The Spatial Initiative Way

Our specialist teams work with clients from concept stage to ensure the best possible outcome for your project and its end-users. This relationship continues after the building is first occupied in order to guarantee optimum building performance as we monitor and critique the building's performance.

Our process incorporates eight key elements:

1. Strategic Definition

1. Strategic Definition

We get involved at the earliest possible stage and take a 360-degree view of the project.

This includes a full assessment of the client need and the required outcome; optioneering; identifying potential risks and challenges; analysis of the proposed location; socio-economic assessments; advising on funding and finance options.

Our collaborative approach involves our experienced pre-construction teams and specialist supply chain partners working with our client and their team from the outset. This leads to an accurate and agreed programme, creates cost efficiencies and mitigates time delays and expense at a later date.

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2. Development of Brief

2. Development of Brief

In order to develop and refine the brief, we carry out a feasibility study and consider the whole life value of the project.

To start, our pre-construction team carries out the feasibility study. This includes investigating land ownership and title; site analysis including surveys; early planning; schedule of accommodation and scope of works; risk management and regulations; affordability; resources; procurement approach; and proposed programme.

We consider the whole life value of the project including a focus on reducing carbon emissions. We also consider how to maximise social value through local employment, support for the local economy and improving the health and wellbeing of our local communities.

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3. Design

3. Design

Our design team is involved from concept stage, right through to detailed design and technical design stages.

The design team works as a key part of the pre-construction team to identify the best construction solution to meet the brief. This includes assessing the suitability of a range of innovative construction techniques such as modern methods of construction (MMC); maximising the pre-manufactured value (PMV) of the building; and the growing movement towards standardisation to maximise cost and programme benefits.

We are fully focussed on designing highly energy efficient buildings on our journey to achieving net zero carbon designs.

All projects are designed to BIM Level 2.

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4. Planning

4. Planning

Our expert team has decades of experience in successfully managing complex planning processes on behalf of our clients.

We understand that many projects can get delayed at planning stage, but our comprehensive pre-planning process significantly enhances the likelihood of a successful outcome.

This includes early consultation with all relevant stakeholders including local communities and agencies. We manage the pre-application process up to submitting the planning application and deal with and close out all planning conditions.

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5. Manufacturing & Innovation

5. Manufacturing & Innovation

We invest £2 million per annum in research, development and innovation.

We are focussed on maximising the pre-manufactured value (PMV) of our buildings.

By designing and incorporating prefabricated elements we deliver improvements in productivity, efficiency and quality.

For projects where volumetric methods are preferred, we draw on significant in-house experience through our parent company ESS Modular. This allows us to precision manufacture and fit out a significant portion of the building offsite which can greatly improve the overall project programme and allows for Improved quality control from the outset.

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6. Onsite Construction

6. Onsite Construction

Our operations team oversee all elements of the onsite construction process.

This typically includes ground works, demolition, asbestos removal and the management and Installation of all incoming services.

This team also manages the commissioning of all systems, external works and all soft and hard landscaping elements. In some projects, it may include the installation and subsequent removal of a temporary building while the new building is being completed.

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7. Handover

7. Handover

At handover stage, our team ensures that the building is fully ready for use at Day 1 of occupancy.

We engage in extensive testing of all systems before training and hosting familiarisation sessions with new occupants. These training and familiarisation sessions can be video recorded should the client wish. This allows the client to share the recording with any future occupants.

Where temporary buildings have been used on site during the construction period, we manage the decanting of all furniture and equipment from the temporary to the new building in order to make the process as seamless as possible.

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8. Use

8. Use

Once the building is occupied, we monitor its performance for up to 3 years.

This includes conducting occupancy surveys involving structured interviews with building users and seasonal commissioning every three months to monitor energy use, running costs and carbon emissions.

This ongoing involvement allows us to develop action plans to address potential issues as they arise. We evaluate the data and alter the building's systems to maximise its efficiency and reduce energy consumption. This collaborative approach greatly improves the whole life cost of the building.

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