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Expert Witness Reports for Construction Disputes

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Expert Witness Reports

Western Building Consultants are a CIAT & RICS regulated company that can give you expert advice surrounding building and construction disputes.

What is an Expert Witness?

Expert witness reports are often required to analyse where a construction project has gone wrong in some way or another. They can often be relied upon in court proceedings to inform the judge about technical matters relating to a claim.

Why Western Building Consultants?

We have an established background in acting for both clients and contractors and are able are able to offer advice to Clients involved in Building disputes. We have in house up to the minute trained professionals from the architecture, surveying, party wall, health and safety and engineering field meaning we can often advise on most disputes.

We are experienced in the preparation of Expert Witness Reports acting as either Single Joint Expert or a Party’s Expert.

We can often help resolve construction disputes before they reach court and have experience representing our clients in arbitration meetings. By giving you a multidisciplinary approach, our reports are often more well-rounded than expert reports that are generated from a single professional source, and in our experience this can help more fairly attribute the issues at hand and help to resolve matters between parties more easily.

Office, Design, Architect, Bath, Fit out,

Architecture, Architect for Office design Bath, Frome & Bristol

What types of dispute might require an Expert Witness report?

  • Construction cost claims and disputes over quality of contractors workmanship
  • Disputes over architectural design adequacy
  • Disputes between homeowners and their contractors
  • Property insurance claims and disputes
  • Party Wall disputes
  • Negligence claims for building surveys
  • Building defects analysis of fault (design vs contractor)
  • H&S claims related to construction or design

What is an Expert Witness?

An expert witness is anyone who has specialist field of expertise and knowledge of a particular subject. Western Building Consultants have provided expert witness services in relation to a number of construction disputes.

What does an Expert Witness do?

It will usually involve your expert witness carrying out the detailed analysis of any construction information such as plans, a site survey and exploration of any defects including the interview of each party if relevant, this will also include the review of any relevant information submitted by the parties involved. An initial report can then be compiled that is in line with Practice Direction 35 set out in the Civil Procedure Rules. This can be expanded upon a further detailed should it be required to be used as evidence in court.

Our reports are compliant with the latest RICS Practice Statement for Surveyors Acting As Expert Witnesses; if you would like to instruct us please contact us directly or through your appointed legal representative (solicitor).

Architect, Hotel, Leisure, Bath, Pubs, Designer, Design Bath

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Sam George MSc BSc (Hons) MCIAT FCABE C.BuildE AssocRICS

T. 01225 789307

Why us

Ethically Minded

Ethically Minded

Being socially responsible and promoting excellent ethics is at the forefront of our business. Our staff are happy and content and this is shown through our positive approach to your project. We work to the highest professional standards as required by both the RICS and CIAT. You can rest assured that when you employ WBC you will be supporting an organisation that champions local, national and international projects through schemes such as FairTrade, Mentoring Plus and the Bath percent club. This is backed up by a rigorous Corporate Social Responsibility Policy. We sponsor many grass roots sports clubs such as Combe Down Rugby Club, Frome Park Bowls Club & Cardiff Harlequins.

Realistic Timescales

Realistic Timescales

We are realistic with timescales and honest about what you will receive. Most people underestimate the time involved with a building project, but we are upfront about what is involved and will be clear about how long a project might take. Throughout the project we will continue to update you about progress and will advise you if there will be a disruption in the timetable.

Varied Architectural Style and Building Types

Varied Architectural Style and Building Types

We have vast planning experience and are adaptable to most architectural styles and ages of buildings. We are perfectly able to adapt to the style of your property from contemporary to traditional, urban to rural. We have designed projects in most styles and can use our broad experience to help design the best solution for your property, using whatever construction technology best suits your needs. Whether you plan a modest alteration or something spectacular WBC can help you achieve your project goals.

Consultant Levels of Knowledge

Consultant Levels of Knowledge

We employ qualified professionals with a variety of skill sets and the latest training. many of our employees have specialist post graduate qualifications. We also train selected staff through university programmes and professional qualifications to ensure our clients get the best trained surveyors and up to date advice. You will receive a professional, comprehensive and cohesive consultation and guidance throughout the project, ensuring that your development is handled with a consultant level of knowledge.

Survey to Completion Guarantee

Survey to Completion Guarantee

We are here for you when you need us, with our survey to completion guarantee. You won’t be left alone, we will fit in wherever you need us in the project or guide you through the whole process. You will have the knowledge that someone is always at hand whatever level of service you need.

Cost Conscious, Value for Money & Fixed Fees

Cost Conscious, Value for Money & Fixed Fees

Whilst offering exceptional value for money we also bring a positive, approachable, pragmatic, realistic and well rounded attitude to your project. You will feel at ease discussing issues with your project, our pragmatic approach to design and refurbishment means that we can often deliver built in VALUE. One example of this is recognising where cost savings can be made in the design without compromising the overall scheme and offering a higher standard of technical specification over many of our competitors, this reduces the need for outside engineering input and ultimately saves you money in fees. We are grounded which means that we can deliver a build in a cost conscious manner in order to make sure our projects are buildable.

Well Networked with Local Knowledge

Well Networked with Local Knowledge

Where we do not have the in house skills to tackle an element of a project we are well networked locally to utilise outside consultants that we have built up relationships with over many years. You will get the best of local knowledge and be introduced to like minded trusted suppliers with excellent professional services.

One Stop Shop

One Stop Shop

We can provide the majority of services required for a small project in house, making us practically a one stop shop. Having most services in house means that we are often fully accountable for the professional services on your project, this ensures simplicity, communication and efficiency. By utilising a multi-disciplinary approach we are able to keep professional costs for the project extremely competitive and hassle free, essentially you only pay for one set of overheads.

Unparalleled Technical Knowledge

Unparalleled Technical Knowledge

We have unparalleled technical knowledge and produce comprehensive architectural designs and surveys. You will be getting market-leading technical advice that has been approached with imaginative problem-solving techniques. This helps us to identify potential problems with a build before they arise.

Our knowledge adds value, an example of this is that most architects do not provide any advice on the structure of a building during the building regulations approval stage, relying on a structural engineer to produce all work relating to the super structure. At Western Building Consultants we provide structural advice on many areas, such as timber design for floors and roofs, limiting the scope of the engineers work and saving you money.

Large Team of Surveyors

Large Team of Surveyors

Having a large team of surveyors means that your project is unlikely to be held up due to other circumstances, there will always be at least two surveyors familiar with the project therefore continuity and a personal service will be retained. On larger schemes a bigger team will be assembled with the required specialist knowledge to fully support your project.

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