In recent blog posts I have discussed some key areas to address when preparing for building / development work #Pre-Construction. This is the first stage of Project Management that is often miss-understood and involves the meticulous preparation of projects through the design, consent and tender stages ahead of building work starting.Last month I was delighted to be contacted by the Grand Designs Live media team inviting me to give Project Management advice at this year’s show in London Excel. I’ll be helping up to 10 people / couples with any questions they have from appointing design teams, sourcing contractors, procurement, cost control, self build and no doubt much more. I’ll be at the “Ask an Expert” section of the show and can’t wait to hear about the projects people are starting, planning and working on.
ARE YOU PLANNING A BUILDING PROJECT, A SELF BUILD OR A DEVELOPMENT?
HERE ARE 10 POINTS FOR YOU TO CONSIDER:
APPOINT A DESIGN TEAM
Every project will need key consultants to advise, design and provide services to facilitate the pre-construction process. Bring in professional advice and help early to avoid delays, potential problems and cost
MANAGE THE PRE-CONSTRUCTION PROCESS WITH A PROGRAMME
The Pre-Construction stage takes months and costs thousands. Manage this efficiently and save yourself thousands in the process. Access the ultimate pre-construction template here
HEALTH AND SAFETY
Discuss this with your Architect and specifically ask them if they will be acting as the Principle Designer for the project. Further information is available on our blog
There are raft of consents and red tape with building work, check the consents that are relevant to your project and submit your applications early. Your Project Manager or design team will advise you as to what will be required for your project
SCOPE OF WORKS (OR BILL OF QUANTITIES)
Ensure you have a SoW professionally prepared for your project, this sets out the work to be carried out, it is issued to contractors to price and in a format that allows for comparable pricing
Locating, vetting and building relationships with Contractors is a valuable exercise. Ensure you do this early in the pre-construction process so you have a short list of suitable contractors to invite to tender
Issuing a tender to contractors will give you a solid base for obtaining competitive pricing in all market conditions. The priced responses allow for a detailed analysis which if carried out well can save you thousands of pounds on your contract sum
This is essential to every building project, ensure you obtain a programme from the Contractor or your Project Manager. This will need to be agreed and included as a Contract document. Ensure that your Project Manager includes any supply and fit packages not carried out by the Principle Contractor
Standard Building Contracts are easily available for building and development projects and should be used. JCT are the leading providers to the construction industry. They provide a useful contract selection flow chart to assist, however your Architect or Project Manager will also advise you
Ensure you have given any notifications that you need to, this may sound simple but is easy to overlook. It will always include Building Control the H&S Executive and in urban areas often works can’t be started until Party Wall Awards are in place
A GREAT PLACE TO START IS AT GRAND DESIGNS
- Visit Grand Designs Live – there are masses of innovative products and suppliers, great deals, new contacts, seminars and an opportunity to ask experts for free advice.
- Take your drawings to the show, this allows others to quickly visualize and understand your project.
- Plan your day, work out who you would really benefit from speaking too, this may be a manufacturer, a potential supplier or a service provider.
CAN WE HELP YOU WITH YOUR PROJECT?
Steele-Perkins are experienced at leading building projects through the maze of requirements at all stages. We help individuals, property investors, developers and self-builders with projects that range in size, complexity and location.
If you have a building project that you think you would benefit from professional project management then we can help you at any stage of the process.
If you are heading to Grand Designs, have a great day and come and say hello at the Ask an Expert area.
I look forward to connecting with you,
Oliver Steele-Perkins – 07976 339 339