Our pre contract services can begin at project inception or beyond and continue up to main contract or cladding contract package tender, working directly for clients, developers, project managers, architects or other members of the project team.
Our expertise in 3D modelling allows us to explore building forms at micro scale, examining key elements and interfaces on an individual component basis. It also allows us to rationalise complex building forms, and without losing sight of the original design intent, make subtle changes to the envelope to either address a design challenge or reduce fabrication and installation costs.
Our in-depth knowledge of the industry allows us to provide expert advice. We have developed a first-class knowledge of the industry in general and have an enviable insight and appreciation of the capabilities of the majority of cladding contractors. This allows us to critically evaluate the project tender list and either recommend suitable contractors or provide an informed opinion about those suggested.
We have found that the best way to get a clear understanding of the client’s expectations is to work closely with the architect and design team, continually asking questions to help distill and clarify thinking. Our ‘design workshops’ help to explore and develop creative ideas and solutions. Our approach relies heavily on free hand sketching, allowing quick exploration of options that can be further developed in to 3D computer models or project specific CAD drawings if required.
Building envelope performance
We make full use of both 2D and 3D computer analysis programs to accurately model and assess the performance of the design as it develops. Doing so helps to limit the risk of condensation and the effects of cold bridges in the facade and ensures that specified performance requirements can be reliably met in practice.
Ensuring the specification is correct is fundamental to the success of the project at tender, construction and after completion.
We can produce outline specifications at early project stages to engage with the industry for initial cost feedback. These can then be progressed to full performance specifications for tender.