So Sound Design

Project Management

trinity shopping centre, leeds

This was a complex project that required detailed sequencing of the works. The build cost was circa £175 million and involved input from specialist contractors based in the UK and Europe.

It was the role of our project manager to manage the extension to Topshop and Marks and Spencer and their integration into the new shopping centre. High risk activities such as demolition, excavation, asbestos removal and crane lifts had to be safely managed in close proximity to members of the public.

A key issue for the successful delivery of the new shopping centre was the implementation of a key management process that would shape how the project was run and delivered. There were over 100 handovers to retail clients (large and small) and all were handed over on time.

This scheme elevates the positon of Leeds as a key shopping destination and unlike many of its predecessors, will stand the test of time.

*an example of work taken from our project manager's portfolio.

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What is a project manager?
A project manager is a professional who is concerned with ensuring projects are run smoothly, delivered on time, within budget and to the client’s brief.

How much will it cost?
This depends on a number of factors: • Size and complexity of the project; or • How you want to appoint the builder? Will one builder undertake all the works or is it more beneficial to break the project down into different elements or trades; or • Do you want us to be involved in the early stages; reviewing tenders, establishing contracts and appointing the builder, then to step back as the project progresses; perhaps just undertaking periodic reviews and the occasional site visit? Regardless of size and complexity, we aim to be competitive for both domestic and commercial projects, with the aim of saving you money and reducing your exposure to risk.

What should I ask my project manager?
Have you done a similar project to this before? Peter has been involved with projects ranging for a few thousand up to 175 million in sectors such as residential, retail, transport, pharmaceutical and retail. Do you have any references or testimonials? Yes, and we can provide them on request. How long will the project take? This can be confirmed once the design has been produced. Even though we can produce designs for most construction projects, we are happy to work with different Architects should you have already instructed another architect to carry out the design work. What type of contract should we use? We have experience with all the major stand forms of construction contracts. We can tailor them to suit your project and budget. Do you already know of any good builders or trades people we can use? We have been involved in the design and delivery of construction projects for over 20 years. We therefore know many highly skilled and reputable companies to work with.

How would a project manager benefit your project?
We can help your project in a number of ways. We can: • Produce contact and pricing documents; and • Provide advice on standard forms of construction contract; and • Review quotes and appoint builders; and • Check the quality of the works; and • Help to resolve disputes.

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