Clerk of works

On large and or complex building projects the owner and architect may agree that more frequent inspection of the works is required than the architect's usual inspection service as provided for in the client-architect agreement. The owner may therefore employ a clerk of works to provide more frequent inspections of the works. The clerk of works is usually selected by the architect and should be formally appointed directly by the owner, although the owner may authorise the architect, as the owner’s agent, to appoint the clerk of works.