There are five principal stages: Inception, Feasibility, Pre-construction, Construction, Post-construction. Life Cycle is an additional optional phase
From initial contact, we look to understand your priorities and success criteria, and develop a brief with you. Together we identify the project stakeholders and agree a communications plan to ensure everyone is involved that needs to be. Through discussion we will explore what ‘value’ means for your project and this will be informed by an overview of market conditions. Best of all this is a free service!
Lindum will produce an initial Feasibility Report that will include key project considerations such as budget costs for surveys & design, lead times to start on site, budget costs for construction works, duration on site, advice on risk / contingency allowances by using our extensive in-house construction expertise. Feasibility is also a free service. As client you will not make any financial or contractual commitment at this stage, and it should help you establish what is possible with your time and budget.
If our Feasibility Report aligns with your budget and programme requirements, we will enter into a Pre-construction contract that allows us to arrange the necessary surveys & design work we need in order for us to market test our initial budget costs. This will only require you to make a financial and contractual commitment to the value of the pre-construction activities (surveys & design), not the full value of construction works.
Once we have the surveys completed and the designs developed, we will then undertake a competitive tendering process for each of the supply-chain works packages and will produce a tender comparison document that allows us to work with you, in an open-book and collaborative way to select the most appropriate sub-contractors. The selected sub-contract quotations will be combined with our people costs to provide you with a robust fixed price for Delivery.
Assuming that we have been able to price the works in line with your budget and specification, only then do we require a financial and contractual commitment for the value of the construction works. This contract is usually based on a fixed price to give reassurance that we will not exceed your budget, but will also have some task specific risk items / contingency allowances that further protect your position, resulting in no financial or programme surprises.
We understand the needs of our clients. We know how important it is to complete our work to a zero defects standard before handing the building or rooms over for use. We also recognise the need for staff and building users to be trained on how to get the most from their new space. We therefore offer a soft-landing where each of the specialist supply-chain partners will take the time to demonstrate how to operate and maintain your new electrical installations, plumbing systems and new equipment. For any unforeseen issues that arise after handover we also commit a site manager to your project for 2 weeks after completion so we can react quickly to manage the situation.
The Life Cycle Agreement is a new contract option where the operational performance
of a building in use is one of the critical drivers for success and you would like to make this a contractual responsibility. Lindum offers this option for new build projects where we have managed the design. From Feasibility, we would work with you to agree the operational indicators that would be used to measure the building’s operational performance on completion.