The Utility requirements for large master plan developments are often complex, time consuming and can represent significant cost and programme risks. At Max Fordham we believe that the utility strategy for large complex sites is a core part of the overall approach to the building services. They are inexorably linked.
The Utility strategy needs to be able to respond quickly to project updates, particularly in relation to phasing and energy strategies. At Max Fordham we have a dedicated specialist team focused on master plan utility strategies. By keeping the expertise within the practice and working very closely with the energy and MEP teams the utility specialists can rapidly respond to proposed design changes and updates.
We understand the importance of building in flexibility to accommodate future changes while at the same time making sure that the utilities are not oversized and prohibitively expensive.
Very often the first task on a project is to review the existing utility information and identify any risks and opportunities to the rest of the design team as quickly as possible. Early and productive engagement with utility providers is essential.