Pre-Construction Information Pack – What Is It & Why Do You Need It?
What Is A Pre-Construction Information Pack?
The pre-construction information pack is often confused with building regulations, which are actually a very small sub set of what’s in the pack. It includes:
1. Full Construction Drawings
For most house schemes this will be between 30 and 40 detailed drawings from foundations to window and door detailing. They will often include drawings of sections through parts of the house showing specific details so you can be confident the design details you’ve discussed with your architect will be executed once on site.
2. Finishes Schedule
This document details the specific fixtures, fitting and finishes in every room of the house as well as the materials to be used externally. Working closely with your architect should help you to make the necessary decisions given both your aspirations for your home and your budget.
3. Building Regulations Information
This is a relatively small amount of information required to satisfy a building control body that the scheme will meet the required regulations. This may be a local authority or independent company.
Why Do You Need A Pre-Construction Information Pack?
This comprehensive pack of documents is crucial for several reasons:
1. Accurate Costing
It allows the scheme to be accurately costed and for a reliable fixed contract sum to be agreed
2. Accurate Construction
It provides all the information needed from which to construct the house, thus ensuring it is built as designed and not diluted by vagaries that allow a builder to interpret the design and specification as he sees fit
3. Enables Contract Administration
It provides a robust set of documentation from which the construction contract can be administered i.e. monthly contractor valuations for work undertaken and any variations you might want to make
To read more about contract administration then click here.
4. Allows Cost Engineering
A rigorous technical design process allows the opportunity for cost engineering as you go
5. Reduces Interpretation & Misunderstanding
Without the necessary documentation, the scheme will be open to interpretation and misunderstanding. It can lead to the dilution of the design as contractors interpret the information they do have, sometimes to suit themselves. In our experience this leads to an adversarial culture on the site and a high likelihood of unexpected additional costs.
6. It Saves You Money
Money spent on a comprehensive pre-construction information pack will be saved many times over in value engineering if you progress down a negotiated contract route or tender evaluation if you choose a tendering route.
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