Design management involves the application of a wide range of professional skills to co-ordinate and optimizes the design process, with the aim of ensuring that the delivery of a project exceeds our clients’ expectations. It is an essential element of all projects, and of particular significance on complex, multi-disciplinary projects which involve a fully integrated design and engineering service.
Design management is effective from project initiation right through to completion. Our work includes advising, procurement strategy, objectives and organizational structure; preparing design briefs and appointment details; establishing project financial structure and controls; developing and monitoring project execution plans and establishing communication routes and information management procedures.
We also focus on monitoring design development; advising on contractual, financial and functional implications of design; maintaining design program progress reporting; managing design-discipline interfaces within DKE and coordinating design team output to the client, the construction team, approval authorities and other external parties.
Pulling together different disciplines successfully is more than a management process: it requires solution-driven individuals with excellent communication skills. Understanding design interfaces and maintaining open communication between all parties is fundamental in harnessing the best from creative collaborations. Our design management team, who all have engineering design or construction backgrounds, have in-depth experience of different procurement methods gained on a wide range of projects worldwide.