You have been appointed by a client company to advise it on a possible development project in which the client might invest. Your commission from the client requires you to prepare a report on the project you propose, and analyse it from the point of view of the client, to enable it to decide on whether to implement the project. Such an analysis considers the project in a comprehensive manner, from pre-design to completion and operation.
The project you propose may be: (i) one on which you have worked, and to which you have access to the data and information, and the permission to use it for such an academic task; (ii) a project on which information, data and drawings are available in your office; or (iii) one on which you can find
information (either on the internet or in a publication or report). To give the client a means of comparison in the decision-making process, the project you propose should enable you to suggest two possible options which can be undertaken by the client, on the same site.
You should note the following features of each of the two potential alternative schemes for the project which you propose to the client:
a. the scheme should not be too complex, but also, not overly simple
b. the scheme should be one on which you can undertake a full time-based financial analysis and obtain a level of profit for the client to use to compare the profit and other key aspects of the two schemes which you analyse for the client to consider
c. the two possible schemes which you propose as options for the project should be substantially different
d. you should be able to obtain the basic production information on the scheme of the project you finally propose for the client to undertake, such as sketch drawings, material and component schedules and project specifications
e. each of the schemes should be suitable for the site you identify as the location of your project.
The assignment has two parts: an Interim Report; and a Main Report, on the development of the project you propose to the client.
Interim Report (10%)
The Interim Report is intended to provide the client with an outline of your initial considerations for the selection of the project. It comprises a short note on the client, a short account of the site you have identified, “a statement of intent” on the project you propose; and a bar chart.
You should write a statement of intent for the project you would propose for the client to consider.
This statement should, among other things: describe the location and the site; provide a brief
description of the essence and key components of the project. It should also indicate (without providing any details) a possible alternative to the main development scheme you have proposed. You should prepare a Bar Chart for the project, showing when preceding and concurrent critical tasks are to be completed. The bar chart should consider activities on the
project from pre-design to completion and operation. (You could use the RIBA Plan of Work (2013) to provide a framework for preparing the bar chart.)
Main Project Report (90%)
Description pf project and financial analyses
You should describe the client’s company and the site, and provide a full description of the
proposed development. You should outline the two separate schemes which you propose for the
client to consider. You should undertake a comprehensive analysis of the chosen site and the
proposed development. You should prepare for each of the alternative schemes:
a. a feasibility report
b. a financial appraisal.
You can consider the Building Cost Information Service (BCIS) Elemental Standard Form of Cost
Analysis to obtain and present the cost of the schemes. You can find building cost data in the
BCIS database, or relevant building price books. (You should ensure that the prices are as up to
date as possible.)
At the end of this section, you should present a definitive statement as to the scheme you have
chosen. You should justify this choice with a detailed discussion of the feasibility report and
In the next main section of your report, you should present a fully detailed client brief for the
option of the development project which you have selected. This should include:
a. indicative production information for the project such as working drawings and, material
and component schedules
b. performance specifications.
You should also present a description of the recommended procurement technique for the
project and an outline of the production cost control process on the project.
Finally, you should include in the Main Report, a construction programme (set to real time) for
the completion of the construction work (from pre-design to completion and operation). (You
could use the RIBA Plan of Work to provide a framework for preparing the bar chart.)
The Interim Reports should have these lengths: (a) Minimum: 1,500 words; (b) Maximum: 3,000
The Main Project Reports should have these lengths: (a) Minimum: 3,500 words; (b) Maximum:
These suggested lengths do not include tables, charts, figures, drawings, maps and photographs.