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Southampton, Hampshire Fawkes and Reece

Experienced Design Manager required by the Southampton office of this busy Southern Regional contractor to take the lead and manage the design process for numerous healthcare projects in the Hampshire, Dorset and Sussex areas. Initially based in the Southampton office, you will be involved in the preconstruction phase for schemes in the education sector.

Projects will typically range from £5m to £30m in value, some refurbishment and some complete new build within the grounds of the existing hospitals.

Reporting to the Head of Design, and working with the preconstruction teams comprising estimator, managing surveyor, planner and preconstruction manager, you will manage the design development and buildability aspects of schemes through second stage preconstruction and out to commencement on site; Thereafter you will take the overview for several smaller or key larger live sites working closely with the project delivery team throughout the construction phase.

Previous education experience is highly desirable for this role, as is a reasonable level of preconstruction.

Duties will include:

  • Management of the design development for projects, packages and sections of works;
  • Chairing regular design team meetings;
  • Management of consultant design team;
  • Regular liaison with key clients, trusts and end users / heads of department;
  • Engagement with and managing specialist sub-contractor design teams;
  • Agreement of information required schedule; Ensuring key dates achieved;
  • Dealing with local authorities to achieve planning permissions;
  • Review of construction design information for buildability, compliance with contractors proposals, employers requirements, budget, current building legislation, etc;
  • Identifying opportunities for value engineering where appropriate;
  • Proactive issue resolution;
  • Overall managing the smooth and timely delivery of detailed design information for procurement and construction throughout the preconstruction and build process.
  • Management of other Design Managers and Design Coordinators.

About the Company/Client/Project:

The company is the busy Southern Regional office of a national main contractor, with experience and a proven track record in the delivery of new build and refurbishment schemes in primary and secondary education, commercial offices, local authority, higher education faculty buildings, etc in the Hampshire and Dorset areas.

Turnover is circa £80m for the office which is located in Southampton with easy access from the M27 / M3.

Requirements including certificates and qualifications:

Either from an Engineering/Construction delivery or Architectural background, you will possess excellent technical and commercial knowledge, a keen understanding of construction methodology, materials and systems, procurement lead in times, etc.

For this particular role, previous experience of education work, working in a live school environment. For the right candidate, with a high level of healthcare sector experience and lengthy preconstruction, there is the opportunity for this to become sector lead for the region with far greater input into the preconstruction and delivery of workload, account management of key trust clients, etc.

You will have excellent communication and negotiations skills, strong planning and problem solving ability, initiative and a positive approach. In terms of character, you will be a highly driven, positive and ambitious individual able to work well within a large team dynamic.

You will ideally have a proven track record of successful project delivery with a recognised Main Contractor in a Design Coordination / Design Management role.

High standards, attention to detail and the drive to deliver on programme, specification and budget will be very well rewarded with excellent salary, benefits, promotional and development prospects.

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