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Writing specifications for repairs and improvements

A specification for works or services is a description of what is required.

If you’re responsible for ordering building repairs and improvements it'll be your job to provide a clear specification that's to the point and jargon free. You'll know that a project's chance of success largely depends on the document's clarity of vision and defined goals.

Confusion and lack of communication created by a poorly-written specification wastes valuable time and resources.

How to write a good specification

This course looks at specifications for a range of work including regular planned maintenance and capital improvements. It considers the communication required between contractors and tenants, and the legislative and health and safety requirements that apply to people working and living on site. Far too often little attention is given to the specification, yet this is a central piece in any tender project.

On this course, candidates will learn about:

  • The design process
  • The impact and demands of procurement
  • Types of specification like contractors' design, performance specification, traditional and others
  • Schedules of work, contracts and other document formats
  • The impact of CDM regulations
  • The involvement of third parties, including tenants, in preparing the specification.

A badly-written specification can cost money, damage relationships with contractors and lead to complaints from residents. This programme helps avoid these problems and raise the quality of work you deliver.

Who is it for?

This course is for anyone involved in the preparation of specifications for building repairs or improvements.

When and where are courses held?

If you have eight or more participants our experienced tutors will come to your workplace to deliver any of our courses. For organisations with fewer than eight participants we run public courses on various dates throughout the year.

All public courses are held at the Institute of Arbitrators, 12 Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2LP.

 

To book this course or for more information please call 0333 0355 4165 or email info@nutsandboltstraining.co.uk