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Safer by co-operation: new agreement to make buildings safer by design

26/06/2018 - 12:22PM

A new agreement between the Chartered Association of Building Engineers [CABE] and the Association for Project Safety [APS] will help ensure British buildings are safer and better designed.

The new partnership aims to enhance the professionalism of building construction, management and engineering as well in the United Kingdom. The memorandum of understanding - signed today [Tuesday 26 June 2018] - means members of both professional organisations are able to share and build on the expertise and experience of colleagues across the construction sector to improve their skills and knowledge. 

Dr Gavin Dunn, CABE CEO said:
“The signing of this MOU represents a great opportunity to bring the relevant and competent skills of both organisations together to offer a joined up approach to representation of our industry.
It clearly shows that we recognise the importance of health, safety and well-being at the heart of all we do, not only in the construction industry but in the design and operational aspects of the built environment.  These actions allow us to ensure a valid and meaningful contribution to society with a strengthened voice.”
Bobby Chakravarthy, APS President said:
“Safer buildings and construction sites must be a priority for the UK construction sector. And, at the heart of delivering the improvements we all want to see, is the need to share the vast knowledge and experience held within the professions across the sector. I believe today’s ground-breaking agreement between the Chartered Association of Building Engineers [CABE] and the Association for Project Safety [APS] will help members access a deeper pool of skills and information and help ensure everyone can keep up to date with changes and developments in the UK construction industry.”
Part of the impetus behind the move is the realisation – in the light of the of the Grenfell Tower tragedy – that, together, organisations within the built environment could and should be doing more to equip their own members help prevent future disasters. Even without those challenges the construction industry recognises that, in a rapidly evolving and ever-changing environment, it is vital that all professionals have a route to stay up to date as well as gaining a broader understanding of the challenges facing other professionals working alongside them. 
The agreement means that members of CABE and APS will be able to access conferences, training courses and CPD events organised by both associations on the same basis and for the same price as members of the other organisation. CABE and APS will exchange their publications allowing members to keep up to date with current developments. 
Members of either organisation, meeting the membership requirements of the other, will be able, and encouraged, to apply for membership of the other body. 
The MOU will run, initially, for two years from 26 June 2018.
For more information, please contact Rosalind Grozier by telephone on 0131 442 6608 or by email:  rosalind.grozier@aps.org.uk
Notes for Editors
1. Details of the Memorandum of Understanding can be found at: [insert relevant links].
2. About the Chartered Association of Building Engineers: the CABE was formed in 1925 as the Incorporated Association of Architects and Surveyors, the Chartered Association of Building Engineers (CABE) is a leading body for professionals specialising in the design, construction, evaluation and maintenance of buildings. Its members practice across the United Kingdom, mainland Europe and around the World, and work in both the private and public sectors. The CABE provides the prime qualification of Building Engineer, a title that exactly reflects the professional expertise of members. The Association was founded with the principal objectives to: promote and advance the knowledge, study and practice of each and all of the arts and sciences concerned with building technology, planning, design, construction, maintenance and repair of the built environment and the creation and maintenance of a high standard of professional qualification, conduct and practice; and encourage and facilitate co-operation between the construction professions. The Association was granted its Royal Charter in 2013.
3. About the Association for Project Safety: the APS is a leading professional institution in the field of construction health and safety risk management. It strives continuously to improve and promote the professional practice of design and construction health and safety risk management playing a leading role in helping the construction industry meet the many challenges of implementing CDM2015 effectively and proportionately and driving the new focus on health. APS provides quality training and education and credible, trustworthy support for clients and designers. The association works together with other professional bodies and supports key organisations driving the industry forward.



Source: APS