If this is the first time you’ve worked on an office refurbishment in London, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of building control, let alone spoken to a building control inspector. The name alone suggests something a little scary; after all the last time you came across an inspector was probably for your driving test, or perhaps a close encounter with the long arm of the law. But, trust me when I say the building control inspector is crucial for getting your new office ready for business. Now don’t worry, if you’ve appointed us to take care of your office refurbishment project in London, we’ve got it covered. In case you decide to select another office design and build contractor, here’s what you need to know. So, what is Building Control? Building Control can either be your local authority – think the City of London or Westminster Councils – or a private sector company working as ‘Approved Inspectors’. Their role is to make sure your building works are spot on; things like steel beams in the right place to keep the building upright, doorways wide enough to fit through, fire escapes that work in an emergency. That sort of stuff. They also make sure your building meets the regulations around inclusivity and the myriad of other building legislation and standards in place. In an ideal world, Building Control is there to work with you to promote the highest standards of construction work. Simples. Yes, But What Does Building Control Do? While they don’t give out gold stars to reward contractors, they do check to see if they’re following the correct construction standards. They’ll typically do this at various stages of your office refurbishment project:
- They will review your drawings before the building works start to identify any areas where your design doesn’t meet the required standards,
- They will visit during construction to check any significant milestones, like foundations going in if you’re building from the ground up, or steel beams if you’re replacing any supporting walls,
- They’ll visit at the end of the project to sign-off that the works meet the required standards.