About your inspector

Education

Kevin Keegan was born and educated in Glasgow, Scotland. He was employed by The City of Glasgow District Council as an apprentice carpenter in 1977, receiving his City and Guilds Craft Certificate in Carpentry in 1980. He continued study whilst still working as a first and second fix carpenter obtaining, The Advanced Craft Certificate in Carpentry and Joinery in 1981 and The Certificate in Construction Crafts Supplementary Studies Certificate in 1982.

In 1984 he attended the Glasgow Collage of Building as a fulltime student and completed the Ordinary National Certificate in Building. In 1984 he was engaged as a trainee Building Inspector Building and Civil Engineer by the Department of the Environment (Ministry of Defense), whilst in training he completed over two years at evening class the Higher National Certificate in Building in 1986. The following year he completed the Certificate in Building Control Part 1 . Kevin has held a Full Builders License since 1996.

Over the years Kevin has attended numerous building courses and seminars relating to Construction Contracts, Contract documentation and Dispute Resolution.


Construction Experience

Kevin has vast experience of the construction industry, having started at a grass roots level as an apprentice first and second fix carpenter in Scotland. Having qualified as a carpenter he worked on many renovations of old multiple storey buildings acquiring an in depth hands on knowledge of building defects and remedies. In 1983 he worked for Pritchard Building Preservation repairing wet rot and dry rot within buildings , inserting chemical damp proof courses, applying timber preservatives and spraying homes for pests.

Kevin decided that if he were to move forward with a career in the construction industry he would have to improve his qualifications, in 1983/84 he attended Glasgow collage of building and obtained an ONC in Building.

On completion of the ONC he was offered a Trainee position of Technology Officer Building and Civil Engineer with the Department of the Environment , Ministry of Defense. In that role he would carry out site inspections , prepare building specification and contract documentation for assets held by the Crown . During his time with the Ministry of Defense he was responsible for works at National Engineering Laboratories , active airbases , Navy buildings, Court Houses and culminating as a Works Inspector at the ($750million Dollar)Ministry of Defense Head Quarters Glasgow.

Kevin travelled to South Africa in 1988 and worked as a Works Inspector at The Groote Schoer Hospital in Cape Town, where he was responsible for all finishes to wards and operating theatres.

In 1989 Kevin arrived in Adelaide and was engaged by the SA Housing Trust as an Assistant Quantity Surveyor. This role was invaluable for him as he was not only able to cost houses and apartments form plans and specifications but also attend on site and learn in depth the differing Australian construction practices and techniques. Kevin is a fair but tough negotiator and has had many confrontations with major Adelaide builders over contract variations and Building Contracts.

In 1993, Kevin became the Contract Administrator for The Co-Operative and Community Housing Authority, in this role he was responsible for all building contracts, specifications ,budgeting and inspection of old and new build housing projects for Community Groups such as the Salvos, Lutherans and groups responsible for the housing needs of their clients with mental and/or physical disabilities. Kevin also coordinated a self-build scheme for community groups to build their own houses. Schemes of this type have been seen recently on the television show "Grand Designs".

Kevin set up a Construction Management practice in 2000, providing pre build , new build and pre purchase inspections to government and private individuals, he has a good understanding of, and is able to demystify and clarify most standard forms of Contact Documentation.

Kevin has on behalf of clients obtained payment form bankrupt builders through negotiation with liquidators, provided technical evidence at court resulting in substantial awards being made in his clients favour. Not to mention a cool head mediating building disputes , negotiations and final resolutions.

Kevin is passionate about building and feels that he is fortunate to have found a career that is able to interest and continually challenge him.