When the ‘The Holyrood Project’, the Scottish Parliament Building, was eventually completed, it was talked of less for its splendour, than for the fact that it was three years late and had cost 10 times its original price tag.
Yet cost and time overruns are commonplace in construction, with KPMG estimating that almost one in seven projects are over budget by more than 10%. Their report picks out several factors:
Poor allocation of time and resources
Lack of foresight
Poor communication/opposing stakeholder and competitor views
The scope of the project takes a different path
Materials and equipment overspend/failure
An underlying common root shared by these issues is a failure to clearly communicate what is required at each stage of the project, and that begins long before teams arrive on site.
Why experience counts
Over three decades working in landscape construction has taught our teams that we have a responsibility to fully understand client expectations, and every aspect of their project requirements.
Only by doing so, can we pre-empt problems and truly add value.
It is no longer enough for suppliers to be knowledgeable about their own business, as that risks a ‘silo’ approach, where critical issues can be missed.
What matters to developers is that they have a team on board that understands each step required and how to make proactive suggestions so that a project remains on track. It is why Valley Provincial invests in detailed planning and site coordination.
During one recent project, for example, some of the products specified would have required minimum order quantities as special-order items. We were able to recommend alternatives, which in turn saved our client a considerable amount of time and money.
Whilst time and money in construction are always at risk, the last 30 years have taught us that experience is essential to mitigate loss.
It is what we mean when we talk about a complete service – from initial conversation to final sign-off, our approach is designed to work for you.