Williams Projects has been involved with many commercial projects.
In the early 2000’s there was a boom period in the apartment market with a number being constructed concurrently. What was evident was the lack of skill in planning these projects past the superstructure phase.
Many apartments buildings had from 10 – 30 small shoebox size apartments on each floor and an average of 8 – 10 floors, this made a required number of resources in a small place at the same time. Some projects I was asked to review were impossible and just could not be completed in the timeframe, as too many trades were required to be inside a room in short space of time. There were some obvious errors like paint drying time was not allowed for; tiles were being laid at the same time as the ceiling was being painted.
Projects that I was involved with at the planning stage were resource leveled so there was no doubling up of resources. Projects were completed as planned.
The Right Time for Professional Planning
The right time to get professional planning is in the design stage. We can advise on possible quicker methods of construction so the project is more efficient and better timeframes indicated. Our involvement does not end at the tender phase, there is a lot to be gained for either the client / developer or the construction company. A lot of emphasis is placed on the project duration. This needs to be monitored on fortnightly / monthly basis to make sure there is an independent record/report of all construction and project activities. Any extension of time (EOT) can then call on this information as required. Any delay by the client or builder can be quickly analysed and a report can be produced. This takes the uncertainty out of construction programme issues.