What are the main design management risks in construction?

Design management risks should be factored into project delivery from the outset, to keep construction on schedule and on budget, and to avoid any health and safety risks.

Some elements of design management risk are mandatory for regulatory and compliance purposes, while others are a means to protect investment and ensure the success of the project.

In general, design risk management (DRM) spans three main areas of activity:

  • Design and preparation by the design team and contractors
  • Health and safety throughout the duration of the project
  • Risk management in tenders and pricing

The end goal is to manage risks that may arise not only during the construction phase, but also due to changes in the design and during subsequent use and maintenance of the building.

 

Common risks in construction design management

There are several common areas of risk in construction design management. Some of these are specifically design-related, while others are general problems that might arise on any kind of project.

  • Errors and omissions in the design
  • Delays and missed deadlines during delivery
  • Last-minute changes (including requests from stakeholders)
  • Failure to deliver according to contract
  • Scheduling errors and third-party subcontractor delays

Some common risks arise externally, but should still be anticipated and mitigated as far as reasonably possible, for example:

  • Environmental risk, impact and analysis
  • Public objections and changes in local laws
  • Organisational risks (staff absence, employee turnover)
  • Project management risks and personnel conflict
  • Excess costs and changes in technology

Identifying all the relevant risks that apply to the design of your project, and to the successful delivery of that design, can allow you to manage your exposure to avoidable delays and financial losses.

 

How to mitigate design management risks

A four-step framework is usually applied to identify and mitigate design risks:

  1. Identify risks, working collaboratively with stakeholders and subcontractors across all areas of the project planning and design.
  2. Assess risks on a sliding scale, to estimate potential impacts and to rank the areas of highest priority.
  3. Mitigate risks by developing plans to reduce the chance of incidents occurring and to react to them quickly if they do.
  4. Monitor risks to identify emerging incidents and prevent them from escalating where possible.

Effective project management and design risk management should not be considered a luxury or an additional investment, as it is critical to confident delivery of construction work.

To benefit from hebs Group’s DRM expertise and risk mitigation strategies, contact us today on 0151 236 0707 or info@hebs-group.co.uk.

4 key Facilities Management strategies

Facilities Management naturally involves an element of strategy, for example when scheduling planned maintenance, but by going beyond this you can optimise the outcomes for your organisation.

In 2020, RICS ran an article headed “Introducing Strategic Facilities Management” and outlining several potential approaches to Strategic FM.

Here’s our own pick of four key Facilities Management strategies for 2021 and beyond.

 

Everything Available

Your Facilities Management strategies should look beyond the operational aspects of building maintenance and take a more holistic view of the availability of assets over their complete life span.

For example, Facilities Managers may want to look at assets like heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting, and ask how to ensure those essential services and utilities are always accessible to the occupants of the premises.

In this sense, Strategic Facilities Management is concurrent with business continuity planning, where continuity depends on the successful functioning of specific facilities.

 

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Building Information Modelling, sometimes called Building Information Management, brings together modern trends including computer-aided Facilities Management (CAFM), automation and IT to understand how to strategically deliver FM in the building.

Incorporating BIM into CAFM makes sense, as the two platforms share much of the same information and can streamline the management of assets.

As yet, many organisations have yet to fully achieve this, making it a good prospect to gain a competitive advantage, or to achieve significant efficiency gains that have not yet been made in full or even in part.

 

Soft Landings

Involving FM from day zero on a new commercial property build and fit out can anticipate future problems with assets and resolve them before they occur.

This can mean paying extra fees upfront for Facilities Managers to start working earlier in the project pipeline, but the long-term return on investment more than makes the business case for doing so.

For the successful future of this trend, FMs need to be involved and their opinions given equal weight, so that if they raise any concerns, appropriate efforts are taken to act on their insights and minimise avoidable future maintenance demands.

 

Harmonic Environments

Finally, Strategic FM can focus on health and happiness to maximise productivity by creating harmonic working environments for the human workforce.

This can be achieved by ensuring the assets and facilities in the building meet the needs of the occupants, while ensuring their continued comfort at all times.

In this way, Strategic FM can bridge the gap between the building fabric and the human capital of the workforce within, to deliver even greater productivity and efficiency gains overall.

To find out more about our facilities management services, email info@hebs-group.co.uk or call our team on 0151 236 0707.



The advantages of using a professional commercial fit out company

Working with a professional commercial fit out company can not only make sure your new premises get fitted out without a hitch, it can also provide you with a better standard of interiors, which will support productivity and efficiency for even longer into the future.

Professional commercial fit out contractors work across many premises and are well aware of what makes for a good workplace design, as well as any emerging trends that can help to future-proof your commercial property.

This means you can expect a higher standard of finish, incorporating any relevant technologies that you might not already be aware of, and protecting your investment in your premises by reducing maintenance demand and maximising resale value.

 

One port of call

A commercial fit out company should be able to handle the entire project. In essence, you gain the services of a project manager who will coordinate all the necessary subcontractors to get your premises fully fitted out and commissioned.

You can leave it to the fit out firm to recommend their preferred subcontractors for the various different utilities and services required, with better budget confidence as all the costs are covered by a single contract.

 

Maximise compliance

A good professional fit out company will have plenty of experience and expertise, including a good understanding of the relevant regulations and compliance requirements.

This encompasses everything from building regulations to health and safety. By working with an expert, you can benefit from total peace of mind that these risks are fully assessed and mitigated.

 

Time and time again

Commercial fit out companies don’t only work on new-build premises, as they can also carry out refurbishment of existing workspaces to upgrade the facilities to a modern standard.

Because of this, many clients return time and time again to multiply the benefits they gain from working with a trusted commercial fit out contractor on a series of branch offices, new locations and modernisations.

 

Find out more

If you are planning a commercial premises fit out project and would like to learn more about engaging a fit out firm from the outset, to coordinate all the necessary activities without delay, speak to hebs Group today and we will be happy to help.

Our team has worked on a long list of extremely successful commercial fit out projects, including specific markets like retail, leisure, new-builds and refurbishments, and rented student accommodation.

To find out more, email info@hebs-group.co.uk or call our team on 0151 236 0707.

Flowtech leave Ladybridge gutters and gullies as good as new

The Flowtech team are proud of our ongoing work for the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) as regular readers of our blog will know.

Over recent months and years, we have attended many NWAS ambulance stations to repair leaks, clear blocked drains and restore gutters to as-new condition.

A recent call-out saw us visit the picturesque NWAS Headquarters at Ladybridge Hall in Bolton, which was in need of a little maintenance.

We made the short journey to the premises, which stand in Chorley New Road Conservation Area and are considered of architectural significance to the area’s history.

 

What we did

The pitched slate roofs of Ladybridge Hall slope down to traditional gullies and gutters with custom-built wooden gutter guards to catch larger debris.

Over time, smaller debris and sediment can get through the gaps in the gulley guards, and the Flowtech team responded to a call to clear any residue from the guttering.

We were able to do this and jet washed the gullies to leave them flowing freely, cleared and cleaned just like the day they were first fitted to this historic property.

 

About Ladybridge Hall

Ladybridge Hall was built around the 1870s in a Gothic style, with steeply pitched slate roofs and an irregular pattern of gables, chimney stacks, parapet and turret.

The former mansion is stone-built with ashlar dressings, with a beautiful arched entrance porch that has its own pitched leaded roof.

In recent years, the property has been home to several emergency services, including Greater Manchester Ambulance Service and Bolton Mountain Rescue Team.

It is now the NWAS HQ and provides the ambulance service with a visually stunning base of operations, which the Flowtech team were delighted to visit to keep those all-important rooftop gulleys and gutters flowing freely.

 

How Flowtech can help

Flowtech respond to all kinds of calls for planned and reactive maintenance of drains, gutters and gullies at ground and roof level, including underground drains.

We can clear blocked drain pipes and tackle slow-draining sinks inside premises, to diagnose the location of any clogs and blockages, and use the appropriate equipment to restore freely flowing water.

Our services can be scheduled in advance to fit in with your monthly, quarterly or annual maintenance plans, or we can respond to emergency call-outs in the event of a leak, a serious blockage leading to localised flooding, or any other significant situation.

For more information about hebs Flowtech email info@hebs-group.co.uk or to speak to a team member immediately call 0151 236 0707.