Carrington West are assisting their local authority client based in London in the search for a Head of Building Control to join the Environmental Services Department on an initial 3-month contract (Then rolling).
To manage the Building Control Section of the Council so as to ensure the efficient administration and enforcement of the Building Act, Building Regulations, London Building Acts and allied legislation to ensure an adequate standard of construction, with regard to public health and safety, in respect of the built environment within the geographical area of the Borough. Ensure that Building Control duties are carried out in accordance with the policies and procedures to comply with Building Regulations and a quality assurance certification.
SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
·Directly manage and ensure the proper implementation of all aspects of the Building Regulations and allied legislation including the relevant provisions of the; Building Act 1984; London Building Act 1939; The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005; The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and The Safety of Places of Sports Act 1987 and any Regulations made there under.
·Set charges for the Building Control function as set out in the Charges Regulations 2010 ensuring that the Council recovers its cost with regard to the fee-earning element of the work. Also prepare a Scheme of Charges for use within the Borough.
·Set fees for dangerous structures activities as provided for under the London Building Act 1939.
·To examine plans and details submitted under the Building Regulations to ensure compliance with the Charges Regulations 2010.
·Consultation on Building Regulation compliance on large and complex projects deposited with the Council.
·Act as 'Appointing Officer' under section 10 (8) of the Party Wall etc Act 1996.
·Ensure that developers and their professional advisers, who seek advice on Building Regulation matters, receive all possible help to facilitate the subsequent submission of a successful application.
·Arrange for all necessary site inspections of work in progress to be carried out in an effective manner to ensure that works as constructed comply with the requirements of the Building Regulations.
·Ensure that Building Control Surveyors accurately check the setting out of buildings to ensure compliance with the plans approved under both the Building Regulations and the Town and Country Planning Acts and advise the Planning Section of any deviations in respect of siting or non compliance with any relevant conditions imposed in the granting of Planning Permission.
·Arrange for the proper checking of all structural calculations by suitable qualified staff within the Building Control Section and provide guidance in structural matters generally. Personally, give direction on unconventional or unusual forms of construction.
·Consider reports in respect of applications made for relaxation, dispensation or varying of the provisions of the Regulations and give decisions on such applications on behalf of the Council under delegated powers.
·Personally, sign all correspondence where appropriate, Notices and Relaxation decisions and approve all decision Notices on behalf of the Council.
·Investigate and deal with any reported dangerous structures within the Borough both within and outside office hours and in all normal circumstances personally take appropriate action as is found necessary in accordance with the provisions of Sections 60 to 69 of the London Building Act 1939.
·Appointed to act as District Surveyor with regard to the above legislation.
·Attend court to give evidence in support of Council actions in respect of contraventions of the Building Act, Building Regulations and dangerous structures. Also attend the Crown or High Courts as an expert witness on behalf of the Council in respect of claims made for negligence or damages.
·Advise the Council and prepare evidence for defence against claims for damages due to negligence in respect of the enforcement of the Building Regulations and allied legislation.
·Check estimates and authorise in respect of emergency works carried out on the postholders instructions in respect of dangerous structures.
·Carry out structural appraisals and surveys on behalf of other Departments of the Council and prepare reports for their use.
·Investigate new materials and methods of construction to evaluate their structural and functional suitability and prepare technical reports setting out the conditions of use and relevant design criteria to be observed.
·Ensure all relevant information is provided for the purposes of Land Charge Searches.
·Ensure the introduction and regular updating of appropriate new technology.
·Designated Access Officer for the Council. Give specialist advice to applicants regarding access to and means of escape from new buildings with special regard to access and means of escape for the disabled.
·Administration of the Approved Inspectors Regulations and submission of Initial Notices
·Undertake any other duties commensurate with the level of the post, as required to ensure the efficient and effective running of the Department/Section.
EDUCATION & QUALIFICATIONS
·Degree and/or relevant professional accreditation.
·Chartered Surveyor (RICS or equivalent)
Carrington West Pay Rate - £400 to £500 per/day (Flexible DOE)
Job Ref - 25212
Please call Cameron de Wit on 02393 876014 for a confidential discussion on this role, or email myself or our planning team if you are short of time to chat:
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