January 13, 2015The Process of a construction project
In the last post we discussed what you could expect from an Architect/Technologist, now though we
will elaborate on this and discuss the stages in a construction project from the initial concept
through to the end result.
Tackling a construction project fills many people with trepidation, making them nervous, sometimes this
may be down to ‘Horror stories’ that they have seen on TV or read somewhere.
The truth is though that in the vast majority of cases it is very rewarding to see what was
once just a vision in your head transformed into something tangible.
This is when it really does pay to have a good Architect/technologist on board, they can guide you
through the process step by step, helping you avoid the pitfalls.
So where does this process start?
Lets say you have decided that you want to build a two storey extension, you have decided
what architectural firm/Architect that you will employ in Aberdeen or Dundee for example.
the process is logical and clear, the first stage consists of
try to have a clear brief, this is the best way of conveying to the Architect/Technician
what you want from your project, what your vision is.
A good Architect/Technician will help you refine your initial brief to make the most of your hard earned cash!
this step is generally followed by a feasability study, to look at whether the initial brief is achevieable.
a very important part of the brief is the budget, there is little point in the Architect/Technician
designing a magnificently expensive addition when the budget simply wouldnt allow for something so elaborate.
After working with the client and listening to what they want from the project the Architect/Technician
will offer 2 or 3 alternative designs to the client that fit the brief, the Architect/Technician
will do this in the form of a series of 3d sketches, 2d drawings and perhaps computer renderings.
when you have agreed with your Architect/Technician the concept design that is right for you, the concept
will be further developed and refined with the budget in mind.
Your Architect/Technician is best placed to advise whether you require planning permission or not
(if there is any doubt contact the local planning authority to confirm this) If planning is required
then your Architect/Technician will submitt appropriate planning drawings and specification to the local authority
in order to gain statutory approval, once this has been obtained the next stage of the process can move forward.
This is the stage when your Architect/Technician further evolves the drawings, to turn these into construction/tecnical drawings
in order to obtain a building warrant, this process usually involves a little to and fro in order to answer any queries that
a building standards officer might raise, once the building warrant has been obtained you are good to go!!
As previously stated in an earlier blog post there are no hard and fast rules as to what extent an Architect/Technician
can be employed by a client, indeed it is common for an Architect?Technician to be employed beyond the building warrant stage.
Choosing a Builder
for example a client may decide to engage the Architect/Technician to prepare contract documentation and full construction
drawings(containing considerably more detail) in order for Builders/Contractore to provide prices/Quotes for the works required.
An Architect/Technician will generally liase with other construction professionals that may be required for the project
such as structural engineers, quantity surveyors and the like.
- Contract administration
- In this situation the Architect/technician would be responsible for administering the construction contract between the
- client and the building contractor
- The contract administrator’s role will generally include:
- Inviting and processing tenders.
- Preparing contract documents for execution.
- Administrating change control procedures.
- Seeking instructions from the client in relation to the contract.
- Issuing instructions such as variations, or relating to prime cost sums or making good defects.
- Considering claims.
- Chairing construction progress meetings.
- Preparing and issuing construction progress reports.
- Co-ordinating and instructing site inspectors.
- Agreeing commissioning and testing procedures.
- Agreeing defects reporting procedures.
- Ensuring that project documentation is issued to the client.
- Issuing certificates of practical completion and interim certificates.
- Collating and issuing schedules of defects.
- Issuing the certificate of making good defects.
- Issuing the final certificate.
As we have seen the process follows a logical order, is tried and tested and if adhered to can work very well for the client
to produce the result that they intended.
A critical element within in this process is the budget, which we touched on a little, however in the next post
we will attempt to answer a few further questions relating to Budget such as ….
When should we discuss the Budget? What can affect the budget? How much will it really cost?
in the meantime all the best with your project