Abbreviated site inspections
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- Have you instructed a Fire Risk Assessment undertaken which has identified risks with the external wall?
- Are you unsure if a full Fire Risk Appraisal of the External Wall (FRAEW), as specified by PAS 9980, is required, which may incur additional costs that you are not prepared for?
- Would you like reassurance from a qualified and experienced façade specialist whether an FRAEW required – whilst eliminating the financial risk of unnecessary costs?
Is your answer yes to any of the above? We can undertake an inspection to identify the materials of the external wall in order to advise if a full Fire Risk Appraisal of the External Wall (FRAEW), as specified by PAS 9980, is required.
Fire risk assessments
Through our alliance with Cardinus, we offer all types of fire risk assessments (1–4), as well as any necessary follow-up assessments. A fire risk assessment is a legal requirement. If you are responsible for a building or premises that is not a single private dwelling (a private home), you need to make sure a suitably competent person completes a fire risk assessment.
Our in-house experts can carry out a peer review of relevant reports, EWS1 forms and more, providing increased clarity, assurance or recommendations when discrepancies or differences of opinion are discovered. Peer reviews are required by the new £4.5bn Building Safety Fund and the Mid-Rise Scheme.
Legal notice review
Our team is suitably qualified to review and thoroughly examine any enforcement and prohibition notices related to fire and building safety. We will carefully analyse each notice’s language, requirements, and implications to ensure a comprehensive understanding of the issues.
We will present a final report with a detailed breakdown of each item in the notice, including explanations, interpretations, and recommendations where applicable. The report will be structured clearly and concisely, making it easy for clients to understand and act accordingly.
Height verification report
Now required as part of the application to the Building Safety Fund and for the Developer Pledge, our height verification reports can be obtained even on the most complex of elevations.
If you are responsible for a building in which compartmentation may exist, a compartmentation survey report will describe what needs to be checked to ensure your building is safe. It also includes measures to rectify any defects. We can provide these surveys for only the communal areas or also include the individual dwellings.
Fire door inspections
If you are responsible for the fire safety of a building, you must ensure vital lifesaving products are installed, inspected and maintained. Fire doors are an integral part of a building’s fire safety. They will provide more time to escape in the event of a fire. Therefore, the doors should be regularly inspected to ensure they are performing correctly.
In-build and new-build surveys, including internal compartmentation
These surveys are designed to ensure the work that is undertaken follows the approved design and specification. The reports are to clarify compliance with DLUHC guidance, while also satisfying lender requirements and building regulations. We will make regular visits to the site to gather the evidence required first-hand and to liaise directly with contractors on-site. We will document all work throughout the construction phase with detailed written and photographic reports, including recommendations made and evidence of their fulfilment.
Building condition survey
This survey is designed to be undertaken on a building in operational use to identify instances of the building’s dilapidation and defects that are requiring remedial attention. The brief includes, but is not necessarily limited to, a visual survey of the property in operational use and the identification of any building defects, dilapidations or areas requiring redecoration following PAS 8673:2022. Our report will cover additional factors such as detailing areas of security concern and likely locations for crime or anti-social behaviour for management by the client with the local authorities. This report will cover the external condition of the building only and no internal areas will be surveyed or commented on.