Continuing on from the last post, I have a question you might help me with:
* When the developer got the money from the bank is it just a big wad of money for the whole development?
If it is this explains the lack of bank draw-down certificates that are required for everybody else (even to do a humble extension), it is on this draw-down certificate that the architect certifies that:
“I have supervised construction to date…
The construction to date is in accordance with the Planning Permission / Building Regulations…”
(Bank of Ireland Mortgages)
It would make an interesting case if this was completed by an insured professional.
btw, the Certificate used by the architect was probably RIAI 1A, where there was no on-going inspection/certification and certificate of compliance (on visual inspection only, where hidden items can’t be verified) was issued on completion. Front page of certificate below which explains clearly what the architect is certifiying. A ridiculous situation (as I’ve repeated earlier it’s impossible to certify under these circumstances):
So what could have been done? The Form1B is used when the architect certifies compliance and is involved throughout the design and construction stage; this involves regular inspections and undoubtedly should have uncovered the Priory Hall defects earlier; obviously the builder/developers didn’t want to pay for this ! Who needs an architect anyway !!!! (Cover of Form 1B below):