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Bridging the Gap Between Design and Build

Bridging the Gap Between Design and Build

It is essential for the industry to bridge the gap between design and build. Doing so can help reduce costs, time of construction and increase efficiency. If there is good communication between the designers and the contractors early on, any potential gaps can be identified and rectified, saving time and effort for all parties involved. In this panel discussion, we talk to industry leaders on how this gap can be bridged and look at some of the key takeaways from that conversation.

Early Communication Between the Architect and Contractor is Key

A lack of communication between the architect and contractor in the early stages can create major problems later and result in increased costs and time and a reduction in productivity. Sometimes, if the issue is detected too late, major changes and adjustments will be required, leading to wastage of materials in addition to increasing costs and project time. So, clear and regular communication between the architect and the contractor is recommended right from the early stages. Some even advise that the communication should start at the design phase, so that the majority of any obvious issues are avoided.

Using Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence Tools to Eliminate Risks

Using the various virtual-reality and artificial-intelligence tools available on the market today, designers can eliminate risks beforehand, as the aim of such software is to give the designer a realistic view of what the final product would look like. Software such as BIM and CAD is also configured with artificial intelligence that will automatically make the technical changes where required, depending on the design. This software is also configured with specifications mentioned in Building Standards so that the final design is compliant with local regulations and is completely safe for the end-user.

Switching to Modular Designs and Offsite Construction Methods

With the pandemic, the demand for offsite construction and modular designs is on the rise. From frames to facades and balconies, the scope of MMC is quite wide. Opting for such modular solutions can greatly help to reduce the risks of an error on site and help speed up the construction process. As these modular structures are created in a factory environment, it is easier to communicate with the client on designs that can be customised with ease to meet specific requirements and reduce the chance of errors. Companies like Sapphire communicate with their clients and design balconies based on the specifications requested that are easy to install and maintain over the years.

Creating a Spirit of Cooperation Between Design and Built Environments

One way of increasing collaboration between design and built environments is by creating a construction administration team. This team can help to develop a spirit of cooperation within the project and help to build relationships with the owners and contractors. All the parties should try to understand the others’ unique perspectives and be receptive to suggestions and feedback. This can greatly help to ensure a successful project. Construction managers will be required to motivate teams so that they can work in harmony towards shared goals. This can be achieved through clear communication among all stakeholders, growing the relationship between owners and contractors and creating a spirit of cooperation on the job site.

To learn more about bridging the gap between design and the built environment, don't forget to attend our virtual event on, where we talk to industry leaders like Luke Haughton, Tony Ball, Ken Farron, Mathewe Bennett and others on their views on how this gap can be bridged effectively in the industry.


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