Topics: Construction, Project management, Architect Pages: 19 (5572 words) Published: May 24, 2013
Project Management
Investigation of the Planning of a Low-rise Domestic or Commercial Building and Production of Planning Documentation Portfolio

Task 1 (For P1):

Pre-Construction Phase

Client brief:
The client brief is where the client and the architect sit down with each other and discuss what the client wants built. The architect usually asks a range of questions to be able to do a suitable design as accurate as possible to the client’s needs. The budget for the project is also confirmed. Sketches are produced:

The architect produces multiple sketches to show to the client. The client will then agree or disagree to what the architect has produced. Once a design is agreed upon with the client, it can then be drawn as the final design. Drawings will include floor plans; roof plans; elevations and foundation design. Desktop Survey:

The desktop survey is a study of the site location. It includes studies such as the geographical location, natural features, land contours etc. Reconnaissance Stage:
This stage identifies all of the surrounding buildings that are near to the site. This can include residential and commercial buildings, shops, hospitals etc. It also includes the distances between the building and the proposed construction stage. Public footpaths, roads and lakes are also noted in this stage. Final design is made and approved:

Once the final design has been completed, it then gets sent off to planning and building regulations to be approved. Find a contractor:
Once the final design has been approved, a contractor can now be found. Usually you would go through a range of contractors to find out who would do the job to a high standard, as well as a reasonable price. Experience may also come under consideration when deciding which contractor to choose. Award contract:

Once a suitable contractor has been chosen, the contract can now be awarded for the job. The contractor can now go on to find other suitable sub-contractors.

Construction Phase

Site Setup| Substructure| Superstructure|
Perimeter fencing/boundary| Excavate foundations| Scaffolding| Survey site| Building inspector visit| Erection of external envelope and load bearing walls| Set up temporary accommodation| Pour concrete| Construction of roof| Set out any infrastructure requirements| Brick work to DPC| Installation of openings, windows and doors| Grade site to required levels| Drainage installation| Construction of first floor| | Ground floor sub base construction| Internal non-load bearing walls| | Ground floor slab| 1st fix joinery|

| | 1st fix mechanical and electrical|
Internal Finishes| External Works| Defects Period|
Plastering or dry lining| Drainage and services connections| Maintain as per contractual requirements, this will depend on type of build and type of contract| 2nd fix mechanical and electrical including plumbing| Building control| Final handover contractual completion| Carpentry 2nd fix| Car park, roads and landscaping| |

Painting and flooring| Clean and Handover| |
Snagging| | |

Task 2 (For P2):
In any construction project, there are always two main areas for the construction team. The head office team plans the project, as well as controlling it. They make sure everything is going according to plan to the best possible standard. The second area is the Construction site team. These workers are always on site and are the ones who actually construct the proposed project. They also monitor what happens during the course of the construction.

This is a typical chart showing who is in charge of a project and who usually communicates among one another.

Managing Director:
The managing director is the head of the company and project. The managing director needs to manage everything including the staff, customers, and budget as well as increasing the company’s profitability. A managing directors main roles is to design, develop and implement the...
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