Whether you are operating in social housing, schools, further/higher education, or the NHS, the delivery of value for money, cost effective solutions on your construction projects is paramount. We will identify and address your challenges and deliver effective, bespoke solutions. Combining client-side experience with our technical expertise, our professionals help you to deliver cleaner, greener, safer buildings.
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For any construction project to be successful, effective management processes, consistent governance and clear communication is vital. Our Project Manager’s ensure that projects are managed to agreed time frames and within budget, helping customers achieve key milestones and ensure the success of the project.
Our Project Management services include :
• Programme advice/management.
• Establishing formal communications protocol.
• Scoping of works, including challenging/developing the project brief to ensure the right project is being selected.
• Option appraisal processes, including leading in the preparation and approval of Business Cases.
• Strategic capital planning.
• Preparation of Funding Bids e.g., Improvement Grant Forms (IG1), Condition Grants Funding, Project Information Documents (PID) and Estates and Technology Transformation Fund (ETTF) bids.
• Stakeholder engagement.
• Risk management; and
• Fund Monitoring/Independent Project Overview Reports.
Managing the different aspects of a project – simple or complex – needs focus and leadership in order to ensure that all the different parts of the project come together. Our experienced, qualified staff have the skills to deliver your projects to time and budget.
Risk is an uncertain event that may have an impact on the project.
We will identify risk through a series of risk workshops and agree the most effective plan to deal with each risk to mitigate the impact on the overall project.
Our Building Surveyors, provide professional advice on property and construction matters, ranging from complex structures to modest adaptations and repairs. We complete detailed reports, identifying defects and provide advice on repair, maintenance and restoration options on a range of projects including within existing buildings, buildings of architectural or historical importance and the development of new builds.
Our Building Surveyors also provide advice on preventative measures to keep buildings in good condition, and in line with our net zero and decarbonisation obligations will look for ways to make buildings more sustainable.
Additional tasks may include:
• Prepare scheme designs with costings, programmes for completion of projects and specification of works.
• Determine the condition of existing buildings, identify and analyse defects, including proposals for repair.
• Instruct on the preservation/ conservation of historic buildings.
• Deal with planning applications and advise on property legislation and building regulations.
• Instruct on construction design and management regulations.
• Carry out feasibility studies.
• Advise on boundary and ‘right to light’ disputes and party wall procedures.
• Organise documents for tender and advise on appointing contractors, designers and procurement routes.
• Advise on energy efficiency, environmental impact and sustainable construction.
• Assess and design buildings to meet the needs of people with disabilities.
• Negotiate dilapidations (when there is a legal liability for a property’s state of disrepair).
• Advise on the health and safety aspects of buildings.
• Prepare insurance assessments and claims.
Quantity Surveying/Cost Advisor
Successful projects require a great deal of financial forecasting to better understand the true costs of the proposed build.
Our Quantity Surveyors and Cost Advisors provide advice on all financial and contractual aspects of a project, from start to finish, considering procurement, materials costs, labour and whole life cost planning, reporting back to clients during the project to allow informed decision making to take place.
The Quantity Surveying services we provide include:• Cost planning
• Cost control
• Procurement advice
• Tender documentation
• Whole life costing
• Business case costing
Our procurement input can help our customers achieve a sound commercial outcome that works using simple and cost-effective processes. You will lead, manage and deliver all property related procurement activity, and work alongside your in-house procurement teams providing guidance and advisory support.
Net Zero and Low Carbon Services
Clients are increasingly needing to understand the energy and net zero challenges they face across their property portfolio. How they can address the challenges of fuel poverty in our communities, how they can meet the net zero targets by 2050, how they support the emerging green economy and how they improve the comfort, health and well-being of their customers are all questions to be answered.
We will identify the most appropriate low carbon, affordable solutions to retrofit existing properties to achieve EPC rating ‘C’ and above – both domestic and commercial – through retrofit assessments and coordination will need to be assessed and delivered in the most cost-effective way.
