We are happy to have an initial no commitment discussion about the project you are thinking of undertaking which may help in how you take matters further.
The services we are able to offer our clients and how we approach matters depends on the type of assistance being sought. They basically fall into two categories, review and design. Disability access is an area where we have been appointed to undertake reviews of how inclusive the built environment is to people with a disability. We have undertaken access audits of major hospital sites, numerous outpatient clinics and schools resulting in buildings becoming easier for users with a disability to visit. Other review consultancy has involved carrying out 'Six Facet Appraisals' of public buildings. These are essentially reports that comment on how suitable a building is and is it fit for purpose.
First and foremost it is particularly important to define just what you are hoping to achieve. We have undertaken many diverse projects and it is the brief that will highlight any potential problems and whether it is possible to achieve your goal within the many constraints that exist. Once appointed we often produce an outline design and carry out a feasibility cost appraisal for the project prior to going to full design.
Depending on the size of the project other expertise may be required but it is essential that these be coordinated to ensure a timely approach and most importantly, keeping the client fully in the picture. Preparation of the scheme design in close liaison with the client ensures the finished project reflects wishes. The drawings and schedule of works are prepared to ensure those charged with carrying out the project were aware when they tendered for the work what was expected of them both in content and quality.
Careful monitoring of the works is an essential requirement if the scheme is going to be completed in keeping with the aspirations of the client. This isn't just making sure the work is of an appropriate standard but also involves particularly diligent cost control and being responsible for vetting and approving stage payments to contractors. This includes keeping the client aware of the possible implications of making changes as a project evolves.