Effective management is essential to
realising the fundamental objectives and achieving successful delivery
of any modern day development. Current legislation requires that
management issues are properly considered and planned during the early
stages to reduce the risk of problems eventuating later in the project.
Whether the client is an end user,
institutional investor or speculative developer, it is therefore
essential to clearly identify and establish the project objectives and
priorities at the outset. By recognising the culture of each client
organisation we also aim to adopt and implement their individual
requirements in the agreed formal project procedures.
VFM offers Value Focused Management. An
all encompassing project management service to lead and guide client
teams through the often complex challenges posed by the development
process. From the time of appointment at initial conception, we have the
expertise to successfully manage each stage of production from
feasibility studies, through planning approval, design, procurement,
construction, fit out and eventual handover and completion.
By clearly establishing our clients'
wishes and expectations, we aim to crystallize the project brief,
forming unambiguous, realistic parameters appropriate to the available
budget. Developing a solid understanding of expectations and
requirements is a pre-requisite to successfully steering the project
through the complex design and construction phases that follow.
VFM's expertise in this particular
field includes :-
Preparation of the Brief
Selection, Appointment and Management
Town and Country Planning
Preparation of Master Programme and
Method Statements and Constraints
Project Co-ordination and Procurement
Fittings and Equipment Co-ordination
Experience has shown that the initial
decisions and strategy adopted are critical to any development.
Balancing the fundamentals of time, cost and quality, our project
managers translate the scheme requirements into a comprehensive brief,
optimising procurement arrangements and project structure to meet client
and project priorities.
Progress is analysed throughout,
against the agreed budget and master programme, ensuring that clients
are fully informed of the implications of their decisions. Any delays
and contractor entitlement to time extensions are regularly assessed
along with their potential financial effects.
We also recognise the need to obtain a
balance within the project team. A principle extended to include the
constructor, consultants, and of course, the building client and its
representatives. Formulating and consolidating these team values and
engendering a culture of co-operation is essential. A requirement we
reinforce in setting measured, evaluation criteria, and in selection,
appointment and management, of all members of the team.
The procurement strategy adopted will
emphasise the importance of this balance. Particularly prevalent within
sophisticated integrated arrangements or design build contracts where
the culture of the constructor and other consultants will influence how
the contract requirements are interpreted and implemented.