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ArchiFACT - The experts in solving building problems and resolving disputes

We are fully qualified, registered and chartered professionals with international experience on a broad range of building projects providing expert services in design, project management, surveying & forensic construction both to the local community and internationally.

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Project Monitoring and Technical Audits Monitoring, based on mature experience, regular, authoritative and impartial design and construction reports as work progresses, safeguards investment and reduces the risk of the unforeseen. Project Management, Administration & Supervision A trouble-free job is a well run job. The objective of good administration and supervision is to facilitate smooth running from start to finish with completion to the required standards and programme. Architecture, Engineering and Surveying The right team and teamwork are fundamental to success. ArchiFACT's international expertise, embracing industrial, commercial, residential and retail development, provides the background knowledge essential to effective regeneration and development schemes. The practical, pragmatic and visual are translated through cost-controlled design into balanced proposals. Experienced leadership is vital to well directed design and coordinated teamwork combined with legal and technical expertise as required for complex planning issues and appeals. Conservation and Refurbishment The conservation, repair, adaptation and upgrading of historic buildings, whilst preserving their true quality, comes from understanding traditional and new construction along with relevant legislation. Good refurbishment can increase value, expand useable space and enhance building performance whilst reducing running cost. Construction (Design and Management) Regulations Competent supervision from the start of the design phase onwards will reduce the risk of accident and prosecution.

Surveys, inspection and reports including: building surveys, conditions surveys, dilapidations surveys and pre-purchase surveys. Drawing audits and site inspections of work in progress to assess compliance with contract, conformity to statutary requirements and consistency with codes of practice, national standards and general good practice. Assisting in dispute resoltion, achieving high quality and satisfactory completion.

Forensic architecture and construction technology combines achitectural and engineering practice with specialist services in building technology. Technical and forensic investigtions both in litigation support and to assist building owners and project teams solve problems, correct faults and resolve disputes. Providing training and guidance on compliance with regulations and standrads applying to construction.

With over 2 decades practical experience in the prevention investigation and diagnosis of building defects, we have helped resolve in excess of £50m pounds worth of defective construction and investigated a similar value of works which were wrongly held to be defective. This work has extended over much of Europe and occassionally to other continents.

Expert witness appointments include: single joint expert twice, prosecution expert twice and party expert over fifty times with expert evidence prepared for disputes governed variously by the regulations, standards and laws of: the Channel Islands, France, Gibraltar, Holland, Hugary, Isle of Man, Poland, Scotland, Seychelles, Spain, England & Wales. Expert evidence has covered: faulty construction, copyright infringement, compliance with statute, breach of contract and delay. Nine cases went to a full hearing and were settled in my client's favour. The rest were settled satisfactorilly out of court.