• The Studio, Limegrove, St. James, Barbados
  • studio@elementsltd.com
  • 246.538.1800

SERVICES

STATUTORY ASSESSMENTS, SUBMISSIONS + APPEALS

We’ve worked with international architects to help guide the statutory submission process locally. Whilst most international design and construction is based on the International Building Code, there are some anomalies with the Barbados National Building Code and other regional codes. We can guide you through the often confusing planning process with local and regional statutory agencies such as the Town & Country Development Planning Office, the Environmental Protection Department, the Coastal Zone Management Unit, the Soil Conservation Unit, the Ministry of Transport & Works, and the Barbados Building Standards Authority.

CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION

Once your project has been tendered or negotiated with a contractor, you’ll need to implement a contract between yourself and the contractor for the construction works. Typically this will be in the form of an international contract (JCT or FIDIC), with amendments to suit local conditions. Quite often for smaller projects the Barbados Institute of Architect’s Agreement for Minor Building Works will suffice. Whilst the contract is between yourself and the contractor, you’ll need someone to administer the terms of the contract fairly. Either we or the project manager, or quantity surveyor can undertake this role.

The contract administrator ensures that both parties to the contract uphold their obligations. Often the contract administrator will chair site minutes and record minutes. They will also review the progress of works on site relative to the programme and make observations as necessary in this regard. The contract administrator will typically review the monthly valuations prepared by the quantity surveyor.

FEASIBILITY STUDIES

Feasibility studies determine the viability of a proposed project without commitment or significant expense. We’ll discuss your intentions for the development and visit the site(s) being considered, if possible. Once you’ve provided us with a plot plan and topographical survey where necessary, we’ll ascertain what’s feasible. We’ll review the statutory restrictions on the site, any rights of way, the topography, best views and opportunities for best use of the site.

We’ll produce massing plans of the site showing access and circulation, as well as generic building options and layouts. From this you’ll be able to determine the maximum potential of the site, the ideal density and the potential for return on investment. You’ll have sufficient information to facilitate high level discussions with prospective investors, with statutory agencies and to test market demand.

BUILDING CONDITION SURVEYS + REPORTS

If you’re looking to purchase a property, or have already purchased one and need an idea of what’s required to undertake major renovations – we can assist. We’ll visit the property and prepare a detailed list of the items requiring rectification. We’ll work in conjunction with specialist consultants (structural engineer, mechanical, electrical and plumbing consultants, and IT) to determine equipment needs and any servicing required. We’ll identify obvious visible signs of subsidence, settlement, cracking, damp ingress, water and fire damage and poor workmanship. We can also make suggestions for renovations and improvements.

FACILITIES ASSESSMENTS + REPORTS

The maintenance and upkeep of properties is essential to ensuring their longevity. If you have a space that’s in need of some upgrades, major or minor works, we’ll review the requirements and make suggestions to achieve these. We’ve undertaken such assessments for banks and other commercial institutions, for government agencies, and for hotels and hospitality projects, where the need to maintain quality conditions is high.

CHARRETTES

We’ve worked with international firms on high level concepts for local and regional development. Our knowledge of local context and conditions allows us to advise soundly on the social impact of new projects, as well as market trends and demands. Thanks to our input, social conflicts have been prevented through considerate design choices.

RENDERINGS

We have limited capacity to undertake realistic renderings in house. We’ve worked with many international renderers to produce representations.