What we do
We specialise in supporting all stakeholders in the construction process, providing impartial advice outside of the day to day activities of project work to construction clients, contractors and legal practices across the United Kingdom.
We can be engaged to undertake the role of Expert Witness, providing independent, impartial and unbiased evidence, based on our experience and knowledge in the construction industry. Understanding our responsibilities and utilising our technical expertise, we are able to represent the court, or clients and their advisors.
We offer our clients a proven track record for administering interim certification payments, preparing financial statements for the resolution and settlement of the final account.
We act as fund monitors on behalf of our clients, to identify key issues and, importantly, to offer solutions throughout the project process. We liaise with banks, their lawyers and valuers at every stage of a project.
During the construction phase we then monitor compliance with the terms of the loan facility and contract requirements and proactively keep the funder informed, particularly of any changes to the risk profile throughout the build period, through our regular progress reports which report on the status of key development issues.
Other Professional Services Include:
- Critical Friend
- Dispute Management
- Claim Preparation
- Extension of Time & Loss and Expense
- Dispute Resolution
- Project Evaluation
- Funding Advice
- Project Audits
- Capital Allowance Reporting
We are passionate about providing successful solutions for our clients and by utilising best industry practice and combining technical ability with financial acumen we drive commercial efficiency through all our projects. Constant communication, guidance and efficient management of all financial aspects of a project provide surety of delivery to ensure maximum profit with minimum capital expenditure.
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.
Our wide-ranging experience in providing expert testimony has often led to early settlement and allows us to deal with disputes in a pragmatic and commercially sensitive manner.