Over the last few years construction work at many Schools in Scotland has been carried out under Public Finance Initiative Schemes (PFI), where the building contractor self-certifies their own work as being to the correct standard and quality, without being subject to external monitoring or inspection.  This is a model of financing public construction projects that has become common in many countries since it was first developed in UK and AUstralia.  Many of these schools have suffered serious structural failures in the last few years and have needed major re-construction or repair, causing serious disruption to schools and an unexpected additional financial cost.

Auckland Council Building Compliance Manager Ian McCormick says: "It's important to note that the building code addresses how a building should perform structurally over its lifetime, not the quality of finish. This is not something we are empowered to control. Therefore, as in all purchases of services and products, you need to select your designer and builders carefully." Click here for the full article.

If you need confidence that building work is completed to building code compliance and to an acceptable industry standard of quality we can provide the necessary advice whether the work is at design stage, during construction or when completed.

Serious cases of flouting the building rules in Auckland have come to light, causing safety concerns.

“Up to a third of all council building inspections in Auckland fail according to Ian McCormick, Auckland Council general manager of building control. The big issues are quality and building code compliance, which is sadly lacking on many construction sites in Auckland.”

An article appearing in the media this week is maintains that in Auckland there are too few professionals for too many construction projects and that building code compliance and construction quality is suffering as a consequence. 

 

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Major structural failures of Schools in Scotland due to lack of Clerk of Works

Over the last few years construction work at many Schools in Scotland has been carried out under Public Finance Initiative Schemes (PFI), where the building contractor self-certifies their own work as being to the correct standard and quality, without being subject to external monitoring or inspection.  This is a model of financing public construction projects that has become common in many countries since it was first developed in UK and AUstralia.  Many of these schools have suffered serious structural failures in the last few years and have needed major re-construction or repair, causing serious disruption to schools and an unexpected additional financial cost.

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