Site inspections are required at various stages of a construction project. Both Building control and our Approved inspection will ensure there is no foul play and enable full documentation of this for your peace of mind.

What does the process look like:

Commencement of Work - Statutory Inspection - Building Control

At least 48 hours before you start work on site, you should notify your local council (building control) of commencement. This is an opportunity for the building control officer to generally discuss the project and to remind the builder of any conditions there might be on the application. It also provides an opportunity to check that the site and the proposal is as shown on any submitted plans.

Excavations Before Concrete - Statutory Inspection - Building Control

This inspection allows ground conditions to be checked and the building control officer will consider all or some of the following:

  • the bearing capacity of the ground proximity and depth of any drains and manholes
  • depth of existing foundations proximity of any trees or recently removed trees
  • whether or not the building is on made up ground

Preparation of Oversite - Statutory Inspection - Building Control

This inspection is to determine the suitability of the hardcore used, the provision of sand blinding (if required). The damp proof membrane (DPM) is checked for its thickness and use with new and existing damp proof courses. Floor insulation may also be inspected at this stage.

Damp Proof Course - Statutory Inspection - Building Control

The damp proof course (DPC) will be checked to ensure suitability, width, laps etc.

Drains - Foul and Storm - Statutory Inspection - Building Control

All new drainage is inspected prior to covering. The items checked on this inspection include:

  • suitability of material used
  • fall and line of the drain
  • material used for bed and surround
  • access points

Drains Test - Statutory Inspection - Building Control

Wherever possible the above and below ground drainage systems will be checked for air or water tightness.

First Floor Joists - Our 3rd party Approved Inspection

The size, grade and the centre of the joists will be checked together with the lateral restraint strapping and herringbone strutting.

Roof Members - Our 3rd party Approved Inspection

The size, grade and the centre of the timbers/ trusses will be checked together with the lateral resistant strapping, herringbone strutting and wind bracing.

Insulation - Our 3rd party Approved Inspection

Our 3rd party inspection will generally try to inspect the insulation prior to covering to ensure that the correct thickness and type has been installed.

Kitchen & Bathroom Installs - Our 3rd party Approved Inspection

Our 3rd party inspection will check the quality control of all bathroom and kitchen installations which include tiling, appliance installation, unit & counter top fitment, mastic completion and waste feeds. Plumbing including hot & cold feeds combined with heating units will also be inspected.

Windows, Doors & Floor Coverings - Our 3rd party Approved Inspection

Our 3rd party inspection will inspect the installation of windows, doors and any floor coverings to ensure correct materials, expansion gaps, fillers used and mastic displacement. Quality control is imperative.

Electrical & Gas - Our 3rd party Approved Inspection

Whilst these will be signed off by the contractor via Gs safe or Electrical safe (certified) our inspector will check against the contract and blueprints for location, accessibility of stop cock valves and waste returns to drains.

Fixtures and Fittings - Our 3rd party Approved Inspection

Our 3rd party approved inspection will check all fixtures and fittings against what’s been agreed in contract. This will give you the peace of mind that only what’s been agreed has been carried out using the correct materials.

Completion - Statutory Inspection - Building Control

This is the inspection which is often forgotten by the applicant / builder. The inspection checks such items as:

  • ventilation to rooms and roof voids
  • waste details
  • roof coverings
  • fire precautions and requirements
  • safety glazing
  • staircase details
  • Electrical Details
  • Gas Details

Why is it important to have checks throughout my build?

We have a firm belief of prevention is better than cure. We have done what we can to minimise the risk associated with doing a building project. In our experience, leaving everything to chance never ends well!

Building control will come out and inspect the core structure. This is to ensure the “dangerous elements” are secure. Outside of that, who’s checking everything else? That’s right, we do! We ensure via our 3rd party that what you signed up for is what’s delivered. This may seem like a simple concept but believe us when we say this just simply doesn’t happen in the building trade.

Downlighters end up single light pendants. Bespoke USB sockets end up standard white UPvc outlets. Nice plaster coving ends up cheap polystyrene, flush panel shaker doors end up cheap fire doors, your composite front doors ends up a standard UPVc door!

The list is endless and we ensure this simply doesn’t happen. No corners are cut and all company’s are held to the highest regard!