Getting it built
Sometimes clients decide they’d like to manage their building project themselves and that’s fine, we’ll happily hand over the documents and wish you well – although we do like to see some pictures once it’s finished.
Managing the contract
But there are some definite benefits to having us continue working for you in terms of better cost control, negotiating changes and identifying and managing potential claims. We’ll also receive the programme and cash flow forecast and help you make any further design decisions and understand when you’ll become liable for payments.
Taking an independent view on quality
Our role of contract administrator is an impartial one. We’ll carry out regular site visits to check on progress and quality of work, evaluating the value of the work that has been done so that we can approve stage payments. After all, you don’t want to be in a situation where you’ve made a payment of more than the value of the building at that time.
What’s more, having an independent third party on board can help reduce stressful situations and allow you to maintain a friendly working relationship with your contractor, without having to have ‘difficult’ conversations. And if the worst happens and things go seriously wrong, you’ll be glad you have us on your side.
Tying up loose ends
At the end of the project we go through a rigorous handover process. We’ll check everything has been done in accordance with the spec and whether there are any defects that need remedying. Once these are rectified, we’ll issue a certificate of practical completion and get sign off from Building Regs as well as arranging gas and electrical safety testing and handing over the building maintenance manual. Finally, we will manage any contractual defects period and arrange inspections to check and rectify any issues with the original contractor.