Building Control Engineer (Fire Safety)

  • Location
    London, Greater London
  • Salary
  • Category
    Public Sector - Public Sector Projects & Programmes
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    Public Sector
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JOB TITLE: Building Surveyor (Fire Safety)
LOCATION: Tower Hamlets, East London
START DATE: 01/06/2020
DURATION: 3 months
PAY RATE: £90 per hour (Umbrella)

Purpose of the job:
1. To act as the Council's specialist advisor on Building Control fire safety systems providing highly specialised technical advice and policy in relation to building services and fire safety and related matters in the context of the building regulation approval process.
2. To ensure that building regulation applications requiring a services input are processed efficiently, effectively and with consistency. Undertake appropriate projects/schemes on fire safety service matters
3. To assist in managing the delivery of the Council's responsibilities for the determination of building regulation applications by ensuring that fire safety systems for all new and altered buildings including major complex high rise developments are designed, installed and tested in accordance with all relevant codes and standards.
4. To develop fire safety system policy and guidance and advise, review and lead on all Building Control fire safety services matters, liaising with internal and external stakeholders on all aspects associated with services issues including the review and assessment of any relevant consultancy services.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:
1. To contribute towards a high quality specialised building control service
2. To provide expert guidance over the full range fire safety systems and review submission of plans, calculations and other supporting information for projects, including major large-scale, high rise and complex developments to ensure that work is undertaken in accordance with statutory requirements and the highest professional practice
Fire safety systems includes, inter alia;
* Fire alarm and detection
* Fire suppression [sprinklers and gaseous]
* Fire fighting installations [dry and wet risers]
* Smoke dispersal, control and removal

* Pressurisation of fire fighting shafts
* Fire service access into and through the building
* Emergency and standby electrical supplies
3. To develop policy on fire safety systems and to serve on working parties and committees e.g. BSI, as required to further understanding and to enhance the reputation of the Council as a leading authority on high rise fire safety.
4. To make recommendations for the approval / rejection of the building services and fire safety and related aspects of applications under building regulations or associated legislation and draft legally binding schedules of conditions within stipulated time limits.
5. To manage a number of major complex proposals in an environment of constantly shifting priorities, including complex legislative changes and conflicting operational demands
6. To work with minimum supervision and to take the initiative in assessing the content of a variety of the most complex fire safety proposals including major high rise buildings.
7. To support other officers and surveyors as required by the team leader.
8. To undertake the Council's responsibility to inspect building and construction work at all relevant stages on building regulation cases, such visits will involve attending locations alone and encountering situations that may involve personal risk.
9. To record all inspections to a standard capable of being used to defend the Council's interests in any future litigation and ensure that any necessary enforcement action is instigated to secure compliance with building regulations.
10. Be the first point of contact for specialist advice on all building services and fire safety issues relating to the work of the Building Control Section and be responsible for issuing such advice in accordance with the latest professional developments, and best professional standards.
11. To attend on-site and office meetings with the developer's multidisciplinary specialist consultants and contribute to and influence their design proposals to ensure cost effective compliance with all relevant legislation and technical standards.
12. To lead on the test witnessing of building services and fire and life safety systems on major complex developments both during and out of normal working hours, where requested by the applicant, to ensure that Building Control occupation and completion certificates are issued to meet the developer's deadline(s).

13. To maintain a high level and quality of work and meet performance targets set by the council or the building control management from time to time.
14. To develop the skills necessary to undertake this post and to identify and participate in training and development events relevant to your work.
15. To lead on ensuring the proper development of staff through training and instruction and mentoring on site for all matters relating to fire safety systems and building services.


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