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Using Chartered Building Surveyors for confidence and reliability

Adrian J Singleton Limited will always ensure that you are provided with the best advice by taking care to understand your construction requirements from the outset and we will tailor our services precisely to your needs. Our chartered building surveyors cover Essex, London and all counties and regions throughout the UK.  Adrian J Singleton Limited can provide all the necessary services handling all construction stages, which include -

Preparation

Everything depends on a good plan, including a good description of what the client wants and how it can be achieved.  We review initial requirements and develop the brief with you.  We adopt modern project management practice, such as PRINCE2 and will set up a project specific process to enable intelligent review, approval and variation procedures to ensure you are kept fully aware of what the project outcome will be relative to your original and evolving intent.

We can undertake or obtain all necessary surveys and investigations and can coordinate the entire project team, since some projects will need the specialist services of an interior designer, an architect or perhaps a building services engineer. Let Adrian J Singleton Limited take care of sourcing these specialists for you, giving you the chance to select alternatives on the basis of experience and cost. 

For all construction projects except those undertaken for a domestic client on their own home, clients must make an appointment under the Construction Design and Management Regulations of a CDM-Coordinator (commonly known as the 'CDMC') at the outset of the project.  This is to ensure that safety is considered at every stage of the design until the Principal contractor is appointed and construction commences.

At Adrian J Singleton Limited we do not charge clients additional fees for undertaking the role of CDMC when we are appointed as the lead or principal consultant as we have sufficient experience and expertise to integrate the function of CDMC into our project leading role.  Therefore, when you appoint Adrian J Singleton Limited to take the project from conception onward, you will be fully compliant with the Construction Design and Management Regulations and given all the appropriate advice and guidance needed to remain compliant with these important provisions throughout the life-cycle of the project and its end products.

Design

Good design requires an appreciation of the technical requirements and quality standards that need to be imposed.  Design is not simply the drawings nor even the specification, but these are fundamental parts.  Design also needs to take account of the manner in which things can be built and maintained, the type of contract used and of course, compliance with all statutory requirements.  The most obvious of these being planning and building regulations, but may also include other licenses and consents.  You may also need to give notice to adjoining owners under the Party Wall Etc Act 1996, for which Adrian J Singleton Limited can act as Party Wall Act Surveyors on your behalf. 

Since these design aspects are now part of the Construction Design and Management Regulations, as both the lead consultant and the CDMC, Adrian J Singleton Limited will constantly monitor its own work and that of any associated designers to ensure that everything is being designed with safety in mind but is still meeting the project objectives and the budget.  This is a significant innovation by Adrian J Singleton Limited as many standalone project managers, architects and other chartered surveyors do not usually also undertake the CDMC function so clients en up paying for a separate appointment.  This is an expensive luxury when the law implies that CDMC has to be involved in all design team meetings and in practice the CDMC typically only has a small regulatory role in such meetings.  It is cost-effective to have a competent CDMC in the form of the lead consultant.

Pre-Construction

The selection of suitable constructors and suppliers can be vital to the cost and efficiency of the building work, and the selection and tendering process needs to be carefully considered to suit the form of contract and the timescale for the whole of the works.  Once contractors have offered their prices and timescales, a careful check is needed to ensure that no mistakes or misunderstandings have arisen.  If competing contractors appear to have very different ideas about what the work will entail there may be an issue that needs to be reconsidered.  Even the best specifications and drawings are only a forecast of what is required and it may be that a contractor has identified a potential problem and it would be foolish to ignore that at the very point when the full commitment to the works is requested of the client.

Again the Construction Design and Management Regulations step in; this time to oblige the client to appoint a contractor with the appropriate competency to carry out the work safely and to ensure that sufficient resources (time and money) are available to the contractor.  Once again, Adrian J Singleton Limited's approach saves time and money as the pre-selection criteria for contractors will automatically include consideration of health and safety issues in the actual project design and the qualities required of tendering contractors. 

Construction

Often during construction, the design used to commission the work needs development and detailing as part of the construction process.  Checks need to be made on these developments to ensure they meet with the overall objectives of the project.  This is a natural function in any project and under the Construction Design and Management Regulations there is a need for such design to be under the watchful eye of the CDMC.  When projects operate with an independent CDMC it requires vigorous administrative procedures and supervision to ensure that the CDMC is notified of all design changes and has the power to request changes.  When the CDMC is also the lead consultant, the regulatory procedures are embedded and add little cost overhead to the project.

Inspection of the works and particularly of the quality controls that are referred to in the specification documents is an essential part of management.  This can be achieved by regular inspections or, on larger projects, by having a resident inspector on site to monitor work and report any discrepancies.  Since health and safety management on the construction site is regulated by the principal contractor the CDMC has no authority over the construction work itself, but the client needs to be informed of any dangerous variation or deviation from good practice as the client is ultimately responsible for the safety of the workforce constructing its project.  The combination of the lead consultant with the CDMC again pays dividends as the monitoring role undertaken by the lead consultant who is fully aware of the safety principles applied from the outset to the project is best suited to report any such deviation.

Financial control is vital, since work will proceed at various rates depending on the types of operations being undertaken, and expenditure may be erratic and certainly needs to be checked off at regular intervals to ensure that the contractor is paid for work he has done, and is not paid for work not yet complete, since if the contractor should fail, the client still needs to pay someone else to come in and finish the tasks.  Also, if the contractor made provisions for safety equipment or specialist procedures as part of the works but then does not apply them, the client may have the right to withhold the payment for these items.

Use

At a certain point the construction work can be deemed to be practically complete.  This is a vital term in building contracts because it is the period after which retentions are reduced and liability for ordinary defects will be set for a defined period after this point.  Also, the CDMC has the final role of ensuring that the client is provided with a Health and Safety File comprising key information from the design stage and relevant information from the construction stage to ensure that the building can be safely operated, maintained and altered or removed at a later date.  Once again the integrated approach taken by Adrian J Singleton Limited to the CDMC function makes this an easily achieved conclusion to any project.

 

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