Conamar is very experienced in Design and Build schemes. Our project process map builds on the RIBA Plan, organising projects into key stages separated by “checkpoints”. These enable the efficient standardised flow of information throughout, focusing on early collaboration between stakeholders.
Typically, for D&B schemes we get involved at Stage-2/3, enabling greater influence over design. At this stage we develop the design in line with requirements, incorporating buildability and innovation.
Stage 2: Concept Design
This stage requires clear communication between ourselves, the design team and the client (and other stakeholders) to ensure the idea captures the project brief, using information ascertained in the feasibility studies.
Stage 3: Developed Design
Involves development of the concept design, capturing all stakeholder requirements and developing them into the design. We will also be monitoring the budget to ensure works are feasible and within expected parameters. Where possible, innovation will be incorporated into the design; a major benefit of having the contractor on board at this stage is the introduction of buildability into the design, requiring less intrusive value engineering at the next stage.
Stage 4: Technical Design
Involves formalisation of appointments/finalisation of the design team. Detailed design meetings will be arranged to review Employer Requirements and opportunities for VE, involving key suppliers for their expertise. Design team meetings will review planning condition discharges and ensure relevant submissions/consents are in place. Moreover the risk register, H&S plan, Programme and any KPI requirements are finalised.
Stage 5: Construction
Once stage-4 design is signed off, stage-5 coordination of interfacing elements will commence, and fabrication/ construction issue drawings can be produced in readiness for construction activities. Site set up and H&S will be finalised with the PM/Principal Designer, and Construction Phase plans produced.
Construction works proceed in line with our ISO9001 accredited management system and contractual requirements. Regular liaison with the client and the project team assists in the ‘no surprises’ philosophy.
Stage 6: Handover
On completion of the construction works, we move into Stage 6; handover. This stage involves testing/ commissioning of all installations, which will be completed in full liaison with the MEP engineer and the incumbent facilities management personnel (where applicable).
Stage 7: Occupancy
The project will be closed out as we move into Stage 7. We will attend site at set intervals, carrying out seasonal balancing of the M&E systems where applicable, and noting any lessons learned for continual improvement.