In the context of historic buildings it is imperative that the detail and accuracy of the scheduling is carried out to exacting standards. Having the knowledge and experience and ability to record with a high degree of accuracy is a must, but this needs to be matched with high quality presentation and reporting output.
Internal alterations and refurbishment will very often require careful integration of modern services and lifestyle and layout requirements with minimal intervention of the original fabric. Specifically, satisfying modern statute (relating to fire escape, detection and alarm, building regulations and issues of accessibility) can be the toughest of conundrums to solve.
Where alterations are more significant, are external in nature and / or where buildings are of relative significant historic interest (in addition to compliance with Building Regulations) the works will require one or all of the following:
We have the experience of working with heritage officers, building inspectors and risk assessors to find workable and sustainable solutions. We have experience of seeking approvals for a number of schemes of listed buildings where significant alterations were required including window replacements, extensions, office to residential conversions, layout reconfiguration and re-building with modern-equivalent materials.
At Harris Associates we spend a lot of time investing in the pre-contract processes and works preparations which in turn gives us the best possible chance of contract administrating and project managing the project through to a successful conclusion. Once works have commenced, a regime of detailed scheduling, precise monitoring, transparent valuation and structured works sign off allows us to control and direct on-site operations. By working closely with the site contractor and other specialist teams, we are able to set in motion a dynamic, flexible and proven approach to delivering quality.