We were also responsible for making any required amendments to the design throughout and making sure the design was implemented correctly through construction. Principal Designer responsibilities were administered by our in-house CDM Advisor on behalf of the contractor to ensure the required health and safety procedures were followed throughout.
Whilst reviewing the design, our Lead Architect identified elements which did not comply with building regulations. These issues were raised by the team and subsequent adjustments were made to the design to ensure building regulations were met. For instance, the lift specification was changed part way through the programme leading to an inadequate space being left outside of the lift in accordance with building regulations. Our team undertook the necessary design adjustments, working alongside building control to ensure the specified lift would meet their requirements. We also thoroughly reviewed the existing designs to ensure they would suit the building’s practical requirements. Some issues which were flagged included the entrance doors and roof access. By carefully co-ordinating the redesign, liaising with the client and subcontractors throughout, we were able to facilitate the required changes in a way which would suit the practicality of the building.
We also carried out a redesign to the ceiling plans to make the building compliment with the acoustic requirements. In the acoustic report which was carried out prior to construction a certain square meterage of acoustic panels had to be provided, which had not been accounted for in the original design. Therefore, we provided a redesign which ensured the necessary acoustic panels could be incorporated within the building and were co-ordinated with the air conditioning plant and exposed ceilings.
An additional requirement from the client, which we completed, was to ensure the building would achieve a rating of “very good” in the BREEAM assessment. This involved extensive co-ordination with the BREEAM Advisor on the project to understand the requirements and make sure the correct evidence could be collated.