Building Control

Building Control can be a complex process, full of rules and regulations, which is why it is important to ensure that there is a consistent approach, with integrity and transparency every step of the way.

Approved Inspectors provide an alternative to Local Authority Building Control and are authorised under the Building Act 1984 to carry out building control work in England and Wales. This means that Approved Inspectors can become involved if the works undertaken on any project are controllable under the Building Regulations.

Compliance with Building Regulations is only part of the process, as these Regulations are designed to ensure that minimum requirements are met, which doesn’t always necessarily allow for the design aspirations of clients and architects to be realised.

At The OM Group, we work with a team of highly qualified and experienced construction professionals, all of whom have been providing private Building Control services for several years. We are committed to ensuring that services are bespoke to each project and client – from developers to architects and end users, and that innovation plays a crucial role in developing safe buildings.

We work with Approved Inspectors covering all sectors of the construction industry – from commercial to residential, public sector to private developers and areas such as leisure and hospitality, education and healthcare. They all have one common goal – that by overseeing regulatory compliance, whilst providing robust project management and bespoke inspection regimes focusing on risk mitigation, they aim to help enhance the experience of the building’s end-users.

Feasibility Studies

Undertaking early feasibility studies for projects and reviewing existing site information, including previously compiled Health and Safety Files, can help to ensure that the client’s vision can be incorporated into the site.

Our expert construction specialists can undertake feasibility studies on behalf of the client or can assist in the review of initial designs and / or project requirements, including areas such as sustainability outcomes, quality aspirations and any special requirements that the project may have.

Concept Design Review

Working with a construction professional with building control and fire safety experience at the concept and planning stage of a project enables clients to add value as early as possible to the development. With the government ever moving in the direction of the earlier involvement of construction and fire safety professionals, this is fast becoming a requirement for all ‘relevant buildings’. Our clients opt for this service as it allows them to be innovative in their approach when considering safety solutions for their development, as well as meeting the requirement to provide elements like the Fire Statement as part of the Planning Gateway.

CDM Client Advisor

There are various responsibilities that the CDM Regulations place on project Clients and these obligations cannot be transferred to any other party. The OM Group provides bespoke solutions to assist Clients with their responsibilities or to discharge them on their behalf – these are usually in addition to the scope of the Principal Designer. We also provide a variety of monitoring audits and ensure that those defined as Clients remain compliant with health, safety and CDM legislation.

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