The Projects team can assist in a number of ways –
• Assist in managing and carrying out the required retrofit assessments to the properties, including desk-top and on-site.
• Support in analysing the data from the whole property assessment.
• Review the viability/suitability and feasibility of any proposals and options – assessing fabric first, worst first and lowest regret options.
• Lead on, providing support and advise in respect of funding applications, e.g., Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund, Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, etc.
• Cost and budget advice for the delivery of decarbonised properties.
• Supporting the procurement process by providing strategic and practical advice, compiling tender and contract documents, assessing tender submissions and compiling tender reports to ensure value for money.
• Facilitate workshops to discuss BREEAM, zero carbon solutions, value engineering and risk management.
• Manage and coordinate programme activities, including those of the design team and other consultants.
• Project manage the works on site to ensure successful delivery.
• Provide cost management and cost monitoring services to keep budgets under control.
• Provide Principal Designer services and health & safety support on site.
• Technical monitoring of the works carried out to ensure compliance and value for money.
• Technical support, advice, and financial benchmarking of suitable low-carbon technologies.
Building Safety and keeping people safe in their own homes is paramount. The Building Safety Act 2022 has now passed into law, making the Accountable Person responsible for maintaining safe buildings.
Delivering cost-effective fire safety solutions to existing properties – both domestic and commercial – work identified through a Fire Risk Assessment, Fire Door Audit or compartmentation survey needs to be assessed, managed and delivered in the most cost-effective way.
The projects team can assist in a number of ways –• Assist in managing and carrying out the required Fire Risk Assessments and Surveys to the properties
• Provide cost and budget advice for the delivery of the required remedial works
• Review the viability/suitability and feasibility of any proposals and options identified in the surveys and assessments in relation to individual or groups of properties
• We can support with the application for, and the delivery of, works carried out under the Building Safety Fund (where work is still required)
• Supporting the procurement process by providing strategic and practical advice, compiling tender and contract documents, assessing tender submissions and compiling tender reports to ensure value for money
• Facilitate workshops to discuss delivery methods, value engineering and risk management
• Manage and coordinate programme activities, including those of the design team and other consultants
• Project manage the works on site to ensure successful delivery
• Provide cost management and cost monitoring services to keep budgets under control
• Provide Principal Designer services and health & safety support on site
What is the Building Safety Act 2022?
The Building Safety Act aims to make people safer and feel safer in high rise residential buildings. The Act is a response to the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in 2017, the horrific scenes that took place were a direct result of the serious failing of the building and the management of the properties. The Act aims to ensure that there is accountability throughout the sector, to ensure that those responsible for the safety of high-risk buildings and their occupants are doing what they need to, and that for any mistakes, they are held accountable and made to put them right.
When will the Building Safety Act become law?
The Building Safety Act has been approved by parliament and has received Royal Assent in April 2022, so is now law. However the various requirements will come into effect over the next 12-18 months. It is anticipated that the main duties and obligations for occupied buildings will take effect during 2023.
Who is the Building Safety Regulator?
The Building Safety Regulator is the governing body who has been given powers to enforce the rules set out in the Building Safety Act and to take action against those who break them. The Regulator will also implement and oversee a new set of more stringent rules for high rise properties, including how they are designed, constructed, and occupied. The introduction of the Building Safety Regulator shows a proactive, rather than reactive approach to building safety, which the sector has needed for some time.
What is a Building Safety Manager?
The Building Safety Act has introduced stronger requirements on Accountable Persons to ensure building safety risks in occupied properties are properly managed. The government had originally proposed that a prescribed role of Building Safety Manager would be created to assist the Accountable Person meet their obligations. However the government have recently decided not to require this role, and it is now for the Accountable Person to determine how they will fulfil all of their duties. Accountable Persons will still need to ensure that those who are involved in the management of building safety risks are sufficiently competent, knowledgeable, and experienced to carry out effective day-to-day identification and management of those risks.
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