Judging the Bricks. Step 4: Second Fix

The Bricks, is an awards like no other. But how do you give yourself the best chance of reaching the prestigious event?

In this latest blog we consider how developers can ensure they score top marks for their second fix:

Being one the most visible part of a build project, items associated with second fix can be the source of complaints in new homes. However, it also gives builders an opportunity to truly stand out. Within the ‘Second Fix’ category, we consider:

  • Plumbing services including equipment
  • Electrical services including equipment
  • Joinery
  • Plastering and dry lining to walls and ceilings

Below Mike Swatton, our Head Judge, goes into detail on what he looks for when judging the second fix for The Bricks.

“We find that The Bricks winners have a great vision for quality which is always difficult to describe, but when you see it you know exactly what it is, second fix is an ideal opportunity to see this quality.
In terms of our judging we’re looking at the quality of paintwork, so we’re looking at the three P’s:

  1. Preparation
  2. Paintwork
  3. Protection

In terms of joinery, we consider how well the architraves are joined and how well the skirting is joined. On to tiling, both floor and wall tiling -how well that aligns to surroundings. Then on to plumbing, plumbing in the airing cupboard, is it well clipped? Is it jointed correctly? Is it insulated? 

Finally, electrical work. Are the boxes in line, neat and tidy and with the screw heads all in line?”

Best Practise

Chapter 10 of our Technical Manual on Finishes goes into detail on Second Fix. Below you will find a selection of key information from our Technical Manual related to Second Fix, for full details download Chapter 10.

Please remember that more information on all of the above can be found in our Technical Manual or by talking to your LABC Warranty Surveyor. Download the Technical Manual


Please Note: Every care was taken to ensure the information in this article was correct at the time of publication. Any written guidance provided does not replace the reader’s professional judgement and any construction project should comply with the relevant Building Regulations or applicable technical standards. However, for the most up to date LABC Warranty technical guidance please refer to your Risk Management Surveyor and the latest version of the LABC Warranty technical manual.


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