Project Management

We lead successful change solutions

As Construction Project Managers we are enthusiastic about leading successful change solutions through the effective and efficient management of building resources.

Crucial to achieving our partners efficient and effective project delivery, is our ability to cooperatively work with them and truly understand their full business requirements.

Project Planning

At the beginning of your project planning, Darwood will work with you to better appreciate the intended outcomes of your plans.

Once this is agreed, Darwood can help to plan and develop an appropriate procurement strategy to reduce risk and maximise the value of your project. This includes support with:

  • Feasibility Studies
  • Technical Advice
  • Site Investigation
  • Tender Documentation
  • Management of a Bid Process
  • Representation of Client
  • Consultant Appointment
  • Construction Contracts
  • Trade Contracts
  • Warranty Documentation

Design Management

A key element of any project success is the management and coordination of the professional design and consultant team.

Darwood is experienced in utilising various project management tools to deliver a collaborative and fully integrated design solution.

Programme Management

With Darwood as your Programme Manager, we will take the responsibility for linking together your project outputs and capabilities, to help deliver the best project achievable.

We provide a well-defined framework to organise, communicate, align, manage and control the activities, to aid successful delivery.

Our approach to programme management includes providing you with the ability to proactively monitor the progress, ensuring concerns are resolved with the best coordinated corrective action.

We can provide support solutions ranging from an individual secondment working within your team right through to a full delivery team.

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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

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