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Communication is the key to good design

06/03/2019 - 12:56PM

The key to ensuring there is not another Grenfell Tower disaster is for professionals across the construction sector to work together and communicate more effectively the Association for Project Safety [APS] president, Stella Clutton Saunders said today [Wednesday 4 March 2019].

In conversation with other construction industry leaders Mrs Saunders said that good design was more than just making sure buildings were aesthetically pleasing as safety considerations needed to be built in from the pre-construction point right throughout the lifecycle of any project

A panel of experts considered how best to encourage the construction sector to work better across all its various disciplines as well as how best to engage clients and users in the process.  Mrs Saunders underlined the importance of listening and how it could be an effective tool for ensuring better buildings.

APS President Stella Clutton Saunders said:

“Good design must go beyond good looks. Safety is an integral part of better building because, without it, we are building ugliness in at the core. The Principal Designer role is, uniquely placed to help people realise a common vision of buildings which are both beautiful and safe.

“I believe everyone in construction needs to work more closely across all the disciplines involved in getting projects from the drawing board to final use.   It helps when we know our limitations and when to shout for help. But we also need to work together – including with our clients and end users – to overcome a traditional lack of collaboration.

“I have high hopes for the future. Events like today’s Futurebuild event demonstrates a willingness to move forward together and to ensure that we can develop a framework that both ensures safety and creates the kind of places that are both pleasing and supportive to the people who live and work in them.”

Stella Clutton Saunders was speaking at the, ‘In Conversation with the Presidents’ event at the Futurebuild conference at London’s ExCel conference centre on Wednesday 6 March 2019.


Biographical Information

Stella Clutton-Saunders is the president of the Association for Project Safety. Stella has been an active member of APS since 1995 and became president in October 2018. Stella is the Principal Designer for Cardiff Council providing and supervising CDM co-ordinator services for council-wide capital projects and training for inhouse clients and designers. She was previously in private practice working for clients including: Associated British Ports; Hewlett Packard; Companies House; and Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries. She is a member of the CIC project panel, CIC Council she also sits on HSE Coniac and SME Committee. Stella is an executive member of, and has chaired, both the South Wales Construction Safety Group and the APS Wales CPD Committee. She is a member and past-director of Constructing Excellence Wales.

Notes for Editors

The Association for Project Safety [APS] is the professional body dedicated to eliminating deaths, reducing injury and tackling ill-health associated with construction. APS aims to improve, and promote excellence in, professional practice in design and construction health and safety risk management, helping everyone manage risk and implement building regulations effectively and proportionately. The association contributes to the national debate on building and infrastructure safety, regulation and legislation, providing training, education and support and member networking opportunities. APS works with other bodies and partners to improve – through good design and throughout the life-cycle of projects and buildings – health and safety for everyone involved in construction and use.

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Source: APS