Our clients, who were buy-to-let investors, had gained planning permission to build a mirror image of the property in the land to the side of it. The project was to create a new house whilst also extending and remodelling the existing premises which also needed a complete refurbishment. The plans included a double-storey side extension and a single storey rear extension combined with loft extension to create the extra space.
A local estate agent, with whom we have a good working relationship, had initially introduced us to the client. Unfortunately, they had experienced problems in getting the build started.
The project had complicated issues relating to Thames Water drainage pipes and storm culverts which ran within the gardens of the property but which had not been properly mapped by the Water Authority. He was at the point of selling rather than re-developing when we explained how we might organise and oversee the construction works for him.
Problems of this type are not uncommon, so we were quickly able to find a solution for our clients. We drew up a plan of action and worked with the relevant authorities and the architect to produce a workable solution. This involved coordinating the design of specialist foundations and getting them approved as quickly as we could, before moving on to the construction works.
Once the drainage issues were resolved, we then carried out a design review. A design review involves checking the architectural designs, structural engineers drawings and specifications are all sufficiently detailed, correct and consistent. Once this was completed we then began looking for a build team.
We usually recommend our clients do this by carrying our a competitive tender as this is the best way to protect their financial interests. Our Quantity Surveying team drew together the tender packs and then met with and briefed a selection of suitable local builders. We then managed the tender process and analysed the returns before preparing the building contracts and going on to oversee the construction works in the role of Contract Administrator.
After a slow start the construction works went very smoothly. Our clients subsequently let both properties and this enabled him to invest in a further new build project for his portfolio.
CLPM Services used by our client:-
Design Review. Tender Management and Analysis. Builder Appointment and Contracts. Contract Administration role with main contractor with site inspection.
It’s not unusual to come across complex construction issues with projects of this nature, and that’s why it makes sense to appoint an experienced independent project manager as part of your team. Between us the CLPM team have over 200 years of construction experience to draw upon – so there’s rarely a situation we haven’t encountered!