Commercial / Industrial Development
VCL Consultants have considerable experience in relation to Commercial and Industrial Development. VCL work with the Developer, Planning Authority and potential end user in order to achieve a superior standard of Commercial Development which is both cost effective and highly marketable.
VCL are happy to be able to offer a further service within our suite of construction services being Project Management. Project Management is essentially taking over the design, tender, supervision and finalisation of a project on behalf of a client. In order to do this VCL insist on interacting closely with the client to ensure that their visions and requirements for the project are fulfilled.
For major projects, or projects being constructed under Design Build contracts it is important that the Employer’s Representative is competent and capable to protect the client’s interests across technical, legal and financial areas. VCL has many years’ experience protecting our clients in this manner.
Surveying – Setting Out
Setting out will generally be undertaken using a controlled station set down in the initial topographical survey in order to accurately position buildings and infrastructure as required by the developer. A topographic survey involves the production of maps and plans which are true to scale. Topographic maps are produced to accurately represent details of both the natural and built environment they will also include symbols representing features or data too small to produce to scale.
Height information is added in most cases as spot heights and feature elevations. This height information is related to a control datum such as ordnance datum or a fixed local datum. Height information is also used to generate contours to provide a better visual representation of the changes in terrain height across the site. We regularly carry out high standard site surveys for our clients. Topographical and site surveys are directed towards planning and design for Architectural and Engineering purposes. Precise control networks are established using total station survey techniques.
VCL’s Assigned Certifier process, includes not only compliance with the regulatory requirements but also the inspections required to ensure our clients get the highest quality project possible.
Project Supervision & Inspection
Whether you decide to opt-in or opt-out or the BCMS system, VCL can guide you through your project and can carry out all architectural and engineering inspections and project supervision. If you are unsure of what route to take, our team will advise you on each and discuss the supervision and inspection requirements that your particular project will need.
Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP)
VCL recognises that it is essential that hazards are designed out of the building process and the use of that building at the earliest stage possible. VCL will engage with our client to ensure we meet all the necessary requirements under the Health and Safety Regulations.
Fire Safety Certificates
VCL can advise on whether a fire safety certificate is required for your building, and can prepare and lodge the application for you with the local Fire Officer. Single dwelling houses do not need a fire safety certificate, however we will ensure that your building complies with Part B (fire) of the Building Regulations.
Disability Access Certificates (DAC)
VCL can advise on whether a disability access certificate is required for your building, and can prepare and lodge the application for you with the local Building Control Officer. Single dwelling houses do not need disability access certificates, however we will ensure that your house complies with Part M (access) of the Building Regulations.