Over the years we have supported a number of clients who are combining a renovations with improving the accessibility of their homes. This project shows how it is possible to make these changes without sacrificing style and design.
We started working with our clients after their architects, Neu Architects of London, recommended our services to them. Our clients owned a ground floor and basement flat and the project involved adding a ground floor side extension. The aim of the work was to increase the size of and future-proof their home by improving the flexibility of the space as well as giving better access to the garden. A new bathroom with a wheel-in/walk-in shower area was also installed.
As a busy couple approaching retirement age, our clients were keen to use a project management company to plug the gaps in their expertise and give them the security of expert oversight and support their building project. Our role was to help coordinate and facilitate the build, keep a control of the project building costs from the design stage and then find and appoint a build team before overseeing the construction works once onsite. As the project involved construction up to the next door church buildings we also helped our clients liaise with additional 3rd parties such as the diocese, occupational therapists and structural engineers.
As is not uncommon with many projects, our client’s budget had been stretched throughout the design phase. Our first job was therefore to help them understand the likely costs of building their design by drawing up a estimate. This document gives a detailed view on the cost of building the fabric of the extension, and as well the costs of fitting it out as per the architectural designs. This is a powerful and accurate tool which our clients use to make their financial decisions, whether that is confirming the funds required to carry out the works or trimming costs from design or the specifications prior to talking to builders.
The next stage was to find and appoint a build team. This is generally done by drawing up a shortlist of suitable local contractors with the client and their architects. In this case we used the client’s designs to prepare the tender packs and organised a competitive tender on their behalf. This involved meeting and briefing with the builders, dealing with any queries and checking and analysing the returns. We then went on to prepare the building contracts and appointed the build team.
Once onsite one of our project manager, Alistair Stewart, acted as Contract Administrator for the build. This involved regular visit to inspect and value the works, liaise with the build team and deal with any issues. Our head office Quantity Surveying team helped monitor and report the variations to the client.
This West London flat renovation illustrates beautifully how it’s possible to combine stunning architecture with accessible design.
CLPM Services used by our clients:
Design Review, Budget, Tender, Builder Appointment and Contract Administration.
It was worth spending money on proper expert project management. Even for a relatively small domestic project, having project management support has been worth its weight in gold. Alistair is very diplomatic, firm but gets the job done and works with the builders in a firm but nice way. He really understands the building process and the materials, which has been invaluable. He has been brilliant with the strategy as well as practical elements and even gave us a bit of decorating advice! I would’t hesitate to recommend CLPM’s services.
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