The benefits of employing an Assent Clerk of Works today:
Assent Independent third party inspections helps to protect the clients interests throughout the construction process. When employing/appointing a Clerk of Works, the Client will not only benefit in term of experience; they will also have the reassurance that Assent are safeguarding their interests..
Our skilled and experienced Clerk of Works will have the ability to: anticipate; interpret; inspect; record; report; advise and guide; help reduce risk; provide guidance on health and safety matters; assist in getting it right first time! Extending on this they will have:
- A good general understanding of the specific construction inspection process (in particular around the inspection of materials and workmanship)
- An understanding of the obligations of all parties (requirements and boundaries)
- Foresight; i.e. identification of issues/ potential issues and the ability to suggest alternative methods or mitigation techniques
- A focus on quality; promoting right first time initiatives, reducing rework and double handling
- They are impartial, with a fair, considered and independent approach to ensuring value for money for the Client
- They have an awareness of acceptable standards, benchmarking and identifying non-conformance
- The ability to produce concise recordings of their findings
- They will have a professional opinion and make recommendations to alternative approaches and corrective actions
- Knowledge of construction materials and components, including their use, limitations and possible alternatives
- An understanding and knowledge of the practical and legal aspects of health and safety.
When you appoint an Assent Clerk of Works, there are a number of factors that we can focus on; these will include:
Compliance – buildings need to be inspected for safety and structural integrity to ensure that they conform to statutory regulations and laws.
Workmanship – needs to be monitored and inspected at regular intervals to minimise problems, defects and rework.
Materials – should be inspected to ensure that they are correct and of a suitable, appropriate quality to fit their purpose.
Defects – can be minimised and resolved when regular thorough inspection is factored into the construction process.
Recommendations – A Clerk of Works can make recommendations to the Client throughout the construction process.
Note: All of the above will depend on what basis the individual is contractually employed.
When should a Clerk of Works be appointed?
The earlier the better! Starting pre-construction and throughout each stage of construction thereon is recommended. It is usual for our Clerk of Works to be employed as a representative of the employer/Client, typically under the direction of the Architect, Engineer or Project Manager.
Employing a Clerk of Works is not a mandatory requirement; it is however highly recommended.
Our services can be run in tandem or independent of our building control function. Contact Maria Caulfield for further information on 0161 236 7158
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