Definition of clerk of (the) works in English:

clerk of (the) works

phrase

British
  • A person who oversees building work in progress.

    • ‘The builders, who are due to complete in October, have been moaning about the demands made by their clerk of works.’
    • ‘He became clerk of works with responsibility for Killarney National Park, Derrynane and Garnish Island.’
    • ‘I have also worked with clerks of works, and I picked up a lot of information about that.’
    • ‘I have had the clerk of works down on the floor six times but I still have no satisfaction.’
    • ‘Together with the clerk of works we have identified those items on the snagging lists that are to be referred to you for a decision.’
    • ‘Over the centuries the internal scaffolding has been used by clerks of works and architects to carry out inspections of the spire.’
    • ‘The clerk of works reported on the progress that was being quietly accomplished on the restoration operations at York Minster.’
    • ‘The Council also had a clerk of works on site, he said.’
    • ‘He died from mesothelioma in 1998, following a career with Manchester city council as a clerk of works.’
    • ‘The job of clerk of the works would become director of works.’