When a building project starts on-site, it’s an exciting time.

You assume that your contractor will complete the works in accordance with the consented design documentation, such as the architectural plans and specification.

Yet, this is often not the case.

During investigations of defective buildings, we commonly find instances where elements have not been installed in accordance with the consented design documentation, even on relatively new buildings. These defects, created during the construction of the building often lead to the need to undertake costly and disruptive repairs.

While the contractor is typically responsible for their own quality assurance, their procedures may not always be sufficient. We often find that corners are cut and mistakes are made, either as a result of cost-cutting attempts, poor workmanship or a lack of understanding of the importance of correct detailing.

Construction monitoring can prevent issues from occurring

It’s important that comprehensive quality control measures are in place during the construction phase of a project. In our experience, the risk of defective construction can be greatly reduced by appointing a building surveyor to perform a construction monitoring role throughout the course of the building work.

Building surveyors have a unique position in the building and property industries. They have extensive experience of investigating and diagnosing a variety of building related defects, usually several years after construction when the problems have fully manifested.

This first-hand understanding of the cause and effect of building defects gives building surveyors a special ability to pick up on the critical issues during construction that may otherwise go undetected, potentially causing huge inconvenience and expense in the future.

Engaging a building surveyor in this role provides an additional, independent set of eyes, which gives an extra layer of assurance that the contractor is completing the work to the required standards.

What does a construction monitor do?

The construction monitoring role generally involves undertaking regular, programmed site inspections during the construction phase of a project. The construction monitor will review the ongoing and completed work in order to assess whether it has been carried out in accordance with the consented design documentation.

Critically, if an area of non-compliance or defective work is identified, this will be raised in a site observation report to ensure that the issue is rectified. If required, we can also work with the project team to identify a suitable resolution to minimise the effect on the project completion date. We also discuss our observations with the contractor to ensure the contractor understands the issues and does not repeat similar mistakes elsewhere on the building.

At Maynard Marks, we can tailor this service to the client’s needs, depending on their budget, the level of complexity of the project and the experience of the contractor. These factors will dictate the frequency of our inspections, but we often find that weekly or fortnightly inspections are sufficient for most projects.

If you’ve got a project that would benefit from construction monitoring, or want to find out more, our team of highly-skilled Chartered and Registered Building Surveyors can help. Please get in touch: E: office@maynardmarks.co.nz or T: +64 (0)9 912 2550.