Housing For Women

Housing for Women Kitchen Replacement

the project

Faithorn Farrell Timms (FFT) were appointed by Housing for Women to provide Contract Administration services in respect of preparing, procuring and overseeing a kitchen replacement programme. This formed part of FFT’s successful appointment under a Framework Agreement and followed the production of a detailed stock condition undertaken by us where it was identified that there were a number of properties where works were either due or considered overdue.

Works under this programme predominantly comprised ktichen replacement, however ad hoc instructions were provided by our client in respect to bathroom replacement.

our role

Predominantly as contract administrators, our role included regular site inspections of works in progress and formal handover, reviewing and certifying monthly interim valuations against progress.

the challenges

Due to the nature of the client-base, and their potential vulnerability, it was vital that all interaction with residents was undertaken senstively, particularly as works required entry into people’s homes.

Following our appointment under the Framework, client-side restructing resulted in a reduced budget and change of management and direction, moving from a stock-wide improvement programme to specific targeting of necessary works through dedicated contracts. As a result, much of the previously agreed information and specifications had to be reviewed and adjusted accordingly.

The scattered nature of the stock proved challenging, in terms of resources and programming, both for FFT and the appointed contractor.

Using the information detailed within the SCS it was evident that in many instances works were overdue, and from this we worked with the client to prepare a prioritised list of properties. The overdue nature of the works often gave rise to reactive instructions from the client, which would then need to be reviewed and instructed accordingly.

the solution

Validation surveys undertaken to remaining properties within the subject blocks to identify any further works that could be undertaken at the same time.

added value

Providing cost advice for further works being considered by the client in respect to bathroom replacement and ventilation improvement.

Works completed earlier than programmed, and resident feedback was exemplary across all properties. Whilst the client was keen to extend the programme through the instructing of additional properties, financial contraints and restructuring meant that any further works would be postponed to the following year.