Clerk of Works services

Clerk of Works services

A person whose duty is to superintend the construction and maintenance of buildings, or other works for the purpose of ensuring proper use of labour and materials.

Taken from The Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate of Great Britain Inc. ICWCI

Clerk of Works inspect and report on all areas of construction to help maintain quality standards, identify costly defects, delays and reduce risk. They provide valuable guidance to assist with getting the job done ‘right first time’ which saves you time and money.

Our Clerk of Works will provide an independent assessment of the works undertaken and will produce regular reports and dialogue with the design team, contractor and client. Our reports typically include; significant points, quality control and witnessing, site progress and activities, commenting on documentation and drawings, comments made to the construction team, defects and progress photographs. The weekly report includes any site meetings attended by our site staff, reporting of potential risks and the inclusion of our ‘defects and observations tracker’ in which each defect and/or observation is uniquely numbered for ease of reference.

We will focus on the following:

Compliance
Checking all the critical stages of the build to ensure that the quality meets statutory, contract and specification requirements.

Quality workmanship
Monitoring and inspecting the work at regular intervals, checking the progress, identifying and minimising problems and defective work.

The correct use of materials
Checking that the materials on site are to the correct specification and quality.

Identifying defects
Identifying and reporting defects which may cause disruption, delays and problems that might impact on the programme and future maintenance.

Providing recommendations
Providing practical advice when necessary in relation to construction details and methods.

Being an independent critical eye
Providing you with an early independent warning of problems concerning the quality of construction and any programme delays.

Providing a proactive service
Discussing urgent issues face-to-face or by phone with the relevant members of the site team.

A Clerk of Works – often abbreviated to CoW – can have other job titles such as Supervisor (NEC3/4 Contracts), Site Inspector, Site Supervisor, Construction Inspector, Construction Compliance Manager, Building Quality Officer and Quality Control Inspector. However, Clerk of Works best describes what we do and is universally recognised in our industry.

To view some of the defects identified whilst on site please visit our defects page.

We have also written about the typical day in the life of a Building Quality Site Inspector (Building Clerk of Works) which can be viewed here and a M&E Quality Site Inspector (M&E Clerk of Works) which can be viewed here.

In addition please also view the article written by the Construction Manager magazine detailing the role of a Clerk of Works here.