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The need for specifications hasn’t changed, how we approach them has. With decades of accumulated industry experience between us, we can be relied upon to provide expert advice and guidance on every aspect of specification writing, at every stage of a project.

  1. 1. Preparing your project specifications (Outline / Tender) backed up with experienced consultancy advice

    Outsourcing your project specifications to SpecStudio allows you to benefit from our extensive experience of preparing detailed specifications for Architects across virtually every industry sector on projects around the globe. Our experts ensure that the specification is tailored to suit the project procurement, design responsibility, sustainability requirements and that your drawings cover the correct level of information.

    We can prepare your specifications at any stage of the design process, usually either at Outline or Tender stage, in multiple formats (CAWS, Uniclass, CSI).

    With the drive to adopt Uniclass 2015 over CAWS format, SpecStudio can help you navigate this migration having built up significant project experience and expertise to ensure that there is no compromise in content or quality of the specification output.

    Outsourcing no longer means that you are not in control of the Specification. Using the latest digital software NBS Chorus, allows us to collaborate seamlessly, enabling our experts to write your specifications in your workspace, for you to retain in digital editable format and make edits as you wish.

  2. 2. Audit your existing specifications/approach & report

    If you are happy preparing your own Specifications, but would like an independent review of them to check they are robust, accurate and aligned with the contract / procurement, then our Specification Review service is for you.

    This cost efficient service provides a structured review of your documents with a written report summarising the recommendations.

  3. 3. Building & maintaining your in-house specification masters

    Many practices aspire to having their own in-house capability to prepare project specifications but lack either the resource, knowledge or time to develop and maintain such a team.

    Our experts can build your ‘office masters’ for you, compiled from a mix of your own experience combined with our industry leading knowledge and content. These are then yours to own and use on your projects moving forward.

    These master specifications can then be linked to your in-house BIM objects, to provide an efficient starting point on any project. If you then need help delivering the project specifications, we can be on hand as your dedicated resource when required, or help maintain it for future robustness.

  4. 4. Help improve your staff’s knowledge to prepare better specifications

    At SpecStudio, we believe in sharing our knowledge to improve Architects understanding of how to prepare better quality Specifications.

    We offer structured training to your teams, ranging from high level introductory sessions and CPD’s, to specific modules for advanced learning on individual topics.

  5. 5. Helping fledgling practices with running the ‘business’

    Having robust procedures and processes is essential to the successful running of every Architect’s practice. However, many small to medium-sized practices that have often sprung up out of ambitious individuals wanting to leave a larger organisation to be in control of their own destiny, operate using limited resources and knowledge of actually what systems and procedures are really needed to run a successful and profitable practice.

    Having worked with and for Architects for over 20 years, SpecStudio can help practices ‘tighten up’ their current business practises by providing our Practice Management consultancy service, covering aspects such as:
    Commercial Aspects
    • Contract / Appointment / Sub-Consultant review
    • Fee Proposals / T&C’s / Risk & P insurance
    • Scope of services
    • Design Responsibility Matrix
    • Management of variations
    • Resource management / Overheads
    • Project fees v costs
    • Managing fees & debtors
    • Systems & processes

  6. 6. Helping manufacturers provide suitable specifications

    In our role as specification consultants, we have worked closely with global manufacturers for many years.

    Helping them provide design teams with suitable specifications and product information, we serve as an essential link between design process and construction reality.

    Our experience, feedback and support can also help manufacturers create suitable product information that can be provided to the NBS for download by specifiers.

  7. 7. Providing specifications reflective of a project’s sustainability aspirations

    Within the construction industry, sustainability is very much at the forefront of everything we do, and specifications are no different. They are key documents to aid in reinforcing a project’s sustainability ambitions and goals.

    Our consultants have worked on projects that have been certified under various sustainability schemes such as BREEAM, LEED, WELL, Estidama, Green Star and NABERS. We are able to support in the research of materials and products for compliance with sustainability goals, such as VOC limits and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).

    We are experienced in working on various refurbishment and retro-fit schemes, and understand design and client aspirations for salvaging, repurposing and recycling materials, and how to document these requirements.

    We have developed tools and documents to supplement the specifications and aid in monitoring and tracking of sustainability criteria against specified systems, products and materials

    Sustainability and retro-fit is a passion of ours, and we enjoy supporting design teams in helping them achieve their sustainability goals.

We understand that no two jobs are ever the same, and neither are the challenges they present. It’s why we tailor our approach and the services we provide to match your project’s requirements every step of the way.

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