The British Board of Agrément (BBA), the UK’s construction products certification body, has opened an office in Dublin (BBA EU), creating employment opportunities in the city and allowing it to explore new avenues for growth outside the UK.
The move is also intended to reassure clients in the UK and Europe of the BBA’s commitment to maintaining a normal trading position post Brexit.
Construction product certification specialist Oriola Davies, a qualified mechanical engineer who has worked for the BBA for more than a decade, has relocated from the BBA’s headquarters in Watford, Hertfordshire, to Dublin to help establish BBA EU. She is an active member of the European Organisation for Technical Approvals (EOTA)/External Thermal Composite Insulation Systems (ETICS) working group.
Richard Beale, BBA commercial director, said the move was an ‘important step’ in enabling the organisation to continue providing product certification and Agrément Certificates for European clients and customers in Ireland.
“We will continue to deliver the service they need and expect whether they be manufacturers, installers or distributors of construction products,” he said. “In addition, we are completing the process of achieving Notified Body status for the Ireland office which will allow us to undertake Assessment and Verification of Consistency of Performance (AVCP).
“We look forward to building on existing successes as well as embracing new challenges as we step into a new era for our business,” Richard concluded.