You may choose to have your architect or designer stay on as full project manager or you may have an arrangement where your builder is the project manager and the designer takes on an overview role.


You may wish to be the project manager yourself. Ensure you have the time – it requires a lot – and, ideally, the expertise.

The building regulations are a complex and exacting set of rules and the technical aspects of many components of the building process are important to get right.

Or you can hire a specialist as project manager and, while this may be a bit more expensive, this can take many of the hassles out of the whole building process.

Reasons to use a project manager

Smart Services 4All act as your advocate. We are employed to plan, organise, monitor, and control your building project according to your wishes, giving you greater control and an opportunity to save costs.

We can optimise the delivery of your project in the following ways:

To reality check your project to match expectations with budget

To ensure work proceeds with a clear idea of budget and avoid wasted time and disappointment in cost cutting discussions.

To avoid conflict

To save clients having to troubleshoot on site when dealing direct with a builder.

To optimise your budget

A main builder is not the only route. We are happy to explore other options such as sourcing individual tradesmen. Working on a fixed fee basis means we can transparently chase best value for our clients. With no mark-ups on materials or labour, clients are able to purchase materials direct, and introduce particular trades they have experience with.

For hands-on supervision

Visiting site on average 2-3 times a week to keep on top of progress and quality and head off issues before they become a problem.

Adding value during the process

In order to ensure that a high standard is maintained on your project, the following could be added:

  • Initiation - We work with you to define scope of project; fix parameters for budget and timings, suggest 'best fit' designers.

  • Design Phase - Set criteria for the design including budget, performance, timescales for production of information. Cost check information for consistency and robustness.

  • Tender Phase - Produce or check project programme, control work flow, check compliance with drawings, keep all parties informed of progress, check and approve invoices, produce cost plans, chair and minute site meetings, manage variations, liaison with local authorities, handover information packs.

  • On Site - Discuss tender route, discuss timings, discuss cost certainty and start dates. Draw up tender lists, analyse tender returns, recommend who to appoint. Source materials using our trade contacts.

  • Handover/Defects - Sign off with local authority, produce snag lists, finalise final accounts, gather handover information. Return to produce defect snag sheets, oversee clearing of snags, finalise accounts.

How it works

Safeguard your investment & add value to your property - Building and renovating can be stressful, complex and costly. We manage building works for clients and add value by determining what needs to be done, finding the best people to do it and overseeing the time, cost and quality of the work. When you hire us, we take the following responsibilities:

  • For residential projects:

    • Managing the project from start to finish
    • Checking the project to ensure compliance with budget, programme and design requirements
    • Managing the trades to ensure the highest standards of workmanship and being a single point of contact
    • Updating you on programme changes and 'where we are' according to the plan and budget
    • and ultimately delivering your project successfully
  • For commercial projects:

    • Working with or leading a team to undertake contract administration or advise on sustainability
    • Understanding the project constraints and determining the milestones required to achieve them
    • Tendering, tender analysis and controlling costs on site
    • Overseeing operations to ensure compliance with contract and expectations
    • Keeping all parties up to speed with communication
Special service for architects/designers

Smart Services 4All provide a service that dovetails with the designer's and sees the architect's design intent implemented sympathetically on site.

We provide a full project management service with budgeting, tender organisation and cost control. We can also offer services that the architect may have traditionally undertaken such as contract administration, control of work on site, and team communication.

We are happy to work under the architect or alongside, offering from the end client's point of view, a seamless service for project delivery.

  • We take responsibility for...

    • The success of the project, the safeguarding of your interests and the continued happiness of your client
    • Your priority and ours is certainty of outcome, the reduction of risks and the delivering of your project on time, to budget and at the highest level of quality
    • We give you the support of talented, experienced people who will develop a positive environment of collaboration on site and provide strong, independent advice to help you meet your objectives
    • Our project managers are good leaders and communicators and will regularly keep you informed of progress on site

The advantage to the architect of using our services is that they can outsource what has traditionally been the less attractive fee-earning part of the project, whilst still maintaining confidence that the project will be delivered successfully with the design intent maintained.

 

Kind words from our clients


Our clients are the only ones who can tell you how truly satisfied they are with our:

  • work
  • communication
  • attention to:
    • details
    • budgets
    • schedules.

We would love to add you to the list too!

Below are some excerpts from email correspondence with our customers.

We can always provide a list of satisfied customers who, before starting work, to be selected at random to confirm the quality of our services.


Thank you Sorin,

K. and D. are very good friends of ours who are moving to Ruislip, not far from us! I reccommended you to other friends too, who are thinking of a bigger job (probably including staircase, like ours).

Looking forward to hearing back from you when you are ready.

Sabrina T.
London, HA4


 

Dear Sorin,

Thank you very much for the invoice. Everything is clear and we are very happy with your work.

Hopefully we will be in touch for future projects. Meanwhile, I wish you a Merry Christmas and the best for next year!

Gaston P.
London, SW1

 

Hi Sorin,

We were extremely happy with the results, and since have recommended you to friends and family.

Sam and John D.
London, SW1

 

Dear Sorin,

Working with you was fantastic. I have worked with 3-4 contractors over the last 5 years, but you set yourself apart from everyone.

From the most detailed quotation, with solutions I hadn't considered before, to the completion of the work, you delivered what I found to be above and beyond my expectations.

Overall, you and your team put together an outstanding product, and I am thrilled with the results. I would highly recommend using your services to my friends.

Daniel W.
London, N16



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