commercial project planning

Getting your commercial project off the ground

A commercial real estate project is a big investment; you’re laying foundations for your future and that of your business. It’s not as simple as submitting building plans for approval and hiring a contractor. Commercial development is multi-layered, and we’ve listed a few points about it below.


Considering types

What kind of commercial building do you want? Are you planning a space that can fit one tenant or several? Are you a single business building your first brick-and-mortar office? A commercial project applies to warehouse spaces, office parks and even medical buildings.


Get the land

Your next task is to find enough land that can fit your project. You should factor the size of the building and parking space (if any) in your search when looking at vacant lots.

There are other factors to consider when looking at land. It’s advisable to contact a surveyor to make sure the ground is table and if any “particulars” exists that might make construction difficult. Make sure you’re also familiar with the zoning laws of the area you want to build in. You don’t want to have a council battle when you plan a commercial development in a residential area.


Make sure permits are in order

These are also known as building approvals. When you or your builder gets hold of these, you can break ground. There are different approvals needed depending on the type of work planned. Business projects have their own list and it’s advisable to get familiar with them. The builder can do the bulk of this for you.


Builder on board

On that last note, builders are an integral part of commercial projects. Interviewing commercial builders with an established portfolio and great testimonials is a good place to start when you’re looking around. They act as project managers; they coordinate trades, meet with inspectors and can even design your building if they have an open license.

It’s important to have an open line of communication on both sides. The builder will submit regular reports to their client, and the client must advise the builder if they want to make any changes.


There are lots of steps to take when you’re planning a commercial development. It’s important to do your research, find some space to lay down foundations and meet a reputable commercial builder. They’ll take your project off paper and into the real world.


Choosing a Builder

A builder and their subordinates are middlemen. They take your project from a sketch on paper to a building in the real world. Before a brick gets laid, though, you must find a suitable contractor. Here are a few points to choosing a quality builder. Google it Type in the kind of building project you’re […]

Job Roles on a Commercial Build

Every commercial building project will have various people involved. They seem to be doing similar things but their jobs are quite different, and this leads to some confusion. Example; “aren’t an architect and a builder the same thing?”. No, they’re not. Here is a breakdown on the job titles so that you know who is in charge of what on site.


Commercial Builder

A commercial builder or a firm has the resources to get the project off the blueprint and into real life. They have a network of subcontractors like electricians and plumbers on call to get the technical work and heavy lifting done. Builders do as their job title suggests and are seen both on the building site and behind a desk. They have technical knowledge about building codes, building laws as well as how to submit tenders and contracts. Commercial builders work directly with their clients and co-ordinate their sub-contractors to get the work done properly and on time.


On site, foremen are the principals of the schoolyard. They make sure that the rules are being followed on site and that the quality of work is up to standard. Foremen also work as a liaison between the seniors on the project and the trades on site. They’ll give reports to the builder or project manager or get them on the phone when the trades have a question.


Builders are more about the inside and the technical. Architects work with the outside and how the building appears. They design buildings to a brief depending on what the client wants and make design changes accordingly. They are more involved with the project during the initial planning stages and not seen on site unless called.


A structural engineer’s job is vital during the planning stage. They make sure the commercial building will stand for a long time and not collapse because of poor load-bearing. Building services engineering has several subsections. Environmental engineers make sure a project is “green” and sustainable. Electrical engineers work in the “bones” of the project, designing the electrical systems for the building.