"Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution"
John Ruskin. 1819-1900 (Victorian Art Critic, Draughtsman, Social Thinker & Philanthropist)
Q is all about quality and technical focus, we bring a lot of expertise in construction, design and structural defects claims to the table and we have harnessed all of this to develop a structural warranty which genuinely helps to improve the standards of construction in the UK by identifying the key risk areas and working with developers, builders, designers and supply chain to get it right first time.
We adopt a pragmatic and sensible approach to design – we actively encourage innovation and will work with your client (and you if necessary) to ensure your design can be translated in a commercially viable way into the physical construction.
Is that a modern method I see before me? Well it’s probably not terribly “modern” at all, it’s probably using an established technique or product in a different way or maybe it is a unique and innovative solution to a particular problem. In any case, non-standard construction techniques (or MMC as they’re probably known) spark our interest and we will work with you and your client to help translate a product or system into an insurable risk.
Type Approval is something we like to get involved with so that clients with standard housetype portfolios can have the design assessed robustly and guarantee future acceptance which will cut down the time it takes to get from design to construction stages for everyone.
The Q Policy replaces the Professional Consultant’s Certificate, providing independent, quality-driven, expert oversight during the build process, which gives more peace of mind to your client.
Our policy provides no fault redress to policyholders, which removes the need to prove negligence and the costly legal fees associated with this.
The Q Policy for Open Market Residential properties covers the full sales value of the property unlike other warranties available, providing adequate insurance for homeowners which far exceeds any benefit they might get from a Professional Consultant’s Certificate. On refurbishments and conversions we also include the existing structure in cover.
As a design professional working on behalf of a developer or builder which is working with Q, there are certain things about the policy and the way we work that you will need to know in order to continue to properly advise your client.
If you have any questions about The Q Policy, please don't hesitate to call our customer services team on 0333 577 2800 or email [email protected].
The Technical Standards contained in our Technical Manual, set a practical guide to what we expect but this should in no way stifle creativity – our approach is not “by the book” but will adapt to suit the needs of each project.
The Q Policy provides a minimum of ten years cover and is underwritten by respected A-rated insurers including Lloyd’s of London
Risk transfer for structural damage after the first six months under contract for residential developers
Policies can be extended by the policyholder beyond the initial ten years
Structural extensions & modifications can be included in cover by policyholders
We guarantee a minimum of 8 key stage site visits for each plot, more than any other warranty provider in the UK
Cover automatically includes loss of rent or alternative accommodation
Q works with the Consumer Code for New Homes, a CTSI Approved Code, and all our developers become members automatically