PRE-CONSTRUCTION IS VITAL TO DEVELOPMENT – APPOINT & MANAGE A DESIGN TEAM

In my most recent project management blog series I mentioned that there are 3 stages to building project management:

  • 1. Pre-construction
  • 2. Construction
  • 3. Post construction

It all starts with consideration of a project / development objective. A Project Manager will review the objective and then establish and appoint a design team made up of professional consultants. The team will collectively carry out all the work necessary to design the project and provide the information necessary to obtain all the consents that will be required.

WHO IS IN THE DESIGN TEAM?

A design team will vary depending on the project type, typically most projects will require a core team and I refer to those involved as the design “power” team. IE. Consultants that Steele-Perkins use and recommend on a frequent basis for the majority of projects. This includes:

  • Planning consultants
  • Architects
  • Structural engineers
  • Quantity surveyor / cost consultants
  • Mechanical and Electrical design consultants
  • Health and Safety consultants
  • Party Wall surveyors

In addition to design power team there will almost always be further professionals/consultants involved and they may be brought into the project at design stage for various reasons. These reasons may relate to requests made from:

  • The Design power team to facilitate the Pre-Construction design and consent process
  • Council relating to planning conditions IE: Information to discharge conditions
  • Building Control at plan check stage
  • Structural warranty providers
  • Monitoring surveyors working for lenders / banks
  • Private investors
  • Solicitors

This is by no means a definitive list, the point is that the pre-construction design and consent process involves many people and is vastly important to any project. The flow and management of information within the team as the team grows is also essential.

BEST PLATFORM FOR SUCCESS – SAVE TIME AND MONEY

The pre-construction process can often take between 3 and 9 months to complete and it’s important that as the project owner IE. Client/Investor/Developer that this process is managed efficiently to save time and money as well as giving your development the best platform for success.

3 TOP TIPS ON HOW TO MANAGE THE PROCESS

  • 1. Hire a Project Manager who will advise on and link the process together
  • 2. Work at a high level with your PM and build a strong relationship with them
  • 3. Use a Pre-Construction Programme for a snapshot of current, pending and future tasks

If you have questions on pre-construction programmes, please follow this link to the Steele-Perkins website and register your interest for future blogs as I’ll be covering this soon – www.steele-perkins.co/blog.

DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE IMPORTANCE OF PRE-CONSTRUCTION

Pre-Construction preparation is vital to every project regardless of size, complexity or gross development value. It is also a vastly time consuming process and is best left to a project manager.

3 REASONS WHY

  • 1. Their experience and contacts will ensure that the relevant professionals and supporting services are considered, appointed and managed efficiently so all boxes are ticked.
  • 2. The co-ordination and sequencing of the design and consent process is important, this will be managed for you and according to a target timeframe.
  • 3. They will integrate the tender process into the pre-construction programme, this is a vital stage of any project or development to obtain competitive prices and to secure your contractor.

WE CAN HELP YOU

Steele-Perkins are experienced at leading building projects through the maze of requirements at all stages. We help individuals, property investors and developers for projects that range in size, complexity and location.

If you have a building or development project that you think you would benefit from professional project management then we can help you at any stage of the process.

I look forward to connecting with you, Oliver Steele-Perkins – 07976 339 339