Our client approached us when she decided remodel and refurbish her Hertfordshire home. Her plans included creating additional accommodation for a carer over her garage and then adding an extension to integrate the new space with her existing home. Her kitchen, dining and hall spaces were updated, and a new access point was created out to the drive and garden.
As a busy working professional with mobility impairments, our client was looking for a project management company to oversee and manage her building works so she could focus on her work and social commitments.
Our role was to ensure the budget was tightly controlled, and to pay particular attention to the installation of a number of specialist design elements such as extra wide doorways, flush finishes and a stair lift. We also helped ensure that the building works were organised in such a way to have minimal day-to-day disruption for our client.
Planning is key to a good end result, and so we started working with our client in the design phase of her project. We reviewed her architectural plans and calculated a line-by-line estimate of the total cost of the building project. This created a budget which was used later to benchmark against the builder quotations. It also enabled our client to decide at this early stage what she could afford to spend on her new kitchen, and other big ticket items, and meant she could plan her finances more accurately.
The next stage was to pull together a list of potential contractors. In this instance we were looking for builders who would carry out the works to a high standard and who would commit to be very considerate onsite. Once we had a shortlist, we then created a schedule of works and organised a competitive tender for the works. After meeting with the builders, dealing with any queries and chasing the tender returns, we then checked and analysed the submissions. Together with the client we chose the most suitable contractor, and then drew up the JCT building contract and appointed the build team. Once onsite, one of our project managers, Alistair Stewart, project managed the build in the role of Contract Administrator. Our Quantity Surveying team also helped our client keep track of her expenditure throughout the project by issuing monthly cost reports.
This home adaptation project illustrates perfectly how good architectural design and excellent project planning can ensure that practical considerations such as wider doorways and stair lifts can be integrated seamlessly into accessible homes, to create truly beautiful living spaces.
CLPM Services used by our client:-
Budget estimating services, competitive tender and contractor appointment, Contract administration role with main contractor. Monthly Cost Reporting.
If I hadn’t had my CLPM project manager, Alistair, there helping manage my budget, checking and querying variances etc. the build would have been difficult, and I would have spent more. My project manager definitely saved me money in the end – so CLPM were a wise investment.
Ms F, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire