The Lift Consultancy supported the client extensively from Tender Stage all the way through to Practical Completion. Our services included full technical lift consultancy, Contract Administration and Principle Designer duties under the CDM 2015 Regulations, the client wanted to manage the project themselves.
The client had already received quotations for the replacement of the lifts from three contractors so we are required to ensure their quotations included all of the works required to complete a turnkey project. During our survey of the property we identified the lifts could be installed with a larger opening door set which would achieve full compliance with EN81-70, an enhancement on all of the proposals from the lift contractors and vital for this retirement home. All of the lift contractors quotations were brought into alignment and our tender analysis report was submitted with our recommendations in the appointment of the successful contractor.
During the design stage and prior to the works commencing, a pre-construction information pack was produced to assist the contractor with the Construction Phase Plan as part of the CDM requirements. The construction phase plan was reviewed and commented on before final approval given.
Regular mid-term progress visits and meetings were completed throughout the project, along with reports advising the client of progress made against the agreed programme. The meetings also allowed for any technical and site issues to be discussed, reviewed and resolved in order to minimise potential delays.
Final Acceptance checks were completed at the end of the project, confirming works were installed to the specification and where any defects were highlighted, a defects list was produced. Practical Completion Certificates were issued and a final visit was also completed to sign-off the defects.
Throughout the project, payment applications were reviewed and payment certificates issued.
The biggest challenge when works of this nature is undertaken in an occupied building is noise when the old lifts are removed and the new equipment is installed. In such a noise sensitive environment we advised the client upon the issues faced and it was agreed that the lift contractor was unable to begin any noisy works before 9.30am and during the tenants meal times. Although this added an extra week to the programme for each lift this element was captured before the contract award instead of the client having to suffer the inconvenience of extension to contracts or extra costs for delayed workers on site due to stoppages .