When undertaking a major project the entire global aspects of the project
can appear to be extremely daunting. However once the project is broken
down into stages and these stages further broke down and simplified,
the "road map" and decision making soon becomes much clearer,
opening up a methodical objective decision making process.
Consider the following heading in evaluating and deciding on your project
Consider project and it's viability in relation to location, cost and
achieving end goal.
Wright down your main objectives, evaluate them and identify your goals
Consider possible budgets or budget restrictions
Tender and appoint Architect.
Seek Architects advise on any further appointment for the Design team
and at what stages this should be finalised.
Rather than jumping head first into a project you should carry out a
feasibility study on your proposal and evaluate the results of this
prior to committing yourself to proceeding. The study should include
elements of a b & c below.
Outline Proposal- Scheme Design
Design scheme layout to identify achievable sq. footage for development,
and how all ancillary facilities car parking, drainage disposal etc
can be efficiently designed into the scheme taking account of development
guidelines for the area
After approval of scheme design/feasibility study a detail design identifying
more accurately layouts, elevations etc is prepared, sometimes in conjunction
with other consultant engineers who will have a detailed input at a
Documents required include detailed design drawings, site surveys and
site layouts showing surrounding developments etc. All information as
requested on application form plus any other unsolicited information
deemed relative to the development.
Research the materials and finishes available, and identify those best
suited to your project taking into account, method of construction,
cost and finishes and image that are intended to be projected
Bill Of Quantities
Projects regardless of size will require some type of cost management.
This on small projects can be kept to a simple form, and on larger projects
involve a full priced Bill of Quantities which firstly ensures that
client is aware of projected costs prior to tender action therefore
can review project and materials to accommodate budget prior to inviting
for tender. The Bill of Quantities also give accurate cost management
during construction of project.
Having established every aspect of design, material uses and finishes
of the project the Architect invites for competitive tenders from suitable
contractors, examines tender and tenderer to ensure that all details
are include and that tenderer is reputable and capable
The Architect is your project administrator and ensures that design
team is informed and up to date, health and safety aspects are in place,
Clerk of works, supervision, inspection methods, monitoring and regular
meetings are sufficient to properly coordinate the project.
Operations On Site
The design team closely coordinate with the supervision staff on site
to ensure that the scope of the works, materials in use and workmanship
are all to the required standard and programmes for completion are being
adhered to etc
Procedures at completions include final inspections & snag lists,
Certifications, Final accounts and issuing of final certifications
Handing over of all relevant job records, "As built" drawings