The design and build process will vary from project to project, but ultimately the deciding factors will be balancing cost, performance, aesthetic and architectural requirements. Here, Andy Newman, Director at Lindner Group UK discusses some of the main considerations when it comes to commercial projects.
As with other market sectors, the issue of sustainability remains crucial for new projects. Within the commercial sector, planning permission can even be withheld if certain green standards are not met.
In addition, policies such as the Mayor’s London Infrastructure Plan 2050, which targets big businesses through the capital’s business improvement districts (BIDs), are helping to focus future commercial projects around their environmental impact.
Andy Newman explains:
“Most developers are looking to achieve high standards of excellence when it comes to sustainability. With BREEAM and WELL Standard compliance now a central consideration for every project, we have witnessed an increased adoption of environmentally friendly designs and methods of construction to minimise and reduce the impact on our environment.”
One particular trend that continues to be seen is the specification of inverted roofs. Designed with the waterproofing membrane beneath the insulation instead of above it, the membrane is protected form temperature fluctuations – protecting it from wear and tear. This not only has a positive impact on Whole Life Costs (WLC), but also ensures heat loss from the building is kept to a minimum.
Supply Chain Collaboration
Collaboration between supply chain partners is central to all projects whether a building is commercial or not. Ensuring a smooth working relationship helps Prater achieve the best possible results for the end client.
A good example of this is Prater’s work on Angel Court. Appointed to provide a hot melt package to Angel Court’s roof and podium areas. Prater collaborated with supply chain partner Radmat to ensure thermal requirements and Part M access requirements were met without compromising aesthetics.
“Having worked with Radmat on previous projects, we knew that we could rely on them to provide us with a quality product, technical advice, on-site application assessment and any necessary training required during the successful installation of the product,” explains Andy. “Angel Court was a truly collaborative process which allowed us to achieve the best possible results for the project.”
The adoption of BIM and digital engineering within the industry has seen complex designs become increasingly prevalent – this is a growing trend within the commercial sector as end-clients continue to push the boundaries of design. Prater is a keen advocate of BIM, and as such it is estimated that 80% of its commercial projects have utilised a full BIM strategy.
By running each build phase through BIM, Prater can detect potential site issues at the earliest possible stage, as well as identifying potential clashes during the construction process. By coupling BIM with offsite construction methods, Prater can offer even greater control over quality and timing.
With a strong in-house technical team and the desire to collectively exceed all expectations, Prater is expertly placed to play an integral role in the successful delivery of commercial projects.