When the design phase is complete, it’s time to craft the build. If the client has signed up to a full drawing package, construction details will be numerous and the plan set complex. If the clients have requested just a basic level of design, for instance a DA compliant plan set, the plans will be light on detail. Either way, engaging Hydromedial to undertake a review of the plans as well as the site can provide clarity on compliance and buildability. Areas where this is often critical include junctions between existing structures and newly built structures, heritage adaptive reuse, wet walls (basements and buildings where one or more external walls are also retaining walls) and roof-top gardens. As architects and designers know all too well, ambiguity often translates into variations and unforeseen costs, creating undue strain on all concerned. Identifying any potential areas of ambiguity and providing clear and precise notes pertaining to the scope of work prior to sending out documents for tender, can mitigate most variations that may otherwise arise. We can distinguish any potential areas of doubt, allowing building projects to ensue in a composed and efficient manner.
Services specific to the design community include:
- Review plans and specifications prior to the tender process to identify areas of non-compliance or ambiguity which may lead to costly variations for your clients.
- Composite cladding reviews.
- Waterproofing specifications and drainage design for basements and wetwalls and roof gardens.
- Quantity estimating on proposed new build and renovation plans including major and minor works.
- Tender documentation & evaluation: Hydromedial can assist with the provision of detailed documentation following a pre-issue review. This step in the process will highlight any gaps in the tender documents allowing for complete and precise tender submissions from builders and contractors. Ambiguity within scope of works documentation can lead to unexpected variation claims once the project has commenced. We can issue the documentation to builders, review the tender submissions and assess and compare tender submissions to achieve pricing clarity.
- Provide detailed assessment of variations on a range of projects, from smaller renovations through to multi-unit remedial projects.
- Quality control inspections for major and minor works: This service can be incorporated within the architect’s fee or Hydromedial can be engaged directly by the client. We can provide feedback on construction and installation compliance of structural and non-structural components, flashings, waterproofing details and general deemed to satisfy provisions of the NCC and compliance with Australian Standards.
- Advise on material suitability and interaction with existing materials: e. in the case of additions or restoration to heritage properties, waterproofing suitability and masonry restoration. This service is also applicable to new builds and contemporary renovations.
- Defect identification and resolution: Hydromedial can investigate areas of failure within an existing dwelling such as water ingress, structural failure due to non-compliant drainage and non-structural building defects. We identify, document and provide solutions to the problem.
- Pre-handover inspection: Hydromedial consulting can undertake detailed assessment of the project prior to the builder claiming practical completion. Any non-compliant items can be identified at this point and included within the defect list which can then be referred to the builder for rectification.
- Dispute resolution: Hydromedial can assist architects and designers with conflicts that may arise during a project. This may include remedial design to rectify compliance or installation issues that provide an economic and workable solution for both parties. Often builders will apply long held methods which may not be suitable for the installation of modern materials or designs. If tensions flare, Hydromedial can be engaged to assess the item / system and provide advice on a way forward which supports the needs of both parties.