Our mindset is to add value to a project from pre-construction through to project delivery by adopting the following seven-point plan.
These principles are a culmination of over 30 years in the industry, and are regularly appraised against changing trends and international benchmarks.
How we do it
The best time to start thinking about the building services requirements of your project, is at the same time as your outline brief is being developed. The MEP scope is usually the largest package after construction, up to 25% of total cost on some projects, so getting this right from the outset should be near the top of your list of critical factors.
Speaking to us at this early stage means we can provide a Strategic Analysis of your initial brief and budget estimate, and advise on potential related risks across the entire plan of work.
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Once appointed, we will work closely with the construction consultants and MEP design team to define the Project Brief. This will involve an indepth study of the client objectives and planned demands on the building services.
Our input on the Project Brief will include:
- Site Evaluation
- Feasibility Studies
- Design Drawings & Specification
- Order of Magnitude Costs
- Procurement Plan
- Innovative Technologies
- Project Programme
- Project Execution Plan
CONCEPT & BUDGET
Where design responsibility needs to be maintained, we actively participate in workshops and provide input in areas such as technical, sustainability, cost and buildability.
From our extensive experience we have a significant amount of cost data across a wide range of sectors and geographic locations.
Combine this with our resources, knowledge and insights and we can provide a detailed evaluation from an engineering perspective and complete a detailed measurement and cost for the project.
This allows us to prove value for money at an early stage which we can guarantee forms the key to the development of the MEP cost.
DESIGN & COST
Having established a target cost, the path becomes clearer.
If the system performance and design intent has been sufficiently identified, we have the experience and skillset to take ownership of the design and carry it through to the construction and implementation.
It is important to stress that during this phase cost models are continuously updated to reflect the status of the design. Without these updates it is difficult to gauge on whether value for money is being achieved.
The benefits from our early engagement flows through the design development stages, and as we build a knowledge of the project requirements we will guarantee the cost of the MEP works from Stage 4 onwards.
As soon as the design & cost review process is completed our construction team issue a project schedule or programme. Critical path factors and procurement requirements are identified
Our supply chain procurement schedules will issue simultaneously when final scope is clarified.
At this stage our construction delivery team are fully in place and engaged, working alongside our pre-construction team. This allows us to hit the ground running and ensure meaningful coordination of the MEP works with ongoing QA/QC reviews, all while maintaining the maximum efficiencies of the construction programme.
We issue regular project reports advising on procurement, supply chain performance, design status, financial and critical factors to ensure all stakeholders stay informed.
Always with one eye on the commissioning requirements we will develop a Commissioning Plan from the beginning. This plan starts with the preparation of commissioning scripts per system so we can get the agreed buy in from all project stakeholders.
This follows through with detailed system commissioning work plans. We also set out the validation and handover processes so everyone knows what to expect.
Following handover, our contract is still active for a further 12 months. To ensure the building is used, operated and maintained efficiently, during this time we:
- Undertake reviews of Building Services Performance
- Undertake seasonal Commissioning
- Rectify defects
- Undertake Post Occupancy Evaluation of building performance in use
- Verify Project Outcomes including Sustainability Outcomes