Endeavour to gain all necessary approvals prior to commencement of the fit-out.
One of the most important areas of responsibility for your office relocation partner is making sure that all their work is carried out with the approval of the Landlord, planning officer, listed buildings supervisor, fire department, district surveyor, health and safety officer and building regulations department.
Even though some fast-track office fit-out programmes make it difficult to secure full formal approval prior to the start on site, your office relocation and fit-out partner should make sure that you at least have all the statutory applications in place before work starts.
As part of the approvals process CAD plans, featuring all the information and specification details required, should be produced and submitted as a matter of course and in the manner stipulated by the landlord and the authorities.
Once the project is underway, regular random site inspections should be a key part of the approach of the mainstream fit-out consultancies, to ensure that all work complies with health and safety regulations. This level of vigilance should also mean that problems may be identified and addressed early.
Once risks have been assessed and thorough consideration of the operations, materials, and site conditions involved undertaken, a safety file for the project should be opened by the Project Manager.
In most cases this should take the form of a questionnaire that highlights all such risks, which once completed, should be forwarded to the person in charge of health and safety for the project who will be responsible for maintaining the project safety file. The file is held on site for use by the site staff during the project and should be passed to you, the client, immediately after completion.
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