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Residential sector voice paper

From client-driven expectations to planning issues and a future filled with smart homes and

more varied living typographies, the residential sector faces specific challenges with regards

to timely project delivery – all are discussed in Bruceshaw’s (

second Voice paper ‘Timely Project Delivery in the Residential Sector’


The building industry is familiar with typical risks and challenges to deliver projects.  This includes consuming as much knowledge in the pre-contract stage, by having a clear brief to translate into a strategy, establishing how and when its best to bring specialists on board to manage key milestones including land acquisition, planning, developed design, procurement and construction.

Residential mixed-use schemes have their particular challenges, and with planning authorities taking up to four weeks to register a planning application in certain London boroughs, with planning submissions taking up to a year in the making, as a result of fewer people with the right level of knowledge being available in local authorities to deal with planning applications.

Timely project delivery in the residential sector often means taking a considered and tailored approach to programme planning, capturing: appropriate time allowance, key client goals, key planning aspirations, allowance of time to consider refurbishment and providing time to stock and review the design.

This latest Bruceshaw Voice paper was created in conversation with architecture and interiors journalist Helen Parton, Partner Chris Patrick, Associate Colin Park and Associate Rishi Rai.