If you're the developer of an apartment block (or blocks) employing another consultant to review the external walls of the development either during construction or even at design stage maybe isn't something you have thought about.
Why would you?
You're most probably already employing Architects, maybe a fire engineer, you know you'll have inspections from building control, your cladding contractor will be carrying out, hopefully, their own QA procedures, the manufacturer of the cavity barriers may also carry out their own inspections, your Building Warranty provider will also be carrying out inspections, and of course your contractor will also have their own inspection regimes.
However, if it is your intention to obtain an EWS1 form on completion of the development it is in your interest to ensure the highest option possible on the EWS form will be achieved.
For the sales staff during construction it's also likely that for any potential buyers the lawyers will also ask for the anticipated EWS1 form.
As pressures can arise not only during the design stage but also on site, should there be, for example, a requirement to cut costs and improve on the delivery period this could result in a change of materials.
In conjunction with Diamond and Co (Diamond and Co) we review schemes and visit sites.
Will comment on any proposed materials and drawings and if we consider, for example the insulation or the balcony decking should be changed we will advise on this.
And isn't it far better to change material at design stage rather on site where enormous costs can be incurred in doing so?
I certainly think so.