Project Management

Our panel of project managers offers tailored professional services to assist clients in overseeing the process of design, planning, procurement, and construction for both residential and commercial property.

Project Management

About the service

Our panel of project managers provides customised services to help clients manage the design, planning, purchase and building processes for both residential and commercial properties.

The goal is to define and manage the project scope, timescale, and costs associated with proposed works such as:

  • Refurbishment and repair
  • Extensions, conversions and alterations
  • Reinstatement (due to damage from fire, water, adverse weather, etc.)
  • Major works and construction such as basement builds

Every project is distinct so and so the project manager needs to grasp the client objectives and determine the feasibility of their requirements. Collaborating closely enables a good understanding of the tasks and how to complete them. The process ordinarily involves the following steps:

  1. Feasibility: assessment and preparation and this includes taking into account building condition.
  2. Design: collaboration with architects.
  3. Planning & Building Control: making the relevant applications.
  4. Other Statutory: reviewing and advising on other statutory obligations, HMO licence, such as party wall, health and safety obligations, etc.
  5. Engineering: engagement and liaison with structural engineers.
  6. Project File: preparing a schedule of works, specifications, etc.
  7. List of Contractors: forming a tender list.
  8. Tender Packages: inviting contractors and specialists to tender.
  9. Tender Review: analyse and query the tenders submitted before compiling a tender report.
  10. Pre-contract meeting: check the programme of works, including start and completion dates, setup of site, protocols on communication, stage payments, etc.
  11. Contract: prepare a standard form of contract (e.g. JCT).
  12. Inspections: check the works regularly and chair meetings on-site whilst monitoring the cost and quality of the project.
  13. Contract administration: value the works at intervals, organise interim payments, certify different stages of completion, agree any variations to the original scope of works, etc.
  14. Handover: reviewing the final account, certifying final completion.
  15. Rectification period: following-up on any outstanding defects such as snagging.

To ensure a project’s success you will need effective team leadership with a blend of expertise and hands-on experience. Feel free to reach out to us if you're gearing up for a project. Chat about your ideas with our team and we can provide some guidance via the project managers.

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need a licence to alter?

When undertaking construction work such as adding extensions, converting lofts, or transforming basements in a rented place, it's usually necessary to get approval from the landlord. Such projects might attract attention from a valuation perspective and potentially resulting in the landlord asking for a premium. A situation where a licence to make alterations is probably needed includes:

  • Loadbearing Wall Removal or New Openings: any structural modifications including the creation of new rooms/dwellings.
  • Chimney Breast Removal: this may also impact on the property’s structural integrity and carry the risk of a chimney stack falling through if not properly supported underneath.
  • Window changes: this includes changes in size, style, or materials.
  • Soft Floor to Hard Flooring: transitioning from carpet to wood flooring, for example, may have structural implications as well as aesthetic.
  • Bathrooms/WCs: adding extra bathrooms or water closet facilities will involve plumbing and perhaps structural adjustments.

In the above scenarios, you would seek the landlord’s approval in order to adhere to lease terms and avoid complications. The landlord might impose limitations as well.

What details should I provide?

You would ordinarily have the following to hand: engineering blueprints, structural calculations, insurance coverage, health and safety records and compliance with the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM). Commercial projects usually require extra information.

Is a party wall agreement necessary?

Although the landlord might require a notice followed by an award, a licence to alter (LTA) is generally sufficient.