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“We have worked with Isaac Mercer for over 5 years, and for us, they are one of our go-to consultants for managing consortium projects.”

Gareth Jacob
Managing Director | Taylor Wimpey South Midlands

Our Approach

Every consortium housing development is unique in size and scope and every project brings different complexities, constraints and challenges.

As well as consortium members, there are many stakeholders whose interests need managing, including other housebuilders, local authorities, highway authorities and commercial developers.

We set strategic parameters for the development which include the management of legal, planning, design, budgetary, programming and construction requirements.

Why Isaac Mercer

With a wealth of experience in the project management of consortium housing developments, we have tailored systems and procedures according to the unique requirements of this type of project. This means we can efficiently tackle any issues that arise, so you can rest assured that your project is in safe hands.

When to involve us

The starting point of our involvement in the development cycle can vary. We are often involved at the very beginning of the project; from the land viability, acquisition and promotional stages through planning, design and delivery. Regardless of the start point, we stay with the project until the development has been successfully completed.

We offer a comprehensive service

As part of our comprehensive project management service, we also fulfil the role of quantity surveyor and principal designer under CDM. When managing work contracts, we act as contract administrator, employer’s agent or engineer.

Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) and Customer Care

We make Safety, Health and Environmental (SHE) and Customer Care our focus from the beginning.

We prioritise these at every stage of the project including; land partitioning, collaboration agreements, occupation forecasting, build sequencing and phasing. As such, we safely manage construction deliveries and traffic implications as well as the safe segregation of build phases and public areas, all whilst causing minimum disruption.

Communication is key for optimal safety, we understand the importance of communicating clearly and continuously throughout to everyone involved; including sales teams, neighbours and the local community.

Some typical consortium deliverables:

  • Link or Relief Road
  • Bridge Structures
  • S278 Works
  • Estate Roads and Drainage
  • Drainage Strategies
  • Bulk Earthworks
  • Demolition and Site Remediation
  • On Site Utilities including Pumping and Sub Stations
  • Off Site Utilities and Reinforcement works
  • Major Utility Diversions
  • Assisted Living / Care Home
  • Employment Areas
  • Commercial Areas
  • Neighbourhood and Local Centre
  • Upper, Middle and Lower Schools
  • Community Halls and Facilities
  • Environmental Protection and Enhancements
  • Public Open Spaces and Play Areas

Some typical consortium responsibilities:

  • Constraints
  • Infrastructure (Highways, Drainage, Environmental and Utilities) Agreements
  • Partitioning, Adjustments and Rectifications
  • Managing Land Contracts & Reports on Title
  • Collaboration Agreement
  • Development Specific Matters
  • Delivery and Master Planning
  • Pre-Application Meetings & Coordinated Planning Applications
  • Viability Assessments and Negotiation of S106 / CIL obligations
  • Management and monitoring of S106 / CIL obligations
  • Planning applications for Consortium Works
  • Compliance with all conditions and obligations
  • Constrains and Appraisals
  • Technical Approvals (S37, S38, S278, S104, S96, S102 and more)
  • Legislative Compliance
  • Cut and Fill, Drainage and Utility Strategies
  • Surveys & Investigations
  • Design & Technical Coordination
  • Management of On Site Consortium & Enabling Works
  • Management of Off Site Consortium & Enabling Works
  • Coordinate build programmes, phasing and sequencing to facilitate build delivery.
  • Coordinate infrastructure requirements to facilitate S106 obligations.
  • HBF Consortium Agreement and Acting as Lead Consortium Member representative
  • Finishing, Maintenance & Adoption Strategies
  • Procurement, Contracts & Appointments
  • Budgets & Cash Flows
  • Valuations (as Quantity Surveyor)
  • Change management
  • Risk & Opportunity (VE) Schedules
  • Equalisation between Consortium Members
  • Management of F10 and CDM Principal Designer
  • Environmental, Ecological and Arboriculture
  • H&S Inspections of Works & Occupied Areas
  • Traffic Management and Work Segregations
  • Customer Care of Residents and Third Parties
  • Managing and maintaining the HBF Consortium Agreement
  • Project Execution Plan / Initiation Document
  • Master Phasing Plan
  • Design, Procurement and Implementation programme
  • Key Project Control Documents
  • Stakeholder Meetings
  • Project Control Procedures