To achieve value for money from a project, it is essential to carry out rigorous and detailed inspection of materials and workmanship throughout the build.

The Silver Difference

Our highly professional Quality Management Team conduct regular site visits and clear and concise reports to ensure that a client’s asset is delivered in compliance with the brief and specification, and in line with the relevant regulations. Their combined expertise covers new build construction, refurbishment, the conversion and repair of existing properties, renewable technologies and various offsite manufacturing products.

Prior to joining Silver, each of our site inspectors has spent 30 to 40 years in construction trades that range from plumbing and carpentry to site management. This hands-on experience has given them an exceptional eye for detail, backed up by solid technical know-how.Their combined technical knowledge and collaborative working approach assures a high standard of workmanship that adds value to any development. As members of The Institute of Clerks of Works and Construction Inspectorate of Great Britain Inc. (ICWCI), they also attend monthly ICWCI Chapter meetings, and regular CPD events including Building Regulation seminars and workshops. This ensures they remain aware of changes in legislation and best practice.

The team’s technical knowledge and collaborative working approach assures a high standard of workmanship that adds value to any development. In order to familiarise themselves thoroughly with a project, they will become involved at the earliest possible pre-construction stage, then drive quality through to the end of the Defects Rectification Period.

What we do

  • We attend design, briefing and progress meetings.
  • We undertake drawing and specification checks and technical audits.
  • Where necessary, we can draw on the technical knowledge and expertise across Silver to detect or anticipate any problems.
  • We study and comment on contract drawings/schedules and cross reference with ERs for compliance.
  • We study the programme and offer our opinion and the potential impacts of events upon the works.
  • We conduct a temporary works review prior to commencement.
  • We refer to the pre-construction and construction health & safety plans.
  • We establish and agree on lines of communication with the client, project manager and contractor’s team.
  • We manage benchmark workshops with the client and the contractor to agree standards for complex details and final Client inspections.
  • We provide accurate, concise and timely reports supported by photographic evidence.
  • We share lessons learned internally and ensure they inform all future projects.

How can we help?

Please contact Martin for more details of our Quality Management Services.

Martin Ward

MCIOB MICWCI

Director, Quality Management & Aftercare


Martin joined Silver in 2005. Over a 30-year career, starting as a plumber, he has acquired an impressive breadth of practical, technical, managerial and business experience. Martin is an active member of ICWCI.

“During my time at Silver, the commitment to quality has never dwindled. Their right-first-time approach is the secret of delivering strong and confident quality management.”

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Service: Quality Management

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Silver’s three-year involvement with the project started with the demolition of the old industrial buildings prior to work on the basement. The proximity of the canal basin presented complex challenges throughout the basement excavation and construction. 

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Services: Employer’s Agent and Quality Management

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The image of Centenary Quays supplied courtesy of Crest Nicholson.

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Client: A2Dominion Group
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We have successfully delivered the strategic and quality components of this development, and are extremely privileged to have been involved in the conservation and development of Pond House.

Testament to the success of the scheme was given by the local councillor:

‘It was wonderful to see what can be done professionally to restore such a heritage building. OHG have done an excellent job and it's a model for other owners of heritage buildings”