Start at the End and work Backwards
For anyone keen enough to handle their own design and industrial building project, this is a good, professional check list which will help you. Equipment plays a vital role and you must adopt a stitch in time approach which will help you to deliver on time, and in time, to your expectation. Setting unachievable deadlines which produce late and uncontrollable costs at the end of the project can be avoided when you are aware of what steps to take and the order of events. This article provides a typical key headings list for industrial buildings and also covers ground works.
What to put on your List
This may all seem rather obvious but you would be surprised at just how many people forget to book the supply of services or discover well into the project that they have an 8 month wait for electricity or have to pay to pipe in water. By listing out all the tasks, equipment, services and deadlines you can prioritise and plan events and not miss anything out. The most important aspect is the order of events. There is no point in applying for planning consent to be frustrated by other legislation or interested groups whom you did not know existed. You will need either a good agent to help you or be able to assemble a project team, led by an experienced co-ordinator, to ensure you meet all the needs of the project whilst you also do your day time job.
The 7 Key Areas
If you wish to organize your project yourself, here are 7 subject headings to help you.
1) Ground – The knowledge of foundations only started to become prevalent in the Victorian age. You can build on, as well as over, water! Soft ground must be measured for strength. Puddles, reeds and water plants will give you a good idea of what is in the ground. Always start with a test to see what the ground is like then check out the environment.
2) Foundations – These simply fall into 5 groups: – Block, piled, rafted, rock and strip. Block and strip are probably the cheapest, followed by rock, rafted and piled.
3) Above Ground works – Anything that you can see from the slab (floor) upwards, for example canopies, portal frame buildings or factory prepared structures.
4) Access and Natural Light – Windows, doors and roof lights.
5) Servicing – Supply of power and water. Removal of waste (and 'run off' water).
6) Insulation – All materials to prevent heat loss through the walls, roof or floor.
7) Fitting out – The installation of services, communication systems, welfare systems, administration systems, access systems (lifts), doors, lighting, furniture, heating, office and process equipment, alarms and security.
Costs – As a very rough guide whatever the ground works cost, the building is likely to be the same again and the fitting out of the finished shell will be the same as the first two costs combined.