After the design stage is perfected, the planning has been approved and the building regulation drawings are completed, the project is then ready to be done. There is still a great deal to prepare, so at CK Architectural Leeds we offer a full Project Management Service. We will oversee the whole project from start to finish, ultimately taking away the stress of finding a trusted builder to suit your needs and budget.
Project Management can bring many benefits to your build which include saving you time, stress and money. We can achieve this as we bring to the project:
- Our expertise and experience
- Become a single point of contact for the build.
- Improve the efficiency of the project
- Ensure good communication throughout the project
- Control costs, programme and quality.
A project manager will put the project out to tender and will save you more money. You will be updated throughout the progress with regular updates on progress and costings, working with us rather than the builder, so nothing is left to interpretation, and we will control the payments after checking agreed stages and standards have been reached. Efficiency all managed by one company.
We will define the scope of the project in collaboration with you to identify sequences the activities needed to successfully complete the project and then create a detailed work plan. We will then determine the resources (time, money, equipment, etc.) required to complete the project and develop a schedule for completion that effectively allocates resources and activities. A review of the project schedule will be conducted with you and the contractors and the schedule revised as required. The objectives and measures upon which the project will be evaluated at its completion will also be determined.
THE MAIN GOALS OF PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Ensure required compliances
Once the project has achieved planning and building regulations approval then Project Management role can start. We can start this role whether your planning / building regulation drawings were completed by ourselves or by another company. Delivery of the agreed programme cost and quality to the agreed scope of works are vital to a successful project we ensure that with each project we provide the following items which assists in achieving the objectives.
As well as supplying the technical / building regulation drawings we also include detailed schematic drawing showing light switches, lights, sockets, radiators etc. This will help avoid any guess work on the requirements at the pricing and building stages.
SCHEDULE OF WORKS
We will issue the builder with a schedule which describes the agreed scope pf works. This is to ensure the builder prices for the exact work that is required. The schedule will includes a list outlining the required works through to excavation, to final decoration. It also includes items such as floor finishes, kitchen and bathroom fixtures. We find this schedule allows people to clearly highlight to the builder items they do not want to be priced as they feel they can do the work themselves or know someone who can provide the works at a more competitive rate. This fundamentally applies to final finished items such a decoration; floor finishes and kitchen supply / install.
Tendering is the process where we will issue your drawings to 3 or 4 of our approved builders to ensure you get the best price at the right quality. We make sure the builders have the detailed drawings along with the project brief as well as any other vital information. Once the builders provide us with their tender prices we will review and report back to the client. The client will then make their own decision based on the information.
We will form a building contract that ensures all the duties and obligations between the client and the builder have been legally recorded. The building contract will give both parties legal protection if any of these items are not met throughout the project. The contract will include the final costed drawings, schedules and the builder’s quotation. It will also cover payment schedule, builder’s insurance and agreement of working conditions whilst they are on site i.e. starting times, use of client’s water, etc. We will host a pre-start meeting which includes signing of the contracts by both parties and an introduction to the project to ensure all parties understand their obligations under the contract. We currently use the industry standard JCT suite of contracts.
Throughout the project management we will visit the site each week and report progress back to the client. This ensures work on site are progressing as per the agreed programme and costs.
We will also ensure the quality and the build details are progressing as per the drawings. Every second week we host a meeting on site and we invite the builder and client to be present which allows progress to the discussed and any issues which need resolving can be done. Following each site visit we produce a report on the project which includes checkpoints such as review against programme, report of build variations which may have cost implications and report on all statutory issues i.e. planning, building regulations, party wall issues etc. Our site visits are arranged to ensure the builder has constant discussions with ourselves which ensures the works are built as per the signed-off drawings ensuring the client’s expectations are met.
The complete project management role is ensuring your property is handed back to you and is ready for use. To ensure the build is complete we coordinate the handover process checking all the statutory requirements have been fulfilled and signed-off, check receipt of all required test certificates, inspect the build to make sure it is as per the drawings and specifications and if not issue a snagging list which identify the items be rectified.
Our fee for project management is based upon time during the project but as guidance it is approximately 5% of the build cost.
LOOK AT SOME OF OUR RECENTLY COMPLETED PROJECTS IN LEEDS, WEST YORKSHIRE
Description: Dormer Loft Conversion and sine Storey rear extension with internal alterations
Cost: £60k – £70k
Description: Double Storey Garage Conversion
Cost: £80k – £90k