Comment on: Building great schools
I am keen that pressure is brought to bear on the EFA to revisit the design and cost parameters that they are using for school projects, to ensure consistency and perhaps more importantly, to allow sufficient room for Architects to put their lateral thinking to good use for the benefit of pupils and staff who use our school buildings for the long term, whilst making best use of the budget provided.
We would be delighted to share our experiences and give our thoughts to help move the debate forward.
Halliday Clark Architects
Comment on: Plan of Work 2013 survey: Is it working?
Whilst the new plan of work is perhaps appropriate for larger more complex projects it is too unwieldy for smaller projects, particularly when clients are doing a building project for the first time. The document becomes very daunting fo them to understand.
I also feel that , the forward loaded work load caused by the introduction of BIM onto a project must be reflected in some way. It is immediately apparent to us that because of the benefits that BIM can bring to a Main Contractor in establishing cost certainty, we are being requested to provide far more information at the planning stages of a project than ever before. This currently is not properly relected within the plan of work and certainly not in the current fee percentages attached to the work up to stage D. As a practice we are reviewing our services schedule and fee structure to reflect BIM projects as a separate issue. Small projects still work well within the original scope of services and plan of work stages.
My suggestion would be to have a small works POW, medium/large works POW and a BIM project POW as separate downloads so that te correct document can be attached to the appropriate project.
Director : Halliday Clark Architects