Waterproofing design is absolutely at the core of what we do. It is the first and most important step in achieving a successful outcome in waterproofing. The best installation and materials will not prevent issue if the waterproofing design is not correct. Trace take complete responsibility for the waterproofing design on a project.
First established in 1974, we have now completed over 50,000 surveys and 18,000 projects. Our expert Waterproofing team has extensive knowledge and experience in successfully managing a wide range of projects, frequently where ‘live water’ is present. We have won 3 PCA ‘Project of the Year’ Awards; 2 CSRT awards, 1 CSSW award and benefit from an in-house MRICS Surveyor (Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) – there very few of these in the UK specialising solely in problems of moisture in buildings.
Commercial clients include numerous financial institutions, insurance companies, football clubs, top tier main contractors, councils, housing associations, Hospitals, Universities, Utilities companies, leading developers, Architecture Engineering and Surveying practices, major house builders and house-hold brands.
Trace carry £2.5m professional indemntiy insurance, allowing us to act as the 'Waterproofing Designer' on your design team and project.
Trace have designed thousands of systems spanning more than twenty years, including many remedial systems paid for by insurers (NHBC etc). We understand how to design out risk.
All of our Designers are competent in CAD and this is employed to create or tailor designs to suit any given configuration of structure. See our Arndale case study for an example of waterproofing design in a world first scenario.
A complete package - no split liabilities
In 2022 Trace undertook waterproofing industry research, 95% of respondents had CSSW but from a range of backgrounds (Contractors, Independents and Suppliers) and we also captured responses from 98% of all PCA Registered Waterproofing Design Specialists.
Part of the question set included what people offer in relation to taking responsibility for the waterproofing design. Taking design responsibility requires professional indemnity (P.I.) insurance. What we found is that many carry P.I., but that does not mean that they accept design responsibility. This is therefore a potentially confusing scenario. You can have a 'Waterproofing Design Specialist', which is the wording used in BS8102, but you then need someone else (a Waterproofing Designer) to take actual responsibility.
The point we make is that we always take design responsibility for what we install. There is no ambiguity or split liability (one party responsible for design, another for installation) where you employ Trace. This is best for client, main contractors, and the rest of the design team.