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May 31, 2024

Commercial Support for Contractors Two-Storey Extension Project in Lyme Regis

In the picturesque coastal town of Lyme Regis, a remarkable transformation has taken place. Axminster Design and Build, renowned for their bespoke construction projects, embarked on an ambitious two-storey extension. This project aimed to create a stunning new space featuring an open-plan kitchen and dining area with a lantern roof light, a cozy snug room, a new bathroom, and a master bedroom with an ensuite. Integral to the project’s success was the commercial support provided by SL Quantity Surveying (SW) Limited, whose expertise ensured the project was completed efficiently, within budget, and to the highest standards of quality.

Project Overview: The two-storey extension was designed to enhance the living space of a charming Lyme Regis residence, blending modern amenities with the character of the original structure. The primary components of the extension included:

  • Open-Plan Kitchen and Dining Area**: A spacious, light-filled area designed for family gatherings and entertaining, highlighted by a striking lantern roof light.
  • Snug Room: A cozy retreat for relaxation, providing a quiet and intimate space within the home.
  • Bathroom: A modern and functional addition to cater to the family’s needs.
  • Master Bedroom with Ensuite: A luxurious and private space, featuring an ensuite bathroom for added convenience.
  • Underfloor Heating: Installed throughout the ground floor to provide efficient and comfortable heating.

SL Quantity Surveying (SW) Limited’s Role played a pivotal role in the project, providing comprehensive commercial support from inception to completion. Their involvement encompassed several key areas:

  • Cost Estimation and Budgeting: One of the initial challenges in any construction project is accurate cost estimation. SL Quantity Surveying (SW) Limited conducted a thorough analysis of the project requirements, materials, and labour costs to develop a detailed budget.
  • Cost Control and Monitoring: Throughout the construction phase, SL Quantity Surveying (SW) Limited maintained stringent cost control measures through: Regular Cost Reports, which provided the client with detailed reports on expenditure against the budget, highlighting any variances. Change management, assessing the financial impact of any changes to the project scope and ensuring they were accounted for in the budget.
  • Interim Valuations and Payments. To ensure the project remained financially on track, SL Quantity Surveying (SW) Limited managed interim valuations and payments. This process included: Progress valuations by assessing the value of work completed at various stages of the project. Cash Flow Management, ensuring the project’s cash flow remained positive to avoid delays and financial strain.


Project Challenges and Solutions

Every construction project encounters challenges, and the Lyme Regis extension was no exception. SL Quantity Surveying (SW) Limited and Axminster Design and Build’s expertise was crucial in addressing these issues:

  • Coastal Weather Conditions: The coastal location of Lyme Regis posed unique challenges, particularly with weather conditions affecting the construction schedule. A robust project timeline with built-in contingencies for weather-related delays, this proactive approach ensured minimal disruption to the overall project timeline.
  • Integration with Existing Structure: Blending the new extension seamlessly with the existing structure required meticulous planning and coordination. Clear communication between architects, builders, and subcontractors ensured structural integrity and aesthetic consistency. Regular site inspections were conducted to address any integration issues promptly.
  • Custom Features and Finishes: The inclusion of custom features, such as the lantern roof light and underfloor heating, required specialised knowledge and careful coordination. Working closely with suppliers and installers to ensure these elements were executed flawlessly, the attention to detail ensured that the lantern roof light not only provided an abundance of natural light but also became a focal point of the new living space.

Client Satisfaction and Project Outcome

The collaboration between Axminster Design and Build and SL Quantity Surveying (SW) Limited resulted in a successful project that exceeded the client’s expectations. Key outcomes included:

  • On-Time Completion: Despite the challenges, the project was completed within the agreed timeline, allowing the family to enjoy their new space as planned.
  • Budget Adherence: Through diligent cost management, the project remained within budget, providing excellent value for the client.
  • High-Quality Finish: The meticulous planning and execution resulted in a high-quality finish, with the new extension seamlessly blending with the original structure and meeting all the client’s specifications.
  1. Conclusion

The two-storey extension project in Lyme Regis stands as a testament to the effective partnership between Axminster Design and Build and SL Quantity Surveying (SW) Limited. Through comprehensive commercial support, SL Quantity Surveying (SW) Limited ensured the project was completed on time, within budget, and to the highest standards of quality. Their expertise in cost estimation, tendering and cost control was instrumental in overcoming challenges and delivering a space that perfectly meets the needs and aspirations of the homeowners. This project not only enhanced the living space of the residence but also added significant value, showcasing the transformative power of expert quantity surveying in modern construction projects.

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