Our service provides a high level of technical input and detailed quality assurance to verify that project assets meet the highest possible standards and satisfy the contractual requirements.
We deliver PPP/PFI Independent Certification services worldwide across a range of sectors including housing, schools, hospitals, emergency and custodial, highways and transportation, waste, power and renewables, defence, water and wastewater.
Our work as an Independent Certifier includes certification of building completion, inspections, testing and commissioning, project monitoring, high level design and compliance review.
Our experience has informed the development of our bespoke systems, procedures and approaches, which are aligned with the construction industry’s continuous drive for quality assurance and compliance.
Our approach is based on respect for the needs of all project parties, excellent communication skills, a high level of technical ability, and a set of methodical yet flexible processes.
Our Independent Certification team consists of technical and commercial/contract management staff and subject matter experts who can concentrate on different areas of the project, meaning that we can identify and solve problems from both ends.
For example, our commercial and contract management staff focus on monitoring the contract information flow, interfacing and reporting, whilst our technical staff focus on the construction, commissioning and testing. This dedicated double focus gives us a clear view of inconsistencies between contractual requirements and the physical elements provided.
Bespoke monitoring processes enable us to test a project for compliance and report its status through delivery to completion. We prioritise cooperation with all parties and have robust record-keeping processes which are essential for projects of this nature.
Regular inspections are central to our methods, with flexible timing built in to ensure our inspections are in step with construction progress.
During inspections we evaluate:
- The quality of work being undertaken
- Compliance with the latest approved design
- What steps are taken to minimise and rectify snagging during works
We also carry out additional checks including site audits and site visits to witness the installation of mechanical and electrical systems.
Regular workshops ensure that everyone involved in a project understands our role as Independent Certifier, our requirements and our approach.
These meetings also establish trusting, proactive and willing attitudes among the project parties, and provide guidance and support to construction managers delivering the project on site.
As completion draws close, we initiate a programme of meetings for completion planning.
The four main tools we use are:
- Certification matrix: a list of requirements – compiled from the Project Agreement and associated Project Documents – that must be met prior to the Independent Tester Completion Certificate being issued.
- Observation log: a centralised record of all our observations that require a response from the constructor to confirm compliance.
- Works package compliance tracker: a list of all the project’s construction elements, with a specific weighting on each element to enable our team to place special focus on the highest-risk items.
- Gateway process: this basis for internal governance is divided into specific ‘gates’, each with a list of needs that must be met prior to the gate being ‘opened’ successfully and on time.
Ways we add value
In providing full Independent Certifier Services for both new build and refurbishment projects we:
- Prevent potential misinterpretations that could lead to project delays by identifying and managing contract schedules requirements that have not been transferred down through the hierarchy.
- Fully embed with the client’s management team through our frequent presence on site, which allows us to liaise face-to-face and keep abreast of developing situations.
- Keep stakeholders up to date on site issues by keeping and circulating an observations log which flags up all concerns, from building fabric snags to health and safety issues.