Our methodology helps us grow and improve continuously. It provides a bullet proof solution whilst being multi-award winning.
Understanding who you are today and where you want to be in the future.
Thinking strategically and creatively with conceptual solution.
Developing the concepts and ideas into buildable solutions.
Project execution including post occupancy services.
Results come from striking a harmonious balance between all the elements that make up the real estate:
- the location
- orientation, shape and size of space
- functionality of the building services
- fitness for purpose
- efficiency and comfort of the space
- ability of the space to define identity and create a brand experience
A unique suite of Services
Autonomous or combined in part or whole; that is the beauty of our services and methodology. Clients benefit from our customised solutions to address the requirements of any given project.
At SW1, project and construction methodology is based on the model of likely constraints taking place in projects where various strategies have been idealized to overcome them.
Our service umbrella and design process integrates various skill-sets for a simple unified approach.
Setting up a strategy that provides clear direction.
The old adage that if you “fail to plan you plan to fail” is what drives this most important of services. It is a standard pre-requisite for every project undertaken. Strategic Planning makes everything more focused and potent as well as helping to plug into the client’s organisation as if they were their own dedicated department.
This is one of the most important aspects of the project process that leads perfectly into Interior Design.
Creating the look, feel and function of the space.
Design is an integral process. Based on this understanding, we adopt a traditional form versus function approach to generate substantial creative output that not only looks great but also works well with everything. The methodology splits the process into two key components which not only looks great but also allows these components to influence one another. Spatial planning incorporates function to the space and generally involves preparation of plans showing workflow, facilities, work points and other elements to ensure the client’s requirements are met. Design development focuses on the look and feel of the space as well as the visualisation of materials, furniture and finishes. This approach to design ensures maximum effectiveness.
BIM facilitates better project coordination and collaboration with stakeholders and produces more efficient workflows and integrated 3D visualizations, resulting in improved project outcomes for clients.
SW1 uses numerous types of software to implement their BIM process and are particularly proud of their REVIT team. REVIT is considered to be the most ideal, robust, functional and flexible BIM tool used by the top design and architecture firms the world over.
As Interior Design fulfils different requirements by architects and engineers from structural to technical, we will continue to improve technical documentation from the inside out through the implementation of REVIT.
Applying the value of your brand in the physical space.
The office is more than a physical environment. It’s a place in the mind. A brand experience.
At SW1 we believe it’s more than just placing a logo or vision statement in reception. All elements that comprise a place – architecture, interiors, lighting, furniture, wayfinding, graphics, landscape – should be integrated to create an intuitive brand experience. A strategically branded environment promotes loyalty, trust and motivation; putting companies in the best light and connecting staff and visitors to their products or services. The fact is, space does play a role in your brand expression – an unavoidable one.
Project & Construction Management
Techniques to oversee the execution of the strategy.
Our project, construction and cost management methodology dovetails all our activities in a simple and effective manner. It is interwoven through all service offerings and provides a seamless point of contact to transfer knowledge and information on cost, time and quality back and forth between all protagonists.
Long lead times are identified early in the process and via the cost management model orders can be locked out and placed in time.
All projects have changes to deal with whether they be from and change in circumstances, requirements or just a change of mind. Our methodology addresses this in a unique and systematic manner. There are standard tools that define and track all changes and ensure that the Client is aware of all the deadlines and decisions required.
We have an extensive QA/OC process, which is ISO accredited and proven. The commitment to quality is a process and all throughout the project there are checks, balances and reviews which ensure that quality is optimized for any given situation.
Our in-house Safety Department ensures all construction works are undertaken under the auspicious of a proper safety regime. Our Safety Managers are certified and have developed an attitude and demeanour about safety that truly adds value to the industry. Safety Managers operate autonomously and report directly to the Management eliminating any conflicts and allowing them to focus on keeping people safe.
To facilitate the transition of people to a new working environment.
From cubicles to open ﬂoor plans, office layouts have changed significantly over the years. The idea of working in a space that best reﬂects the task at hand is known as Activity Based Working (“ABW”).
Apart from office planning and design, another key success factor in any workplace is Change Management. Planning for change is a journey that revolves around the human element and SW1’s value is to manage employees to view change from a different perspective.
Employee experience in any organization can be comprised of three distinct environments: the cultural environment, the physical environment, and the technological environment. Change Management inﬂuences how an employee feels at work, their relationship with their co-workers, their physical and hierarchical place within the organization, their physical surroundings and the tools they utilize to get their job done. It’s the ‘people-side’ of change that ensures the project is successful as it empowers employees to embrace change as well.
Change Management allows proper initiation and support of the change process, whilst addressing employee’s concerns, fears and anxieties. As this process puts employees concerns of “What’s it in it for me (WIIFM)?” in the forefront, the end result is an increase in productivity and morale.
Post Handover Services
Aftercare, including post occupancy report.
As part of SW1’s post handover services the following activities and documentation are provided during the Defect Liability Period:
Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Manual
The O&M manual contains the information required for the operation, maintenance and possible decommissioning of a client’s project. The O&M manual includes:
- A project directory and information
- A copy of the Certificate of Practical Completion (CPC)
- As-Built Drawings
- The scope of works
- Design schedule of finishes
- Design specifications
- Certificates of warranty
- Service and operations manual from trade contractors
- Project handover site photos
- Testing and commissioning reports
Our project team will conduct a walkthrough with the client and its representatives after the project handover to inform on the defects identified after issuance of the CPC. The defects may occur due to design, material and/or workmanship deficiencies. A copy of the Defects List will be given to the client and progress of the defects will be documented accordingly once touch up works are completed within a reasonable time.
When both SW1 and client consider and mutually agree that all items on the Defects List have been rectified, the Certificate of Making Good Defects will be issued.
Maintenance Response Time During Defect Liability Period
We ensure the dedicated Project Manager involved in the construction of a client’s project will be servicing and maintaining the fit-out works which fall under our scope. This maintenance process is done in a periodical manner.