The Critical Path
A successful project, whether it is a small-scale operation such as a house extension or a major building programme, depends upon the project team following a logical and well-considered critical path. This starts with initial discussions, briefing and information gathering and ends with the final decorations and finishes touches to the furniture and furnishings etc. The critical path follows these sequential work stages.
Stage 1 – Project inception
Formulation of the client brief, advising on time-scales, likely building costs, local authority statutory conditions, the need to engage specialist consultants / formation of the project team.
Stage 2 – Concept design
Preparation of outline design proposals in response to the client’s brief. Preparation of a comprehensive and all-inclusive budget plan. Preparation of a proposed programme identifying all anticipated time-scales.
Stage 3 – Design development
Developing the design scheme to a more detailed level: preparing a set of drawings, diagrams and all relevant documentation in order to make a planning application. Reviewing of a project budget and programme. Monitoring of the planning application through to the local authority’s determination
Stage 4 – Technical design
Liaising with structural engineers and any other specialist consultants. Preparation of a full set of detailed construction drawings, diagrams, specifications, schedules etc. in order to facilitate a ‘contract tender’ or ‘a ‘contract negotiation process’. Submission of all relevant technical information to the local authority for ‘Building Regulations Approval’.
Stage 5 – Construction phase
Liaising with the structural engineers and all other relevant specialist consultants and to generally prepare the project for the building works to commence on site. Preparation of contract documentation. Agreeing the building works programme with the contractor and all nominated sub-contractors. General administration and over-seeing of the building works on a regular basis throughout the ‘construction phase’. Generally monitoring the progress of the building works and reporting back to the clients on all relevant matter. Including regular cost updates.
Stage 6 – Project completion
Overseeing the final stages of the building and fitting-out works. Liaising with the clients, building contractors, specialist sub-contractors and suppliers. Arranging and ‘hand-over’ of the completed scheme to the clients for their beneficial occupation. Identifying any latent defects and instructing the building contractor to carry-out any remedial works that may be necessary.
Resolving the final building costs and agreeing these costs with both client and contractor.
Stage 7 – Post contract monitoring
When a project is completed and the client is in occupation, we sometimes are asked to monitor the performance of the building and to advise on any further modifications and minor adjustments. in these instances, we are happy to assist in the post contract evaluation of the project.
Teamwork is an important aspect of our work and is the way we approach our building projects. In the first instance, we join forces with our clients and so the team is that is architect and client. Further down the line we are joined structural engineers, party wall surveyors, building contractors / suppliers. The team enlarges as the project progresses.
We strongly endorse the attitudes of teamwork and we make every effort to ensure that any party who joins the team plays their part to the full and contributes positively to the success of the project. In this respect, we only work with people who share our values.