What we do
We offer clients a cost-effective way to retain maximum control and flexibility over the delivery cycle of the build process.
The client must appoint a Principal Contractor for each notifiable project under the CDM Regulations. Vitruvius can undertake the role of the principal contractor to properly plan, manage and co-ordinate the works to ensure the safe management of the site. This process starts during the pre-construction phase where we can develop the construction sequencing with the design team to minimise the clients exposure to health & safety and environmental risks.
We provide a construction monitoring service to facilitate quality control and programme assessment. Periodic inspections and reporting are undertaken throughout the construction phase.
Our Quality Management service provides clients with the assurance that construction works are controlled and completed, meeting all contract requirements.
Vitruvius is fully able to advise on CDM Regulations at any point throughout a project. Whilst the client has the overall responsibility for their project, we have the skills, knowledge, experience and training to undertake the Principal Designer/Contractor roles and duties, or to advise on health and safety requirements and best practice.
Other Professional Services Include:
- Technical Advisor
- Construction Manager
- Employers Agent
- Health & Safety Plans
- Site Logistics Planning
- Programme Manager
- O&M Manual Preparation
Our relationship with our clients is that of project partner as we manage the construction phase from a position of knowledge, managing the interface between trade contractors, design consultants and the client's own in-house team. We find this collaborative approach results in a less adversarial environment on site where clear decisions can be made quickly.
We have proven experience, that demonstrates through effective construction management, we are able to provide an enhanced ability to incorporate client changes, control cost, and in many cases, deliver an accelerated programme. Our priority is to act in the interests of our client and provide a seamless project and construction management service.
Mercury abatement project at Gloucester Crematorium on behalf of Gloucester City Council
We can help at any stage
Vitruvius will work with you to identify your business objectives, create a strategic brief and other core project requirements.
We start putting together initial considerations for a tailored project team, establish a project programme, discuss planning pre-application and draw up sub-contractor contracts.
Project status: Strategic Definition
Preparation & Briefing
Preparation & Briefing
Vitruvius supports you with developing project objectives, including quality objectives and project outcomes, sustainability aspirations, project budget and develop an initial project brief. We can also undertake feasibility studies and review all site information.
At this stage we would also prepare a project roles table and contractual tree and continue assembling the project team and Architect. We would also start to look at handover strategy and risk assessments.
Project status: Preparation & Briefing
Vitruvius manages and co-ordinates concept designs including outline proposals for structural design and building services systems. We outline specifications and draft preliminary cost information along with relevant project strategies in accordance with the design programme, agree alterations to brief and issue final project brief.
At this point we also prepare sustainability, maintenance, operational and health & safety strategies and review the handover strategy and risk assessments. Planning applications are usually made at this point.
Project status: Concept Design
Working with the architectural and engineering teams, we manage the development of the design and coordinate and update proposals for structural design, building services systems, outline specifications, cost information and project strategies in accordance with the design programme. Ensuring everything is scheduled on time and to plan.
Project status: Spatial Coordination
We ensure the technical design sits in accordance with the design responsibility matrix and project strategies and includes all architectural, structural and building services information, specialist subcontractor design and specifications, in accordance with Design Programme.
We lead in the preparation and submission of building regulations and any other third party submissions, whilst reviewing and updating the project execution plan, construction strategy and updating the health & safety strategy.
Project status: Technical Design
We co-ordinate and oversee any offsite manufacturing and onsite construction in accordance with the construction programme and assist with the resolution of any design queries that might arise on site.
We prepare and administer the building contract, undertake regular site inspections and constantly review progress and costs.
At this stage we would review and update the sustainability strategy and the handover strategy, including agreement of information required for commissioning, training, handover, asset management, future monitoring and maintenance and ongoing compilation of ‘As-constructed’ information.
We would also update construction and health and safety strategies.
Project status: Construction
We initiate the handover of building and conclusion and administration of the building contracts. Carry out activities listed in Handover Strategy including feedback for use during the future life of the building or on future projects. Update project information as required.
Project status: Handover
Activities listed in the handover strategy are concluded, including post-occupancy evaluation, review of project performance, project outcomes and any research and development aspects.
We update project information, as required, in response to ongoing client feedback until the end of the building’s life.
Project status: Use
The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 organises the process of briefing, designing, constructing, maintaining, operating and using building projects into a number of key stages. The content of stages may vary or overlap to suit specific project requirements. Vitruvius utilise The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 as guidance for the preparation of detailed professional services contracts and building contracts.
Future proofing Cotteswold Dairy
Vitruvius was appointed to assist Cotteswold Dairy with master planning the development of their site in Tewkesbury with the objective of future proofing their operational premises needs for the next 5 to 15 years.
Vitruvius was recommended to us and suggested we look at Master Planning the whole site and to be honest, we haven’t looked back.