Last edited 24 Feb 2021

Independent principal consultant

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An independent principal consultant (IPC) maybe appointed by a client on a building project to offer impartial advice and assistance that is in addition to that offered by the client’s design team. The independent principal consultant normally has no affiliation with either the client or the design team.

Consultants from various professions can be independent principal consultants, advising according to their specialism. This can include:

The IPC can offer impartial advice both to the client and the design team in order to achieve best practice and value for money, health and safety, sustainability and so on. The IPC offers the client a second opinion on all matters related to the project and this may result in a client going against the wishes of the design team.

See also: Independent client adviser.

In addition to advising clients and design teams, IPCs may also offer independent impartial advice to contractors on various matters which may include:

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