If you are considering developing a commercial project, you may need to consider issues such as construction costs, time constraints, project scheduling, development options, your organisation’s needs and wants, and how to formulate a project brief.
Based on more than 20 years of architecture practice, I have developed the following list of 10 key mistakes to avoid in commercial projects:
- Organisation or project manager with little or no experience: A commercial project is substantially different to a residential project. Commercial is less about your personal preferences, and more about making smart decisions that affect your organisation’s users, customers and the public. If you’ve been asked to handle a construction project but believe you may not have the necessary experience to conduct such an exercise, consider forming a building committee consisting of key stakeholders. Appointing a suitably experienced architect can help in guiding the committee and process.
- Not Having Proper Documents: Ask yourself if your organisation owns the property on or to which modifications will be made. It may seem an obvious question, but the property deed and cadastral will be needed in order to secure and obtain planning approval. If you are purchasing the property from another owner, you will need consent from that owner before lodging a development application prior to settlement.
- Not Considering Other Site Development Options: Have you considered all of the options for use on the property? Failure to consider this element could mean under-utilising a property’s full potential – for example, it might be overly ambitious or might simply just not be appropriate for the site. Obtain professional, expert advice on reviewing development options.
- Unrealistic Views on Time, Cost & Quality: Is your commercial project brief crystal clear on exactly what is needed, how much it should cost, and how long it will take? Project managers can sometimes fail to take into account these critical factors. For example, while some building procurement options might appear expedient and inexpensive, they can add risk in other project stages and outcomes. If there is a genuine desire to achieve a high-quality finish, it is often inevitable that more time and cost will be involved. Inexpensive building does not necessarily mean faster construction. Architects are trained and qualified in balancing budget with time.
Other key mistakes to avoid:
- Lack of Clarity on Needs & Expectations
- Having an Unrealistic Budget
- Not Understanding the Process of Construction
- Lack of Knowledge of Laws, Codes & Standards
- Lack of Awareness of the Approvals Process
- Lack of Understanding of Priorities
If you would like help and advice in relation to your commercial build, Rechichi Architects offers assistance with project development and implementation, including:
- Construction costs
- Time constraints and project scheduling
- How best to achieve organisation needs and wants – development options
- Development of concise project briefs to inform design
Click here to download the full 10 Mistakes to Avoid When Developing a Commercial Project flyer here (PDF).