ICW Building Control is four years old. To commemorate the anniversary, over the next few weeks we will be profiling four key people within the business, posing questions about the division, about their roles and about the team.
First up is Neil Horsfall, who is Managing Director of ICW Building Control.
Q: Neil, tell us about ICW Building Control and how it works with the rest of the business?
ICW Building Control was established to support the growing demand of the ICW customer. The ability to offer the building control function alongside the structural warranty offerings allows our customers to benefit from a one-stop shop service.
Q: How has the division evolved over the last four years?
Over the last four years we have been able to expand the department in a sustainable manner. Now operating on a nationwide basis we are able to offer our services to a wide range of customers covering commercial and residential buildings of all scales. As we have grown, we have been able to support and develop our staff to enable internal promotions throughout the team.
Q: How do you differentiate the offering from competitors?
With our bespoke online portal and inspection software, backed by our internal software company, we can offer all customers real time data on their projects as they progress. In addition to this, we leverage our in-house team of experienced surveyors to offer seamless building control services alongside our warranty coverage, streamlining the process and reducing costs for our customers.
Q: What plans do you have for ICW Building Control in the future and how do you see the sector evolving?
As we face some of the biggest changes to our industry in the last 40 years, we are concentrating our efforts on establishing ICW as a Building Control Approver with the Building Safety Regulator whilst supporting all our surveyors in the registration process. This will enable us to demonstrate our competencies to our customers when working alongside them on any given project.
Q: What has been your biggest accomplishment in the role?
With one of the core principles of the ICW group being investment in training and development, I have been fortunate to continue my education and achieve qualifications in fire safety. This investment has also afforded me the time to become involved in the wider industry acting on a number of regulatory panels.
It has also been demonstrated by our recent in-house training events where we are supporting over 60 surveyors through professional charterships and the registration process.
Q: What has been your favourite project to work on?
This is a hard question to answer as we have had so many interesting projects, including a new build hospital and emergency accommodation to support refugees using modern of methods of construction.
Q: What do you enjoy most about your job?
One of the most enjoyable parts of my role is being able to train and develop staff, I also enjoy meeting with clients to offer pre-application advice on complex projects and assisting them in to achieve compliance.
Find out more about ICW Building Control and the services offered here.
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