At Synergy Construction, we believe that each project begins when the job is being quoted, one of the most crucial stages in the entire process. Mitigating risks and avoiding cost oversights are important considerations that we factor in from the outset. Drawing on our experience in the tendering of projects, we utilise a systematic and organised approach to ensure that we deliver the greatest value to our clients — without compromising on functionality or quality. As part of this ‘value engineering’ system, we actively look for opportunities to identify and minimise unnecessary costs by presenting less expensive alternatives while keeping in line with the design intent.
An experienced, detail-oriented team is key to this process. The Synergy team believe that problem solving is made far more effective when potential concerns are anticipated and overcome during the planning phase of the project. There are many factors to consider — site limitations, transport, available materials, construction methodology, safety, maintenance. The list goes on. It is our job to be across all of these elements of the project to ensure that we can also deliver the build within the agreed timescale. With all of this in mind, we are aware that the tendering process requires a creative, team-based approach to generate alternative solutions if we foresee the need.
So, how can we ensure that we deliver the greatest value without compromising on quality? Well, in short, we get creative. We speculate about the possibilities available to us. We workshop ideas and alternatives to determine where we might be able to make reasonable cost savings. We analyse and evaluate the functionality we are looking to achieve for the build to gauge a realistic and specific balance of timing, cost and resources. Without getting philosophical, there is a combination of art and science underlying what we do. Without our shared ability to envision the finished project and all of the steps needed to get there, we wouldn’t be able to deliver on it.
While the ‘speculation phase’ of value engineering might on the surface sound a little like industry jargon, to us it’s critical. It allows us to create a clear picture of how aesthetics and architectural intent can be synthesised with the practical considerations that drive every project. Time, cost and functionality are the ever-pressing factors that we must continually negotiate. By anticipating as many foreseeable complexities when tendering for a project, we know that we can derisk the project and avoid the speed bumps before the race has even started.
Value engineering is not the same as cost-cutting. We’re not interested in scope reduction or compromising on our client’s intent and objectives. Ultimately, these strategies enable us to be proactive rather than reactive. We have greater control over every aspect of the construction if the planning and organisation is thorough and detailed. Estimation is not just about the act of calculating quantities. It’s about estimating objectives, intentions and what value means to all parties — and striking a balance between all of the crucial elements of the project from its inception.