Our tried and tested 'workflow' takes a project from concept through to completion. We create and manage the relationships with all stake holders required to successfully deliver a scheme.
We offer a range of design services and often find that our role changes as the project progresses. We align ourselves with the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 and have embraced BIM ethos in our business as the requirement for these collaborative tools increase.
While the stages generally follow in sequence, on certain schemes some aspects of the project will have to be developed earlier than others, or the constraints of the procurement strategy may make it necessary to overlap certain stages.
Our Design Services Team develop, in parallel with the Concept Design, a number of Project Strategies including continual review of the Cost Information, the development of a Construction Strategy, a Maintenance and Operational Strategy and a Health and Safety Strategy and updating of the Project Execution Plan.
We manage the development of the architectural, building services and structural engineering designs from concept to technical definition and implement Change Control Procedures to ensure that any changes to the Concept Design are properly considered and signed off, regardless of how they are instigated.
A Design Responsibility Matrix sets out how key design interfaces will be managed and the lead designer will provide input to certain aspects, including a review of each designer’s work.
Once the work of the design team has been progressed to the appropriate level of detail, specialist subcontractors and/or suppliers undertaking design work will be able to progress their design work.
By the end of this stage, all aspects of the design will be completed, apart from minor queries arising from the site during the construction stage. In many projects, work in this and the Pre-Construction Stage occurs concurrently, and we ensure that these activities are monitored and controlled.
Planning Applications are typically submitted during this stage
During this stage, the design will be completed, although there may arise Design Queries as we progress towards the Construction Stage.
We will finalise the procurement strategy and ensure it is aligned with the client needs. A bespoke RIBA Plan of Work 2013 will set out the specific tendering and procurement activities that will occur at each stage in relation to the chosen procurement route.
The Project Programme will set out the specific stage dates and detailed programme durations. We consider design, procurement, mobilisation and construction periods to ensure an understanding and expectations of the full project process are managed as early as possible.
A fundamental part of determining the procurement strategy and assembling the project team is defining the timing of any contractor involvement.
We consider the requirement, particularly on conservation projects, for very detailed design, specification and construction information to be approved before, or during, construction.
This Stage will conclude with a design freeze, robust cost plan and a minimum of key works packages market tested or a fully tendered scope of works.
Development Services provide the tools to ensure that the client’s Business Case and the Strategic Brief have been properly considered before the Initial Project Brief is developed.
The Strategic Brief may require a review of a number of sites or alternative options, such as extensions, refurbishment or new build. By asking the right questions, the consultants, in collaboration with the client, can properly define the scope for a project, and the preparation and briefing process can then begin.
Several significant and parallel activities need to be carried out to ensure that the Design Stage is as productive as possible. These split broadly into two categories:
Developing the Initial Project Brief and any related Feasibility Studies
Assembling the project team and defining each party’s roles and responsibilities and the Information Exchanges.
When preparing the Initial Project Brief, we will consider:
The project’s spatial requirements
The desired Project Outcomes, which may be derived following Feedback from earlier and similar projects
The site or context, by undertaking site appraisals and collating Site Information, including building surveys
The Project Risk Assessment is required
Procurement Strategy, Project Programme and Planning Strategy
the assembly of the Project Team
The requirement for Pre-Application Planning Discussions or an Application baed upon an enhanced Concept Design.
During this stage, the building is constructed on site in accordance with the Construction Programme.
Our Construction Services teams can provide both commercial and operational support to deliver the project.
The project team’s priorities during this stage will be facilitating the successful handover of the building in line with the Project Programme and, in the period immediately following, concluding all aspects of the Building Contract, including the inspection of defects as they are rectified or the production of certification required by the Building Contract.
Other services may also be required during this period. These will be dictated by project specific Schedules of Services, which should be aligned with the procurement and Handover Strategies.
Tasks in relation to the Handover Strategy can be wide-ranging and may include:
facilitating Feedback workshops
considering how any lessons learned might be applied on future projects
undertaking tasks in relation to commissioning or ensuring the successful operation and management of the building.