New blog post – 10 mistakes to avoid when developing a Retail or Hospitality project

New blog post – 10 mistakes to avoid when developing a Retail or Hospitality project

by Philip Doyle, January 7, 2016

10 mistakes to AVOID when developing a Retail or Hospitality project

Before embarking on the procurement of your new Retail or Hospitality building project, it is important to ask yourself a series of very important questions.

While the answers to some of these may seem obvious, they still serve as a useful checklist to help you gather the information you need prior to your first meeting with the project architect.
Here are some of the mistakes to avoid when commencing your Retail or Hospitality project,  we hope you will find them useful.

We have put 6 of the points on this blog post. If you want the full 10 points downloadable pdf presentation document or a hard copy posted just go to our website and fill in the details – don’t worry it will only take 2 minutes.

Contents

1.   NO EXPERIENCE

2.   NOT HAVING PROPER DOCUMENTS

3.   NOT CONSIDERING OTHER SITE DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS

4.   UNREALISTIC VIEWS ON TIME, COST & QUALITY

5.   LACK OF CLARITY ON NEEDS & EXPECTATIONS

6.   HAVING AN UNREALISTIC BUDGET

7.   NOT UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS OF CONSTRUCTION

8.   LACK OF KNOWLEDGE OF LAWS, BUILDING REGULATIONS & STANDARDS

9.   LACK OF AWARENESS OF THE PLANNING AND BUILDING CONTROL APPROVALS PROCESS

10.  LACK OF UNDERSTANDING OF PRIORITIES

1.   NO EXPERIENCE

Do you have experience in building a commercial
project? If so, was it a good or bad experience?

The issues you encounter when developing a commercial building differ from those involved
in building a home for yourself. It is less about your personal preferences
and more about making smart decisions that affect your organisation’s
users, customers and the general public. These issues include functionality,
economy, life safety, security,efficiency,flexibility, and the environment.
If you lack the specific experience, it might be useful to put together a building committee
comprising the various key stakeholders in order to make important decisions about the
building. It will be useful to appoint an architect who can guide you or the committee
through the process.

For more information on this, download our Developer’s Guide,

“How to Hire an Architect,” available in the Downloads EXPERT GUIDES section of    www.doyleandpartners.ie


2.   NOT HAVING PROPER DOCUMENTS

Do you own the property you are planning to develop? This may seem obvious, but having the Deed
for the property is required for planning approval. Combined with the cadastral, these  useful to put together a building committee  comprising the various key stakeholders in order to make important decisions about the building. It will be useful to appoint an architect who can guide you or the committee through the process.


3.   NOT CONSIDERING OTHER SITE DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS

Have you considered all the options for use on your property?
While you may already have a plan in mind,  you may be under utilising your properties’
potential. It may not be the right project for your site, or it may be overly ambitious.
Expert advice is needed here to assist you  with your final development plan.

4.   UNREALISTIC VIEWS ON TIME, COST & QUALITY

How clear are you on exactly what you need, what it should cost, and how long it should take?

These critical factors are directly related to one another. There are building procurement
options that accelerate the speed of construction, but add risk in other areas
such as quality or cost. Higher quality may have longer timelines and cost more, while building
inexpensively may mean lower quality but not necessarily faster delivery. Determining
the right balance of time, cost and quality is a delicate balance that your architect is trained
to provide guidance on for your project.

5.   LACK OF CLARITY ON NEEDS & EXPECTATIONS

It is important to discuss with your architect what your needs and expectations are, not
only to solicit his advice but also so that the design can be tested against these metrics
as it is being developed. Design is not merely about what a project looks like, but more
appropriately how efficiently it functions in meeting your needs as well as the needs of
the building’s users.

6.   HAVING AN UNREALISTIC BUDGET 

Do you have a budget, and are you confident that you have taken into account all cost elements?

Building estimates move from very broad to more detailed and accurate as a design is
developed and specified. A quantity surveyor with the correct guidance from an architect can develop a preliminary budget that will take into consideration all cost elements as well as provide the right amount of contingency.

In summary, we recommend treating the questions above as a checklist before launching your project. If you would like to explore your needs and options early, before having to pay exorbitant design fees or worse yet, abortive construction costs, we invite you to contact us
and allow us to prepare a Needs and Options Review for your project. If on the other hand, you know exactly what you want and are ready to proceed, call us to have a chat with one of our directors.

D + P  – NEEDS AND OPTIONS REVIEW
“A surgeon wouldn’t operate without a proper diagnosis, so…”
The Problem:
It is not uncommon for people to know they want to do a building project, and have thought about it quite a bit – but just don’t know how best to start…!
Or worse, launch into an expensive design service without establishing a relationship or worse still, not carefully established the groundwork for the project.

The initial NEEDS AND OPTIONS REVIEW works in the same way. It will allow you to start an exploration designed to precisely understand your requirements and potential roadblocks, then gives:
• Findings and Recommendations;
• A Plan to move forward;
• A Timeline and Rough Order of Cost.
It starts a strategy designed to precisely understand your requirements, and then give findings and recommendations, and a plan to move forward with a timeline and rough order of cost to assist your budget.

CLick on the link below to see our video that explains our process that can save you a lot of time and money and book a appointment.

http://www.doyleandpartners.ie/design-vision-package/

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