Services

What we do

flow-diagram

The flow diagram shows the services that we offer. Why a flow diagram? Well, we’re always learning, and experiences in one service area often inform advice we give elsewhere. This helps our clients avoid costly errors in design and construction. For instance, during forensic work on defective cladding, we get to see cladding design, components and materials at work. We test systems and take them apart and find out why they went wrong. We help with materials analysis too, identifying failure limits and incompatibilities. We then work with clients to rectify the problems. If the circumstances are contentious, we work with our clients’ legal advisers and explore who is accountable for the defects and to what extent. We can then help our clients recover any potential loss.

These experiences inform our work on the design and specification of new façades. If we think a design will not work, we will say so and explain why, by giving examples when practicable. This advice can be invaluable and help our clients avoid expensive mistakes.

When appraising buildings for buyers, our forensic and new build experience helps us look for clues to potential problems with design, fabrication and installation. If faults are found, our clients can then decide whether to purchase the building, with an informed picture of the risks and defects involved.

New build

We work on major developments, typically large commercial buildings or, multi-unit residential blocks.

Forensic investigations

Unfortunately, building facades can go wrong. Poor design, fabrication or installation can be the cause; sometimes all three.

Testing

We’ve spent so long witnessing façade testing, we could write a book about it. We have witnessed tests throughout the UK, in mainland Europe and Canada.

Expert Witness

Since 1996, we have been continuously involved in contentious work providing necessary evidence describing defects and their causes.

Remedial design and specification

We are usually asked to design and specify repairs when forensic investigations discover faults. This can involve presenting clients with different design choices varying in cost.

Acquisition surveys

Building facades can cost 15-25% of the construction price, making them an expensive building feature.