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Fire Doors – site alterations – what is permissable and what is not.

“What alterations can be made to a fire door” The photograph above shows a fire door for a riser that was delivered to site too large to fit into the frame. The installer decided to cut it down at the top, removing the hardwood lipping, intumescent strips and label. This […]

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What is a Clerk of Works?

What is a Clerk of Works? The Clerk of Works, often abbreviated to CoW, is employed by an architect, project manager or a client on a construction site. The role is primarily to represent the interests of the client in regard to checking that the quality of both materials and […]

Keeping up with industry developments

How to keep up with industry developments Keeping up with industry trends is important, whether you’re a Clerk of Works, Construction Inspector or anything else. In this article, we explain why and show you how. Whatever industry you’re in, it’s important to keep up-to-date with the developments in your industry. […]

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Health and Safety Inspections

What are Health & Safety Inspectors looking for at your site?   By their very nature, construction sites carry significant risks to people working on them. Whatever your role is on a site, whether you’re a project manager, bricklayer, crane operator or even a Clerk of Works in London, everyone […]

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Why continuous learning is important for a Clerk of Works

Why continuous learning is important for a Clerk of Works Never stop learning. It’s important in any profession, but especially important if you’re a Clerk of Works in London. Things change so quickly in the construction industry. New regulations come and go all the time. You also have new ways […]

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Let’s raise a glass to the clerk of works

Opinion Let’s raise a glass to the clerk of works 18 September 2017 | By Chris Fadoju Clients are beginning to realise that technological innovation in construction needs to be accompanied by an experienced human presence on site to achieve the best results, says Chris Fadoju, a partner at Pellings. […]

Brickwork with flint infil panel.

A nice flint panel set into brickwork. Built by a bricklayer. Copies built adjacent.    Not what the client wanted!      

Scotland building collapse verdict

Edinburgh school wall collapse report highlights ‘lack of scrutiny’ From the BBC. Image caption The problems first became apparent when engineers examined the wall that collapsed at Oxgangs Primary during stormy weather A report into safety failures that forced 17 Edinburgh schools to close has highlighted a lack of proper […]

Why employ a Clerk of Works? – Heli-bar

How many time have we seen this? Chases not cut to correct depth. Resin not applied to the chase before fixing the Helibar. Helibar not embedded in resin.       Another instance on a different site. Again chases not cut to correct depth. Bars cut too short. Resin not […]

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Why employ a Clerk of Works – Brickwork

Something I came across recently. We were appointed by the client as Clerk of Works well into the construction phase. This brick pier was at ground floor level and the building was by then at 3rd floor. The pier continued in this fashion for its full height. It had actually […]