Project Management

Once the site is prepared and building work has begun, our role as begins to focus on project management. We will be on hand to administer the contract through the build process right through to completion – issuing instructions, approving staged (milestone) payment certificates and generally monitoring the progress of the works.

Having an experienced member of our team dedicated to project management during the construction phase allows the client to relax and enjoy the process, whilst helping to ensure the results are delivered on time, on budget and to the highest of standards.

It’s quite normal during construction project management for there to be alterations to the plans and design; to some extent it’s wise to expect the unexpected. But as experienced project managers, our relationships help us to keep even the most complex projects on track amongst all parties and contractors – through design, planning, budgeting, organising, scheduling and decision-making.

Over the years, our teams have developed a strong network of trusted builders, contractors, trades and incredibly talented craftspeople. These connections – along with the collaborative environment we cultivate with our clients – allow us to establish an inspired design vision and ensure that it’s implemented as intended.

Leveraging the project designer as a construction project manager can mean better efficiency, productivity and workmanship, as well as – whilst it may sound counterintuitive! – more control for the client. The client can share comments, feedback and amendments – and trust in the project manager, with whom a relationship is already established, to ensure they’re implemented. The client remains firmly in charge of the direction of the project, while the specialist expertise of the project manager and designer allows for more effective hands-on “micro-management” of the construction process and assurance that the design vision comes to life as intended.

As architectural designers leading the project management, we will conduct regular site visits during works for inspections and site meetings, liaising with the contractors to help keep the project on schedule and within budget. Following our site visits, we complete thorough site reports documenting the progress with photographs and descriptions of the work. With the right level of preparation and technical design specifications, a sensible contract and a reliable contractor, everything is in place to allow the project management to proceed smoothly. A construction project management expert keeps the client informed, in control – and in more enjoyment of the process.

8. Completion Handover

When construction is complete, we move on to commissioning, testing and handover. At this stage, all of the collaboration and effort of the previous months has come fully to life, and the resulting space is ready to live in and enjoy. 

1. Client Requirements

The first stage of the project begins with an exploration of client requirements, budget and context. In this initial phase, we conduct an appraisal to establish scope and design ambition, and we begin to understand the client’s core objectives for the project.

2. Project Brief

After gathering the vital preliminary information about the project, we prepare an initial project brief. We incorporate findings from the preliminary research stage, as well as the risk assessment, agreed budget and our understanding of the scope of work and client requirements.

3. Concept Design

In this stage, the architecture design concept is developed. This includes initial sketches, plans, and ideas to illustrate the project's design direction. Following the measured survey, we’ll produce a complete set of drawings that precisely depict the existing space.

4. Planning Permission

Working towards planning permission with our architectural design team means collaborating closely to develop a design that fulfils the design brief while satisfying council requirements. Throughout this process, we will continuously check back to your design brief, and assess, adapt and refine your design into a feasible project.

5. Technical Design Building Regulations

Once planning permission has been obtained, we will prepare a detailed set of technical architectural design drawings for tendering purposes. These are used to receive detailed and accurate estimates from builders and to ensure the project meets building regulations. 

6. Building Contract

Once the technical design specifications have been agreed and finalised, we can enter the construction phase. This begins with contract tendering and appraisal of tenders; we invite up to six trusted contractors to tender for a project.
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