The Top 5 Renovation Tips
Brett Marris is a director of DBG Projects, a hospitality specialist commercial building company. CCV asked Brett what clubs should think about when considering a building project.
His top tips below highlight good practice that clubs should include in their approach to any size renovation.
b. Contact three architects/designers with hospitality experience. Give a clear brief and include everything on your wishlist, but also prioritise them.
c. Allow the architects/designers to submit their master plan and ask how the works can be staged to meet budget or operational constraints.
d. Work out high-level budgeting for stages and timelines.
b. Have the documents completed to a building permit standard before agreeing on the contract sum.
c. If entering a Design & Construct (D&C) style contract, have at least 60% of the architectural drawings and schedules completed to lock in the design you expect. This information is crucial for finishes and lighting as these can easily be underestimated and significantly impact the look and feel of the completed venue.
d. If going out to full tender, have 100% of documentation completed, including all service consultants.
b. Reduce the risk of latent conditions variations by searching for all existing documentation of previous works. If no previous information is available, consider opening up areas of the structure to reduce the unknown factors which could eat into the contingency sum.
b. References are the key. Ask for the last five projects, even if they are not all in hospitality, and visit the venues if possible.
c. Have your builder provide a detailed construction programme before entering into a contract.
d. Meet the key members of the construction team, not just the person pricing the work but include the contract manager, site foreman and any other managerial staff.
e. Ensure you have a direct line to the contract manager and site foreman but if you are employing a Contract Administrator, respect their role and advice.
b. Hold fortnightly site meetings and ensure the minutes are distributed. This allows for accountability and can help resolve disputes that would otherwise occur with parties misremembering what was agreed.
c. Confirm all instructions and variations in writing.
d. Inspect quality throughout the process.
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