The first step is to outline the needs of our clients and share in their vision. In doing so, we are able to understand the full scope of the project and ensure all factors have been properly considered.
During requirements meetings, we ask our clients to discuss both what they want logistically and what they are hoping to achieve in the longer term. By doing this, we ensure that we start on the right step, have highlighted the specific skills required throughout and ensure strong communication from day one.
Following a requirements meeting, our team will typically begin pulling together ideas and considering the most effective method for helping our client achieve their aims.
This process is typically defined by the project. For larger builds we employ full 3D visualisations, however for smaller projects we typically use a combination of mood boards, concept sketches and presentations to reach a well-defined model that fits with the client’s criteria.
Planning and Licensing
While not all of our clients have specific needs regarding planning and licensing, we have extensive experience working with the relevant bodies to ensure all paperwork is completed correctly. This may include planning permission for extensions, new builds, managing alterations or securing a liquor licence for serving alcohol.
Building Regulation Approval
Once our clients are happy with all of the design and architectural elements, the next step is to submit technical drawings for approval with the building control department of the local authority or submit all documentation to an approved inspector.
This documentation covers a range of key information including a full review of building codes and proof of compliance with energy efficiency standards. These regulations apply to most new buildings and many alterations of existing buildings in England and Wales, whether domestic, commercial or industrial.
Full Specification Preparation
Following full approval from the relevant body, the next step is to prepare full construction drawings, specification of works and detailed FF&E (furniture, fixtures and equipment) specification.
This enables a basic method for costing the project and serves as a starting point to secure a construction team.
We typically work with trusted partners depending on location and job type, however if our clients have a specific construction company in mind we are happy to be flexible. In normal circumstances we offer the job specification to three established construction companies we have had previous experience with.
In many cases, this step requires a meeting with building contractors to discuss specific details and timeframes.
Value engineering is a big part of this process – ensuring that we never sacrifice build quality for price, but at the same time ensuring all work has been costed appropriately to ensure the budget is kept under control.
Construction (Project Management)
Our team have extensive experience managing various commercial project types in locations all over the UK and internationally. This includes short term complicated projects and long term highly complex projects – managing and directing large numbers of staff based in different locations.
The main roles during commercial project management are co-ordination and documentation. Other significant areas include managing the budget and changes to timescales effectively.
One of the areas we find to be most important is after the completion of the project itself. For the next six months we ensure that we remain in regular contact with our clients – providing any documentation they may need and managing any requirements that follow on from the project.