• Project Management

    The Sports Construction Consultancy is more than willing to accommodate the client’s in-house expertise, if appropriate, but if the client prefers the responsibilities to be in one pair of hands the consultancy is happy, and actually prefers, to take on all aspects.

    albanyMany projects are complex and require an appreciation of geo-technical matters, planning procedures, Governing Body involvement, leisure consultancy and materials testing. Some involve floodlighting, fencing, structures and also ancillary works.

    The Sports Construction Consultancy, sometimes working with specialist associates, has experience in all required fields.

    As part of the process we can undertake the following.

    Pre-Construction

    Following the tender process, which always has returns sent initially to the Client, a tender report is drawn up with the tenders analysed and a recommendation made.

    Construction contracts are drawn up for the client and the contractor and exchanged.

    Following receipt of his ‘order’ the Contractor will draw up his construction phase Health and Safety Plan for the perusal of the Principle Designer in accordance with CDM Regulations.  The Project Manager may also be the Principal Designer, of course.

    A pre-contract meeting is arranged, chaired if required, and the discussions minuted.  A Project Directory is also produced for the use of all parties directly involved in the project.

    Contract Administration

    The role usually involved the monitory of site progress, the issuing of variations and instructions and valuations and certification as well as the conducting of regular minuted progress meetings.

    During the course of the contract, cost outcome forecasts are updated.

    The Project Manager acts as a conduit for client/contractor liaison and, in effect, takes the client out of the firing line.

    Site Supervision

    Independent site supervision, by experienced personnel, is the only way of ensuring that the construction is constructed to the specification and to the required quality standards.

    Some of the construction techniques used in Sports Surfaces are unique to the industry and need to be properly appreciated to control construction standards.

    Going beyond contractual responsibilities, good site supervision can also help the client get the best from the contractor and help avoid cost or time overruns.

    The Sports Construction Consultancy is totally independent and fully experienced in this field.

    Site visits are typically carried out on a weekly basis and key stage checks carried out as the construction proceeds.

    The Consultancy likes to carry out a pre-handover inspection so that when the time occurs for handover, the client takes possession with zero defects if possible.

    Quality Control

    Working methods and materials used must be as specified in order for a project to succeed.

    Without quality control it is impossible to be confident that the materials supplied, especially from third parties, are fit for purpose.

    Independent testing can provide the means to verify that materials used are those specified. Wherever a product is not up to standard it can be replaced at an early stage.

    Actual practice on site can be compared to a previously agreed method statement of working methods. If the contractor does not follow strictly controlled Quality Control methods, the client is unlikely to obtain the anticipated quality of installation.

    Completion and Post Completion

    Practical Completion is only awarded when the O & M Manual is in place. The client needs to be well acquainted with the maintenance requirements of the facility. All equipment will have been demonstrated and test certificates issued.

    There may be a small number of ‘snags’ outstanding at Practical Completion but there won’t be any remaining at the end of the defects liability period when the final retention money is released.