Improving design quality through measurement, control, and monitoring

The Quality in Construction Design Best Practice Tool has been approved by global quality groups, including the Chartered Quality Institute (CQI) in the UK and comparable bodies in Australia and North America. This approval process involved thoroughly reviewing the tool to ensure it met the necessary standards for measuring quality in the construction industry.

David Myers, who served as the head of quality for Heathrow before becoming the Senior Associate for Shirley Parsons, played a crucial role in developing and approving the Quality in Construction Design Best Practice Tool. His experience and expertise in construction quality were invaluable in creating a tool that is now widely recognized as an essential development tool for improving design quality.

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Quality in Construction Design Best Practice Tool

What are the benefits?

The Quality in Construction Design Best Practice Tool is an innovative solution for measuring, controlling, and monitoring design quality during a project's early stages. By reducing defects and minimizing the use of resources, this tool leads to significant cost avoidance and timely delivery while enhancing the reputation of the project team and the overall project. It can be easily implemented with minimal resources to effectively mitigate risks and ensure that the quality of design meets the client's standards.

Allows for the measurement, control, and monitoring of the quality of design during the early stages of a project

Reduces defects that can increase the cost of delivery, reduce productivity, and increase risk in health and safety

Minimizes the use of resources while still ensuring the quality of the design is up to par

Leads to significant cost avoidance and timely delivery

How does the tool work?

  • The tool is a subjective evaluation of a project through two design stages – concept design and Developed Design.

  • It is used 3 times during each phase. Shortly after the start, between 30-50%, they were between 80%-90% of the way through the stage.

  • It takes the form of a team review, taking about 8 hours each for a small team.

  • During the session, the team evaluated progress against a set of criteria on a score from 0-5. The output is a quality score measured per cent and a list of risk areas open on the project.

  • Experience at Heathrow showed that projects below 90% proceeded with a reduced chance of success.

​For more information about The Quality in Construction Design Best Practice Tool, please fill out the form below and receive a free guide.​

Meet The Team

  • Gerry Pearson

    Gerry Pearson

    Managing Partner

  • Ben Hiner

    Ben Hiner


  • Nick Farkas

    Nick Farkas

    Director of Project Services

  • Sam Chappell

    Sam Chappell

    USA - Director & Co-Founder

  • Jessica Plested

    Jessica Plested

    Principal Careers Consultant

  • Jonny Montgomery

    Jonny Montgomery

    Head of Project Services - Quality

  • Paul Rigby

    Paul Rigby

    Quality Director

  • Louie Covello

    Louie Covello

    Managing Consultant

  • Tom Nicholls

    Tom Nicholls

    Principal Consultant

  • Graham Taylor

    Graham Taylor

    Technical Director & Partner - Project Services

  • Thea Clucas

    Thea Clucas

    Talent Consultant

  • James Greenough

    James Greenough

    Consultant EMEA / Project Services

  • Omar Sabar

    Omar Sabar

    Careers Consultant

  • Liam Hill

    Liam Hill

    Talent Consultant

  • Juliano Benvenuti

    Juliano Benvenuti

    Principal Consultant

  • David Myers

    David Myers

    Senior Associate - Quality - Project Services

  • Colin Harley

    Colin Harley

    Senior Associate at Shirley Parsons Project Services

  • Jeff Parker

    Jeff Parker

    Senior Associate - Project Services

  • ​Kenna Kintrea

    ​Kenna Kintrea

    Senior Associate at Shirley Parsons Project Services

  • Jon Elliot

    Jon Elliot

    Senior Associate - Quality - Project Services