At what point do we involve you..?
We would recommend that you appoint us as the Project Manager and as such we should be appointed first.
People I know appoint the architect first...why is that..?
It is not uncommon to appoint the architect first. The problem with this approach in some cases is that an unsuitable architect is appointed which results in an unsatisfactory design. Many of our customers come to us after they have spent thousands of pounds on design fees and are left with the design of a building that they are not happy with.
Architects are not Cost Consultants and so it is not uncommon that the final design exceeds the clients budget. This results in lengthy delays and often customers have more design fees to pay
We work with many architects throughout the UK and so we are able to recommend architects who specialise in the type of building you want. We also work with the architect to prepare the specification and we will advise on cost as the design progresses.
So, appointing us first will improve your chances of getting the building you want and at the price you are happy with.
Who appoints the builder..?
Once the architect has completed the design and planning approval has been obtained we will prepare the tender documents and send them to several suitable Building Contractors for pricing. When the tenders are returned we will compare them and undertake interviews with the contractors who are under consideration.
Once a contractor has been appointed our Specialist Construction Lawyers will prepare the contract documents for signing by both parties.
And what about during the build phase..?
We will agree a monthly cost throughout the build phase for us to act as Contract Administrators and Quantity Surveyors. This involves us attending site on an agreed regular basis, managing any variations and agreeing valuations with the Building Contractor.
We will help you with choices you have to make and we will keep you abreast of the effect on cost of any changes that are made.
When the project is complete we will ensure that the building is handed over to a very high standard and we will manage the Defects Liability Period.