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Design management

An increasing number of players are now involved in the construction process. The link between the various parties and an integrated approach to completion of the project is by no means certain. Precisely in the areas where the client would expect that these aspects are guaranteed. The term ‘design management’ comes to the surface more and more often. It is becoming a catch-all concept with everyone having their own understanding of it. What does design management mean at ABT?

Coherence and connection 
To create coherence, to make connections between the various parties, to effect integrated solutions along with the design team: this is the driving force of the design manager. It starts with the Programme of Requirements and the available construction budget: do the aims and the budget fit? Are the client's demands clear? These questions are often not considered properly. Whereas the project only really starts for us at this point.
If aims and budget are in alignment, the project can be launched with the consultants and team partners needed.

Integrated approach
Where previously architect, builder and systems huddled together, a multiplicity of disciplines are now needed: ranging from building physics to cost control and structural consultants. The need for an integrated approach is then more than desirable. Certainly at a time when specialists, consultants and other parties soon limit themselves to or withdraw into their own disciplines on account of the multiplicity of standards and requirements that they have to comply with themselves.

The design manager weaves these services together, facilitates, coordinates these technical processes and helps the team to rise above itself in its engineering. In this he is as it were the spider in the web, although preferably as invisible as possible. After all, the design manager is not a project manager and the first point of contact for everything, he is rather the arbitrator who allows others to excel.

The design manager may include in their team both the so-called final client and the contractor in D&B or UAV / gc contracts. After all, the integrated approach must take place in the design stage of a project in any case. With both traditional projects and with newer types of contract. With the latter type of contract, the need for a good design manager has become increasingly important.

According to ABT, a design manager thus not only is service-oriented, listens and asks questions. He is also a team player who acts as coach and provides direction to the task. Who is able to think abstractly and is flexible in approaching the task. But the ABT design manager is certainly also: structurally skilled, knowledgeable about GOTIK aspects and able to apply them in a design process. And of course someone who communicates clearly and intelligibly and links all parties with each other.

In short, the design manager is a multi-talent who knows how to bring every project to a successful conclusion.

Contracts and building law
Construction is changing increasingly rapidly. Where previously the client, the contractor and the consultants had clearly separate responsibilities, these have become increasingly intertwined over recent years. Contractors help with design, consultants take on contracts themselves, tasks are spread over several parties with a  BIM model. These developments require a suitable contract. ABT helps you in the choice of the correct type of contract and is happy to draw up the contracts for you.

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