The client needed us to create an additional phase of the overall build consisting of nine business units, with the vision of renting and selling the units for commercial development. These additional business units were to be formed following the construction of previous units which were built before the procurement of this contract. We were appointed for this project due to our successful involvement in the construction of units one to six and Suffolk Coastal District Council Offices.
Our team was commissioned to carry out the roles of Contract Administrator and Quantity Surveyor for RIBA stages 4-6.
The works involved within stage 4 included competitively tendering the project, issuing the tender documents and completing value engineering to make sure the client was happy with any proposed changes made by the contractor. Although the Section 106 works were not covered in the original contract, we assisted in this area which led to the project’s success.
The stage 5 works we provided included leading monthly progress meetings, issuing necessary instructions and carrying out design checks on the mechanical and electrical services. We worked closely with the client and contractor to check valuations and variations to the contract. This ensured all changes arising from the sale/rental of the units by the purchasers/tenants were included efficiently into the project. Our services were called for part-way through the previous build phase. To reduce variations, we ensured pricing documents were specific for the second phase and helped the client take lessons learnt forward.
We met our client’s brief and helped them to competitively tender the project to ensure the best value was achieved.
Continuous communication (via telephone and monthly meetings) allowed us to support the client on a learning curve to help them gain a stronger understanding of the construction process.