Last edited 24 Jun 2015

Construction management: feasibility studies

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The feasibility studies stage considers the options for satisfying the client's needs, enabling the client to prepare a business case for the preferred option and deciding whether to proceed with the project. It is possible to make an outline planning application during this stage if the risk to the project of not receiving planning permission is high, or if delays in receiving planning permission would be problematic.

In this work plan we suggest the construction manager is appointed on completion of concept design. Earlier or later appointment will result in some activities being re-allocated between the consultant team and the construction manager (for example the role of cost consultant).

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[edit] Appointing a consultant team.

The client updates the preliminary business case and strategic brief to reflect comments made at the end of the previous stage and collates pre-construction information ready to issue to the consultant team.

The client appoints the consultant team and other advisers (such as independent client advisers). For a detailed description, see work stage: Construction management: appointment.

The client chairs a consultant team start-up meeting to issue information to the consultant team. This is also an opportunity to establish collaborative practices and agree a programme.

The principal designer (if appointed) checks the client is aware of their duties under the CDM regulations.

[edit] Developing the strategic brief.

The consultant team work with the client to help them develop the strategic brief sufficiently for feasibility studies and options appraisals to be carried out.

The consultant team assess any site information issued to them by the client, and undertake site appraisals. The consultant team obtain any further information about the site that might be required to undertake feasibility studies, such as; site surveys, information about site services, site access conditions, legislative constraints, existing planning consents etc. Where necessary, approval should be sought from the client (for example site surveys requiring additional expenditure).

The lead consultant co-ordinates the preparation of feasibility studies to establish whether the project is viable, and to identify feasible options. The client considers the feasibility studies, and agrees which options the consultant team should develop.

[edit] Preparing an options review report.

The lead designer co-ordinates the identification of any further site surveys or site information required in order to carry out options appraisals and where appropriate seeks approval from the client.

The lead consultant co-ordinates the preparation of a draft options review report.

The client considers the draft options review report and either selects a preferred option or instructs the lead consultant to revise the options review report.

[edit] Preparing a business case and project execution plan.

The lead consultant co-ordinates further assessment of the preferred option in order to assist the client in preparing a full business case and project execution plan, including:

  • The lead designer establishes requirements for statutory approvals and other regulations with which the preferred option must comply.
  • The lead designer co-ordinates consultations with utility providers.
  • The lead consultant co-ordinates an assessment of the need for specialist advice to develop the preferred option and advises the client.

With the benefit of assessments carried out by the consultant team, the client develops the preliminary business case into a business case and project execution plan for the preferred option.

The client considers, and if satisfied, approves the business case and project execution plan for the preferred option and gives instructions to proceed to the next stage along with any other instructions that may be necessary.

At this stage, the client, lead designer and architect may consider whether it would be appropriate to make an outline planning application for the proposed development and direct the consultant team accordingly (if an outline planning application is required at this stage, go to the work stage: Construction management: planning permission).


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