Clerk of Works Service 

Benefit of a Clerk of Works service

The independent investigation into the closure of 17 Edinburgh schools because of building defects that was headed by headed by architect and construction expert Mr John Cole advised that "councils should take action to become intelligent clients".

The committee’s report said it had ‘heard evidence that local authorities had entered into a specific structure for contracts which created a gap between themselves as clients and the design team. We find this unacceptable.’

Public bodies undertaking Design and Build or design, build, finance and maintain contracts should consider employing construction professionals to add quality assurance, the committee said.

It added that a clerk of works could ‘provide the regular inspections necessary to ensure that buildings are built correctly, particularly for work that is subsequently closed up as construction progresses’.

Glasgow architecture professor Alan Dunlop said: "A clerk of works should have a day-to-day role in the development of major building projects. That’s how it used to be".

‘The clerk of works had significant responsibility and clout, and reported directly to the architect and client under a traditional building contract or was employed by the client in significant design and build projects after novation, when the design team moved over to work for the contractor.’

He said that the role should be undertaken by an experienced builder, rather than an architect. 

As a team Helica has over 60 years of combined construction experience to bring to bear on your project.

What we can offer :

We have undertaken or are currently undertaking Clerk of Works inspections for a number of public bodies including The Highland Council, Highland Housing Alliance, Cairn Housing Association, Tomatin Community Hub and Jacobite Cruises. The frequency of site attendances varies from project to project however every site attendance is followed up with a report detailing progress, weather, resources on site, issues found and requiring attention and a summary of progress. 

As Clerk of Works we are there not only to monitor quality and workmanship but also identify potential issues before they become a problem. 

In 2018 we are undertook quality and monitoring of 144 new build houses and flats across 7 sites for 4 clients.

We specialise in both residential and commercial development. Follow these links to find out what Helica can do for you.


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