The cost of leaving building work too long

With the way that inflation affects the end cost of building works it would seem sensible to get on with the project as soon as possible after obtaining your planning permission. There has been a raft of increases in the past year, from concrete products and aggregates (which have been hit with extraction taxes levied on the raw materials) and the fact that many of the major suppliers of building materials are now owned or supplied by non British companies. The effect of the lowering value of sterling has exacerbated this on-cost for imports. it seems we have very few indigenous suppliers/manufacturers in this company so we will always be at risk of this.

When starting a project it makes good sense to programme the works very carefully. This not only produces a list of required materials, but will put them in the required order of purchase. This enables the manager to get best prices locked in at the earliest possible time.

The earlier the Construction Manager gets started on the process of Costing, Programming & Procuring, the quicker the work will be started and thereafter completed. So often in the past I have been expected to begin works on site when all that was available was a sketchy planning drawing and the earnest wishes of the client, when at the very least what is required is a copy of the Building Control drawing and specification. This leaves the project in the realms of flying by the seat of the pants and on every past occasion this has caused delays in the work programme and consequent cost overruns.

It takes a certain state of mind and experience to carry out this process and on an average build cost of say £200k it will take something close to ten weeks of work to prepare for a well run and well costed project to be ready for site.

If the Construction Manager is appointed at an early enough stage he can liaise with the Architect, Engineer and Client to assist in formulating a design which achieves the best possible outcome. Costs and buildability can be applied to design elements and products, with choices made based on best knowledge, which can have far reaching consequences in both cost and time. This also has the effect of reducing the time taken to prepare the cost plan and programme of works.

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Project Management

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Can we afford to do this?
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How to do it properly.
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Making sure they stay that way.
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