Top tips when building an extension for your office

Parts and cladding warranties can be up to 50 years; the buildings are fabricated to the customer’s exact size requirements and comply with all insurance requirements as well as building control regulations. Because the building is not demountable, it can be financed through a mortgage and is regarded as an asset.

Being a more substantial, longer-term construction means that steel-clad temporary structures require more detailed project planning and project management, have to be set on a level concrete or tarmac base and will incur time and cost applying for the necessary planning and building control permissions. Depending on size, they may also be subject to the HSE’s Construction (Design & Management) Regulations.

Once you’ve decided on the role and longevity of your project and have taken all the building type pros and cons into consideration, you’ll be in a position to make the right decision on the way forward.

3. Decide how you want to proceed

It may be that an extension or new-build project provides a welcome distraction from day-to-day business. However, it isn’t very often that we come across business owners who want to replace revenue-earning activity with the delays, complications, frustrations and disappointment that can come from any kind of construction.

The latter may involve working with architects whose experience with the practicalities of your requirements is secondary to their desire to justify their fees with the creation of award-winning and costly designs. It could entail engaging a planning consultant without the expertise in design that could help to speed up the process of obtaining planning permission.

Taking on the tender process and project management can also create significant headaches measuring up each proposal against the others and working with a range of sub-contractors who are more focused on shifting blame than they are on delivering a quality solution for the customer.

Working with a business that can provide a turnkey solution – from initial brief to final handover – removes much of the hassle and enables you to focus on your core business.

Antony Hunt is MD of Smart-Space.

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