Consultancy Services

Construction projects can have multiple stakeholders

We specialise in consultation and support to all those involved in the process.

We can provide independent and impartial advice to construction clients, contractors, and other stakeholders across all of the UK.

Our roles can include all of the below.


Our expertise, understanding and experience mean we understand all construction projects are different and each can bring a variety of unique challenges, problems and opportunities.

We can offer a range of expert advice in relation to all aspects of your built environment. We can be the trusted friend that examines your plans from a different perspective. This allows us to ensure that your organisation is supported effectively to find the right solutions for you.

CDM Advice

Darwood is an experienced advisor on CDM regulation at all times through a construction project.

Whilst you the client have overall responsibility for your project, we have the skills, and abilities to understand the principal roles and duties, or to advise on health and safety requirements and best practice.

Strategic Planning and your Building Assets

Darwood specialise in working with organisations to review, identify and evaluate your building assets. We will ensure we are supporting you in developing long-term, strategic solutions that are in line with your Business Plans to future-proof your organisation.

We will work closely with you to fully understand your business and help to develop a Master Plan of your building assets, if one doesn’t already exist. Darwood will then work to understand how any planned project will work with that Master Plan and any future or broader Business Plans and growth goals.

Our support will ensure that you maximise opportunities, seek the most cost-effective solutions and support future profitability.

Other Consultancy Services include and are not exclusive to:

  • Project Evaluation and Auditing
  • Financial Monitoring and Advice
  • Dispute Management/Resolution and Mediation
  • Capital Allowance Reporting
  • Claim Preparation
  • Extension of Time & Loss and Expense

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