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Welcome to Approved Inspector Services

Assurance Approvals throughout the UK

Approved Inspector Services Limited (AIS) is a multi-disciplined, independent consultancy providing assurance approvals, compliance engineering and a wide range of expert supporting services for property clients, developers, architects, owners, project managers/teams and contractors in the construction industry.

AIS has developed its reputation over 14 years as a service leader in its field, setting the benchmark for delivery and professional excellence in such sectors as national transport infrastructure, international airports, museums and theatres, boutique and international hotels, healthcare and education, residential, premium retail and office developments, mixed use major developments, over station developments, tall, listed and historic buildings.

We have experienced and Chartered Engineers in the fields of building control consultancy and surveying, civil and structural engineering, communications, systems integration, fire engineering, fire protection and control, lift and escalator engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering, premises, and accessibility to the built environment. We also provide guidance on infrastructure protection, movement monitoring and structural assessment.

Accreditations and Awards

We are licenced and approved by the Construction Industry Council to deliver full building regulation approval services as an Approved Inspector.

We are registered/verified by RISQS (Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme) to provide services to the UK Rail Sector and our Engineers have been accredited by London Underground on a multitude of projects.

Our Quality Management System is certified to ISO 9001:2008 and highlights our strong commitment to quality, service and customer excellence.

Why AIS?

AIS provides a one stop shop for legislative and standards advice providing expert guidance through building control consultancy, the intricacies of the Building Regulations, Railway and Airport standards and other related legislation.

We provide clear and honest advice with innovative and practical solutions, ensuring your developments are built to be sustainable, compliant and safe without losing its creativeness and uniqueness.

We’ll work with you from the pre-tendering stage right through to completion resolving potential issues in the early stages of the design process saving you time and money, and minimising risk.

Our clients receive a service tailor-made to meet their specific needs and project demands always with added value to ensure successful delivery of their projects.

Our highly experienced and qualified staff provide timely, comprehensive and dedicated support throughout the project lifecycle from initial design support at concept stage right through the various stages up to completion. Working as a team player throughout the whole life of the project and closely with clients, designers and contractors, we ensure our involvement actively contributes towards a successful project.

Our reputation is built on strong long term relationships with our clients and on the way we do business with them. Our Clients value us.

AIS Pocket Guide App

Screenshot: AIS Pocket Guide App homepage

Our 2016 AIS Pocket Guide App is available for IOS and Android, click the badges to download for free from the App Store or Google Play Store. It is full of news, tools and valuable guides on the Building Regulations including the changes to occur shortly. It is also a showcase of our wide ranging work and services.

Latest news

Building Awards 2016: The winners revealed

The Building Awards reward excellence and outstanding performance in the UK Construction Industry. To view all winners click here: http://www.building-awards.com/2016-winners/

AIS are pleased to say they provided Building Regulations Approvals for Shaftesbury Theatre, Winner of Category: Small Project of the Year (up to £5m).

The project entailed building a 35-tonne capacity flytower plus offices and plant on top of an existing theatre that had to remain operational at all times. Shaftesbury Theatre is a prominent listed building with an ornate terracotta façade. The serrated shape of the flytower box forms a dramatic angular volume on the skyline and is fabricated from panels of weathering steel, complementing both the terracotta and the adjoining building’s faience and brickwork.

The grade II listed theatre dates from 1911 and was the last and most northerly of Shaftesbury Avenue’s venues to be completed. Under its current ownership it has built a reputation as a receiving house for large-scale musical theatre, but with the technical demands of productions increasing, the existing timber-framed flytower was increasingly seen as a limitation on the commercial potential of the venue.

A structural solution was devised which would enable a new flytower with a 35-tonne scenery capacity, and much-needed office space to be built. Straddling the existing stage on four steel columns, it had the potential to be independently built above the existing flytower roof, allowing the theatre to operate below during much of the construction period. However, the listed status of the building meant that an innovative architectural solution was demanded which would accommodate the significant new volume whilst complementing the theatre and its setting.

The form of the building was developed in order to create a distinctive contemporary intervention on the theatre’s skyline. With the volume and height fixed by technical constraints, a serrated form was developed which would accommodate windows, smoke vents and other technical requirements within a unified geometry of angular planes.

Latest projects

Pier 1, Gatwick Airport

Baggage Hall Gate Room

Gatwick launched the new Pier 1 in June 2016, its largest redevelopment scheme to be undertaken costing £186million, this new “operationally excellent” facility replaces the original Pier 1 which opened in 1958 by the Queen.

The gross floor area of the new building is 25,000m2 with five new aircraft stands. The development houses a state of the art new baggage system for the South Terminal accommodating more 4,250 bags an hour and the airports first early bag store allowing up to 2600 bags to be checked in up to 18 hours before departure providing convenience to passengers and reducing queues by spreading out check in times.

Five state-of-the-art passenger gate rooms with views across the runway have been constructed, each include seating for over a hundred people, a family area, interactive spaces to keep children entertained and a “Touchdown” business area. A new lounge for premium passengers sits on top of the new Pier and boasts panoramic views across the airfield.

Five new aircraft stands with a choice of an air bridge or walk-in, walk-out with possibility to use both to speed up the boarding/disembarking helping to eliminate queue’s and ensure more on time departures.

AIS provided Building Control Approval for the Pier 1 redevelopment and worked with the client project team and construction contractor to determine solutions for a complex and multi-faceted project.