- Recommendation 2.1 - Nature of inspection
- Recommendation 2.5 - Independent inspection of the works
- Recommendation 3.1 - Scope of service of design members
- Recommendation 3.2 - Role of design teams in inspecting works on site
- Recommendation 5.3 - Design and use of head restraints
- Recommendation 5.6 - Inspection and sign-off of cavity walls
5. These recommendations suggest that procurers should maintain a level of independent inspection of construction activities which is commensurate with the risk assessed in any individual project, and that this goes beyond oversight of the contractors’ quality systems and processes, and provides some targeted independent inspection of construction activities and outputs.
- the architect
- the engineer (civil, structural and mechanical or electrical)
- the clerk of works
Design and build
10. A client representative (usually a professional appointed to the role) is mainly responsible for certifying completion of the works and this role includes varying degrees of presence on site.
11. It is worth noting that major civil and structural works such as roads and bridges have generally maintained a greater degree of on-site monitoring as the general approach to design responsibility has moved from traditional to design and build strategies.
Public private partnership (PPP) approaches
Construction quality monitoring
15. As identified by the report it is important for public sector clients to maintain an appropriate level of independent oversight of building projects to ensure the quality of the works meets the specification and standards whatever form of construction contract or procurement strategy is used.
16. Regardless of the procurement strategy, it is incumbent upon public sector clients to implement project appropriate site inspection and assurance processes that mitigates resultant risk from the construction phase. In doing so, public sector clients must be cognisant of the size and complexity of the project, the nature of the contract and where additional assurances should be sought.
Development of detailed best practice guidance
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