamlin is available to view online, or order in hard copy by contacting info@housingforum.


View 'Stopping Building Failures'



Acknowlegements: The Housing Forum is indebted to the many people who contributed to the report



Michael Cleaver


The Housing Forum

Shelagh Grant

Chief Executive

The Housing Forum

Nigel Ostime

Delivery Director

Hawkins Brown

Andy Tookey

Managing Partner

Baily Garner

Nigel Tenwick

Commercial and Technical Director


Lynn Walter

Assistant Head of Housing


Andy von Bradsky


The Housing Forum

Andy Heath



Mark Jefferson



Charlie Scherer


CGS Partnerships Ltd

Joyce Ferguson

Director – Development New Projects

Clarion Housing Group

Duncan King

Technical Manager

Construction Products

Mike Fairey


Fusion Building Systems 

Kieran Larkin

Deputy Chief Executive

Hill Partnership

John Gray

Partner: Head of Production Information


Charina Coronado

Associate Partner

Pollard Thomas Edwards

Heike Messler


Pollard Thomas Edwards

Kaye Stout


Pollard Thomas Edwards

Brendan Kilpatrick

Senior Partner


Paul Belfield


Rund Partnership

Paul Finch

Construction & Technical Director


Martin Ward

Director Site Inspection Service


Darren Nolan

Associate Director Operations


Steve Barford

Executive Director Property


Assad Maqbool


Trowers & Hamlins

Katharine Saunders


Trowers & Hamlins

David Morgan

Managing Director

Wates Living Space

Professor David Mosey

Centre of Construction Law

Kings College London