50 Things You Must Know in Two Minutes to Make Your New Building Project a Success

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Here are 50 things you need to know about how to run your own building project. If you want to build a new shop, warehouse, office, factory or even an industrial storage tent you need to know what you are getting into. This is designed as a check list for a confident beginner or a warning to an unqualified starter who thinks it is easy. The first alarm bell goes off when someone asks, ‘will we need planning consent?’ if you don’t know the answer to that which is entry level then you probably need someone by your side to help you through – they are officially known as an agent. Alternatively you may act for yourself or you can just write out the cheque to A.N. Other Contractors Ltd and hope you get a good job.

A) What has to be done the first 8 points?

  1. Plan – what are you building, what will it geotech report christchurch look like, what will it cost, where is it going?
  2. Research – what is the best way to do item 1?
  3. Measure – the site, the task, the functions, the time, measure everything twice – make it once!
  4. Design – tells you what can go wrong, the delete button is mightier than a very cross contractor
  5. Cost – use your designs to get this right
  6. Contract – when you have stopped changing your mind (usually about revision 15 is good) then order it
  7. Construct- when the contractor has stopped changing his mind then make it!
  8. Implement – When it passes Quality Control use it or install it


B) Who does what? 15 more pointers

  1. Professional services – Acquisition and finance.
  2. Surveyors – Value, availability and suitability.
  3. Architects – Use of space and visual appearances, applied materials.
  4. Geotechnical engineers – Environmental engineering (checking for rare moths or newts).
  5. Mechanical Engineer – Fabrication.
  6. Consulting Engineers – Materials design.
  7. Main Contractors – Construction.
  8. Project managers – Co-ordination.
  9. Plant hire – Short term specialist equipment.
  10. Purchasing & Trades – Mechanical, fit out and electrical services
  11. Landscapers – Site appearances
  12. Services – Fuel, water, Power, drainage
  13. Local Authorities – Permissions and regulations
  14. Quantity surveyors – Correct supply
  15. Banks – money


C) Methods – who does it? points 24 to 27

1 Client run – you do it
2 Agent run – he does it for you
3. Builder – Muddy footprints in your office, van in your parking space.
4. Principal contractor – he rings you when he’s done it and you move in

D) Regulations: point 28 to 37

  1. Planning law – at least 60 key areas requiring skilled professional support
  2. Building regulations – There are dozens of these that require careful implementation
  3. Highways Agency – What you can and can’t do to roads – and there are lots of things!
  4. Health and Safety – How and what you can do on a site and with a building
  5. Construction Design Management – Who is in place to stop things going ‘gaolably’ wrong?
  6. Various national and local by-laws – There are pages of them.
  7. Employment Law – who you can’t fire
  8. Licensing – What you can do on your site
  9. Contract law – How people are obliged to do what they say they will do when they say they will do it or face not getting paid
  10. Landlord, tenancy law – How to fast track your own eviction


E) Breakdown of typical cost attribution
Scenario 1: 38 to 43

  1. Professional fees – 7.5% (to 15%)
  2. Civil works – 28%
  3. Construction main works – 28%
  4. Landscaping – 5% (to 20%)
  5. Fitting out – 30 % 6. Services 1.5% (to 6%)
  6. Plus local authority and land charges


Scenario 2: 44 to 48

  1. Land – 30%
  2. Build – 30%
  3. Fit out – 30%
  4. Other fees and charges – 10%
  5. Contingency – 10 – 20%


This gets you a shell, whatever you put inside, it costs extra.

Point 49: One more word of advice if you find a cheap plot of land make sure you find out why. One of my customer’s had his operation right next door to a factory producing a lethal cocktail of explosive chemicals. For over 20 years he had no idea until it went bang! He had little help assessing the affects of the chemicals on his building over the years because nobody thought to go and have a look at it, even after the explosion, advice was scant.

Not only should you love your neighbour(s) I strongly recommend:

Point 50: You make an effort to find out exactly what they do, they may be lovely people but do you want to be picking up a hefty bill for the risk of the pleasure of living next door to them.

Nobody really tells you how to put small to medium sized projects together, usually because the are so specialised or so niche that it is not big enough to warrant attention. Surely that is the very essence of every project not just the big ones. Worse still the failure rate in small projects is more alarming since many people simply give up before they start or pay through the nose and all because they are unaware of the simple rules and steps to success and that there is a great deal of help out here if you only know which stones to look under to find it.

Under my little stone you will find a lot of engineering support and many articles on this subject, but best of all I am a real person and have helped many people turn their dreams and ideas into reality, and I can help you as well in a number of ways. I have documented thousands of prices and designs, hand researched manufacturing plants globally and I actually design and make equipment too. As you can tell I am interested in my subject material but also I am a people person, because after all people are what it is all about.


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