The firm of KempsWeir Lawyers was looking to refurbish their office while extending their lease with landlord Goodman – utilising the summer holiday period to vacate the space for the construction. While cost was essential to both the client and the tenant, the tight programme was a key driver, especially restraints associated with leveraging the use of downtime for construction. While in theory, this was a smart approach, it is also popular with the market, which means securing resources can be difficult.
RDT Pacific identified that employing a contractor via a typical procurement method carried the risk of severe programme implications outside of the client’s and tenant’s expectations. RDT Pacific, therefore, utilised Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) to allow long lead time items such to fall within the construction programme timeframes.
Working with Lanta Commercial Interiors from an early stage, RDT Pacific also developed a detailed programme which made it clear that KempsWeir would require temporary accommodation for part of the construction works even with early orders in place. Goodman was then able to plan and find KempsWeir a conveniently located temporary space within the Central Park Estate.
A well-detailed design by STACK Business Interiors prior to Lanta’s engagement meant that the contractor was able to price the works well and there were only minor cost variations. Overall the project was a great example of prior planning to meet all stakeholder expectations. KempsWeir is delighted with their new office space, which will help them showcase their brand and engage their clientele.