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Project Management

The company has a reputation for independent, commercially-focused project management which enables clients to meet their business objectives as well as fulfilling their immediate property requirements. Watts’ project managers never simply deliver a process: they clearly understand how to optimise return on investment by focusing strongly on risk and value.

Contract Administration

Watts' independent, multi-disciplinary approach provides a wide range of specialist knowledge and expertise required to successfully undertake, post appointment, the contract administrator's role in an impartial manner.

This is usually combined with the project managers role pre contract to provide a comprehensive cradle to grave service.

The service:

  • Obtain statutory consents
  • Undertake design and specification duties
  • Initiate and manage appointment of contractor
  • Carry out feasibility studies
  • Issue contractual certificates
  • Identify and manage the making good of defects
  • Post project review and evaluation
  • Assess contractual claims

The Ark
Client: Landid
Office: London
Cost: £21.5 million

Pendlebury Towers
Client: NPS Stockport Ltd
Office: Manchester
Cost: £1.3 million

Employer’s Agent

The use of Design and Build forms of procurement continues to increase as clients pursue projects with cost certainty.  Watts has extensive experience in the project delivery of employer’s agent services on programme, within budget and to high specification. 

The service:

  • Define the responsibilities of the employer, employer’s agent and contractor
  • Represent the employer's interests under the appropriate building contract
  • Appraise and quantify the risks
  • Formulate the employer’s priorities and identify specific requirements
  • Assess and undertake a design audit of the contractor’s proposals to ensure compliance with the employer’s requirements
  • Evaluate contract sum analysis and stage payments and assess value for money
  • Set up quality control procedures  and report on works carried out on site, including site visits
  • Implement changes to the employer’s requirements following approval
  • Agree and recommend stage payments
  • Prepare monthly control statements and cash flow forecasts
  • Ensure operation and maintenance manuals are prepared and approved
  • Advise on practical completion and final completion

Silicon Valley Bank
Client: Silicon Valley Bank
Office: London
Cost: N/A

Ontario Tower & Radisson Hotel
Client: Ballymore Group (EA) Anglo Irish Development Finance (Monitor)
Office: London
Cost: £82 million

John Smith House
Client: Unite The Union
Office: Glasgow
Cost: N/A

Beeston Building 10.1
Client: HSBC Specialist Fund Management
Office: London
Cost: N/A

Programme Management

Watts has wide experience in multiple project environments, allied to a specialism in the care and development of existing buildings. This gives us particular strength in programme management.

The service:

  • Developing a comprehensive brief and set of standards
  • Preparing project and programme plans and targets
  • Appointing teams of specialist support professionals
  • Developing a design and management manual
  • Running pilot projects
  • Directing and monitoring delivery of the programme
  • Monitoring, evaluating and improving processes as the programme proceeds

Lambeth Major Repairs Programme
Client: London Borough of Lambeth
Office: London
Cost: £40 million

Brent Roof Surveys
Client: London Borough Of Brent
Office: London
Cost: N/A

Camden Education
Client: London Borough of Camden
Office: London
Cost: N/A

Project Management

Project management

Our project management teams embody the attributes which characterise the firm: expert professionals, strong client focus and an understanding of the value of property in its widest sense. We work within a multi-disciplinary environment providing rich sources of reference and cross fertilisation of ideas with designers and investment and management advisors.

The service:

  • Project management of all types of building and construction
  • Coordination of programmes implemented by others
  • Client's representation in all aspects of construction and building projects, where the client may not be principle to the process itself
  • Business change management
  • Project rescue and recovery
  • Post project reviews and evaluation

Beeston Building 10.1
Client: HSBC Specialist Fund Management
Office: London
Cost: N/A

New Office & Laboratory Facilities
Client: Scottish Environment Protection Agency
Office: Glasgow
Cost: £12.4 million

Imperial House Site
Client: St Congar Properties Ltd and Europa Capital Partners Ltd
Office: London
Cost: £50 million

Refurbishment and Maintenance Management

Effective planning and delivery of repair and improvement programmes give manager's control over both expenditure and the value of the assets in their care.  Watts provides a systematic approach to the identification, planning, budgeting, procurement, implementation and assurance of work programmes.

The service:

  • Policy – defining objectives, priorities and measures of success
  • Data collection – condition surveys, DDA audits, asbestos, etc
  • Planning and budgeting – identifying programme options (i.e. preventative or corrective), making a business case and securing funding
  • Procurement – technical design and specification of works allied to smart procurement strategies
  • Implementation – project management of programme delivery (e.g. refurbishments)
  • Auditing/monitoring – contractual compliance, technical assurance and benchmarking
  • PPM

The Opera House
Client: Clear Channel Entertainment
Office: Manchester
Cost: £750,000

Commercial Quay
Client: GE Real Estate Limited, c/o WXV
Office: Edinburgh
Cost: £280,000

West London Police Station
Client: Metropolitan Police Service
Office: London
Cost: £1.4 million

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