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Construction Defects

Despite the best planning, defects in the construction industry occur frequently and result in complex construction claims that sometimes lead to a lengthy and costly litigation process. Evaluation and analysis of construction defects is therefore important for all stakeholders of a construction project, including owners and developers, contractors and subcontractors, architects, designers, engineers, OEMs, insurers, banks and lending institutions, as well as government agencies.

In the past, our experts have been instructed to investigate a variety of construction defects. These include dangerous defects, which have the potential to cause physical injury or damage to property, as well as passive defects, which cause financial loss due to loss of use, diminution in value and extra repair expenses.

With a hands-on approach and practical experience in the field, our experts’ investigations have been instrumental in identifying the cause of these construction defects, including design deficiencies, product or material insufficiencies, construction process failure, and other operation and maintenance issues. Our experts have also analysed structural and latent defects in various buildings to assist insurers who provide cover and warranty of construction projects.

During root cause investigations, our experts carry out detailed and comprehensive testing of construction materials that meets British and European standards. Destructive and non-destructive testing is carried out to determine physical and chemical properties of samples extracted from the site. Our experts can also advise on other construction material testing offered through external laboratories, including void content of core sample, PRD tests, blacktop analysis, binder recovery, bitumen penetration, and bitumen softening point.

Our experts have also been instrumental in the review and analysis of remediation and repair recommendation, and in establishing cost of repair. This includes quantification of damages, evaluation of direct cost of repair, determination of diminished value and loss of use, as well as review of other indirect damages resulting from the defect.

 

For more information or to contact one of our experts please call us on +44 (0)20 70428 123