Control of the works

Ensuring success through project oversight.

If you are thinking about building or renovating a property in Spain, you probably have inquiries regarding the supervision and management of construction activities.

We have gathered essential Frequently Asked Questions to offer clarification.

Click below on the questions to view the answers and do not hesitate to contact us to ask about your specific case.

In general, for a minor work it is not compulsory to have an architect responsible for the project and control of the works. It just mean that you don’t need the signature of an architect but you can (and it is a good idea to) hire an architect even for a minor work.

When we talk about major works, it is always necessary to hire an architect. The architect will design and elaborate all the documentation for the project (including structure, facilities, materials, budget) and will also control that everything is done according to the project. The architect is the Construction Manager (Director de Obra).

It is important to know that the architect controls that the works are done according to the project but is not responsible for construction company delays or other problems that may happen during the works.

For major works, it is also compulsory to hire a technical architect (arquitecto técnico or aparejador in Spanish). He will be the Technical Construction Manager (Director de Ejecución de la Obra).

To have a general idea, the term Director de Obra refers to the person (an architect) who is in charge of a general control of the works: the technical, aesthetic, urban or environmental aspects, in accordance with the building license granted. He will ensure compliance with all the conditions of the project.

The term Director de la Ejecución de la Obra refers to the person (a technical architect) who will carry out an exhaustive direction of the construction, that is, the supervision and control of the correct execution by the builder, of what is projected by the architect.

Yes, when hiring professionals for the control of the works, look for architects and technical architects registered with the appropriate Spanish professional associations.

Certification and membership in these associations demonstrate their competence and adherence to industry standards.

While “control of the works” conducted by the architect and the technical architect ensures that the construction aligns with the project and, consequently, complies with building regulations and urban planning norms, it doesn’t necessarily imply full project management.

We can provide additional assistance, such as material selection, coordination of different involved companies, process control, etc. However, it’s essential to note that these tasks go beyond the strict definition of “control of the works” and represent added services for a more comprehensive project management approach.

These additional tasks may not always be necessary, but we offer a complete service to alleviate any concerns and ensure a seamless process, handling everything from start to finish.

The architect focuses on design aspects, aesthetics, and overall vision, while the technical architect ensures the technical compliance of the construction with plans and regulations. Together, they provide comprehensive supervision.

Regular inspections throughout the construction process are vital. However, certain milestones, such as foundation, structural, and finishing stages, often require more detailed scrutiny to ensure adherence to plans and quality standards.

The architect and technical architect work together to evaluate the impact, propose solutions, and seek necessary approvals. Resolving deviations promptly is crucial to maintaining project integrity.

Challenges may include unexpected site conditions or changes in project scope. Open communication, regular site meetings, and proactive problem-solving are key to overcoming challenges. Flexibility and adaptability are essential qualities.

Renovations often present unique challenges due to existing structures. Works control in renovations requires a detailed understanding of the original construction, adherence to preservation guidelines, and addressing unforeseen issues that may arise during the renovation process.