Turner Surveyors are experienced in the monitoring of construction
works in progress.
Most clients, especially within the domestic markets, do not have
construction knowledge, and therefore will not know whether construction
is being carried out correctly or to the required standard. Turner
Surveyors can be appointed in Clerk of Works roles to monitor and
report on the works in progress, making appropriate comment to the
Contract Administrator, therefore being the 'quality control' for
the client on site.
Turner Surveyors have experience of carrying out snagging
inspections of construction work. An example of this is where a
client is buying a new home, and requires the home to be to the correct
standard. He appoints Turner Surveyors, in agreement with the
contractor, to carry out a snagging inspection prior to purchase. This
is often called a 'pre-handover inspection'. The contractor can
then attend to the snagging items as identified, ensuring the client
buys the property in the correct completed condition. A 'handover
inspection' is often carried out, listing snags that remain at
completion to be attended to after purchase.
When a dispute arises as to quality, or correct construction,
Turner Surveyors can provide an inspection and provide an independent
report. This can often settle disputes between contractors and clients,
particularly in the domestic market.
A watching brief is a role where the surveyor has no power to
influence works, make comment on site, but purely observes on
construction works and reports back to his client on items such as
quality, suitability and progress. This role is used where a client
proposes to acquire a property following construction works, although
until he/her purchases, have no direct interest. By appointing Turner
Surveyors to operate under a watching brief, the client can make
decisions based on the reports on such important matters as to whether
the quality is of a standard for the purchase to go ahead. A watching
brief must be agreed with the contractor, as obviously the surveyor will
require access to the works.
Turner Surveyors have experience of the role of independent certifier
under several PFI contracts. Here the surveyor is independent to all
parties, commenting on quality and stating whether the construction is
complete under a set of 'completion criteria'.