Commercial Management

Taking control for you

As Commercial Managers we can take charge of the financial and contractual aspects of your construction project, using a full range of services from the initial feasibility study through to handover. These include:

Cost Planning

Darwood offers a full cost-planning support service from project viability, all the way through to completion.

We use a cost management software which gives assurance to our clients that the project costs will be controlled, and budget allocation optimised.

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Contract Administration

Darwood can act as your contract administrator to successfully manage the process of a project’s building contract.

We pride ourselves on our attention to detail ensuring all elements are co-ordinated, planned and managed.

Darwood has the knowledge and skills to understand contractual provisions and know how to apply them, in addition to our role of determining applications, authorising payments and settling final accounts.

Quantity Surveying

Darwood has broad experience of providing professional cost management advice to clients, across a variety of market sectors.

We provide flexible monthly accounting and efficient cost reporting at all stages of a project, as well as procurement and tendering advice.

Through effective commercial management we seek to minimise the costs and enhance the value of delivery.

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Other Consultancy Commercial Management Services include:

  • Budget Appraisal
  • Bills of Quantities
  • Cash Flow Forecasting
  • Commercial Reporting
  • Design Change Control
  • Life-Cycle Costing
  • Interim & Final Accounts
  • Fund Monitoring
  • Value Engineering

Call or contact us, to see how we can help you take your projects to the next level.


RIBA Stage of Construction

We use the RIBA Stage of Construction to give clarity on the progress of the project.

The RIBA Plan of Work organises the process of briefing, designing, constructing and operating building projects into eight stages and explains the stage outcomes, core tasks and information exchanges required at each stage.

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Stage 0
Strategic Definition

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A key starting point is to understand and identify your Business Goals. Darwood will then help you to create a Strategic Brief, and other key project requirements.

We start by putting together the initial considerations for a bespoke Project Team establishing a Project Schedule, discussing pre-bid planning, and drafting the subcontracts.

Project status: Strategic Definition

Stage 1
Preparation & Briefing

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We will then work with you to develop the core project objectives. This will include quality objectives with defined project outcomes.

In addition we will help you to identify your sustainability aspirations, develop your project budget and an initial project brief. Darwood can also undertake any feasibility studies and review all available site information.

At this stage we would also prepare a project roles table, contractual tree and continue creating the project team and identifying a suitable Architect. We would also start to look at handover strategy and risk assessments.

Project status: Preparation & Briefing

Stage 2
Concept Design

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Darwood will manage and coordinate the design concept. This includes schematic proposals for structural design and building service systems that you can review.

We will pull together all specifications and establish a preliminary cost. This information helps us to work with you to agree the final project brief.

Planning questions are usually identified at this stage.

At this point, we also prepare strategies that cover:

  • Sustainability
  • Maintenance
  • Operations
  • Risk Assessments
  • Health and Safety

Project status: Concept Design

Stage 3
Spatial Coordination

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Darwood will coordinate the development of your agreed structural design. This will include update processes, building services systems, outline specifications, cost information and project strategies in accordance with the design programme.

We will ensure everything is scheduled on time and to plan to meet your agreed timescales.

Project status: Spatial Coordination

Stage 4
Technical Design

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We will ensure the developed Technical Design meets the Responsibility Matrix, agreed Project Strategies and includes all architectural, structural and building services information, specialist subcontractor design and specifications.

All in accordance with Design Programme.

We will lead for you in the preparation and submission of any building regulation requirements and any other third party submissions.

At the same time, we will review and update the project execution plan, construction strategy and update the health & safety strategy.

Project status: Technical Design

Stage 5
Manufacturing and Construction

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Darwood will co-ordinate and oversee any offsite manufacturing and onsite construction in accordance with the construction programme and assist with the resolution of any design queries that might arise on site.

Our skills mean we will prepare and administer the building contract, undertake regular site inspections and constantly review progress and costs on your behalf.

At this stage we would review all the separate connected strategies, including agreement of information required for commissioning, training, handover, asset management, future monitoring and maintenance and ongoing compilation of ‘as constructed’ information.

Project status: Manufacturing and Construction

Stage 6

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We can initiate the handover of the building and conclusion/administration of all the building contracts.

We can conclude all the activities listed in the Handover Strategy. This will include feedback for use during the future life of the building or on future projects.

Project status: Handover

Stage 7

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Once the activities listed in the handover strategy are concluded, including post-occupancy evaluation, review of project performance, project outcomes and any research and development aspects.

We will update/conclude project information in response to any ongoing client feedback until the end of the building’s life.

Project status: Use

Talk to us today about your project