Construction News recently reported worrying statistics revealing that fewer than half of all construction projects are completed on time, which has serious implications for the industry as a whole.
While it might sound obvious, I believe the success of a project comes down to having a full understanding of exactly where you fit into the overall complexities and logistics of the project.
Working closely with the architects and main contractors from the outset and taking care not to think about our contribution in isolation to the rest of the build is essential, ensuring the design is realised in a practical way and any potential challenges are resolved at an early stage for a smooth installation process.
Washroom tries to realise this by having one team look after the whole process from initial design through to manufacture and installation, which reduces the chance for error and delay.
Each project is also allocated a dedicated project manager who understands the scheme as a whole and can make decisions quickly should any issues arise on site.
The installation team is also able to make any slight adjustments to products on site, which cuts down on time wasted.
“Constantly investing in smarter, more efficient ways of working is an ideal way to reduce avoidable delays”
CAD has played a major part in reducing delays for us, as each individual product can be accurately represented in 3D and in context of the site, which forces any potential issues to the surface before products even go into manufacture.
At Washroom, we’ve expanded the storage space at our factory specifically to accommodate products manufactured prior to installation, as well as having a constant supply of more unusual materials.
In addition, we are able to provide a complete mock-up service ahead of the scheduled installation.
This allows for any tweaks to be made to the design and provides the chance to iron out any potential issues, saving valuable time on site and reducing the margin for error and therefore delay.
One link in the chain
While working around other trades on site can be difficult, especially in areas where space is limited, it can at times be an advantage, which again is why having a holistic view of each project can be incredibly beneficial.
For example, on a recent office refurbishment project, the architect specified bespoke 4 m-long Corian vanity troughs, to be manufactured in complete lengths.
We liaised with other contractors in order to make use of external heavy lifting equipment already in place on site, allowing us to deliver each complete trough through the windows on each floor, speeding up the process as well as saving costs.
Constantly investing in smarter, more efficient ways of working is an ideal way to reduce avoidable delays.
This year we’ve invested in new sophisticated CNC technology and manufacturing equipment to ensure we can easily meet demand and continue to deliver products on time.
Keeping firmly in mind the knowledge that we’re one link in a whole chain during a project, whatever steps all contractors take to minimise delays can make meeting deadlines a much less challenging prospect.
Trevor Bowers is director at Washroom Washroom