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We believe that a technical design review is as important as an aesthetic review to ensure that the design is on-track, buildable and deliverable. Regular reviews save time and money by avoiding re-working of designs.

Therefore we  facilitate regular project design reviews. The reviews cover all aspects of the project to help identify progress and problems and is an important part of ensuring quality and minimising risk.

It is important that the reviews are as productive as possible so the attendance of the full design team and cost consultant is important, Clients and other stake holders can attend if appropriate.

The object is not to provide an audit, but to allow the team to take a short break from the day-to-day pressure of producing the design allowing them to step-back and see the project in a wider perspective and to work together for the benefit of the project.

We regularly carry out these reviews with architects on our Help for Architects service.

Timing
The reviews are carried out at the following key stages with the aim of minimising any rework. Each review lasts up four hours with a further two hour follow-up session.
End Stage C   Concept Design
Mid Stage D   Scheme Design
Mid Stage  E  Detailed Design
Mid  Stage FG  Production Information

or the equivalent stages in RIBA Plan of Work 2013.

Agenda
The agenda for each review will be tailored to suit the project and the stage under review, opposite is a typical agenda in Stage E.

The output of the design review is to provide confidence that the project is on track and to ensure that any potential problems are identified and are dealt with at an early stage.

Design Reviews - find out more

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Design Reviews Making sure the Design is On Track
Team presentation of scheme
Client’s areas of concern
Review of project plan
Brief Compliance
Review of cost plan and budget
Site conditions and foundations
Setting out
Movements and tolerances
Waterproofing
Structure
Cladding systems
Services.
Vertical movements systems
CDM and DDA requirements
Levels of QA