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 structional engineers and all other relevant specialist consultants and 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 contratct evaluation of the project.