Clients and their design agents often have a sense of what they want to achieve, but on occasion this is based on products or solutions they may have seen in operation elsewhere, at another facility. Whether this item or a variation is the best fit or even a good fit for their project and compatible with other requirements and site constraints can really only be ascertained after full a process of needs analysis.
In the early stages of a project, we can act as a sounding board for client ideas, delving deeper into their needs and desires. We will consider the anticipated technology, the frequency of use, duration of individual sessions, project design life, the size of audiences, the environmental conditions, the building constraints, the range of staff and visitors that may use the facility, internal routes to the facility, security implications, running costs etc.
It is usually best to keep an open mind in these early stages and be prepared to discuss openly all envisaged purposes and key project objectives. Through this process of discussion, discovery and documentation will come the clarity that reveals or verify the best overall fit with the project goals, budgets and constraints.
Once the findings of the needs analysis have been verified by the client, this documented result will feed into the preparation of a quotation for design & build projects, or feed into the production of documentation and drawings for projects going to a competitive tender bidding process.
We can assist the tender selection process by the scoring of tender returns against the technical performance criteria and following the selection and installation attend the commissioning of the final installation to ensure it meets the specifications in the documentation.