Hart Design and Construction has been operating in the UK construction industry as builders and craftsmen since 2005. Hart delivers the complete package, from design to project completion. Whether a project is domestic or commercial, Hart has been able to continuously build sustainable projects. GenieBelt is used on all of Hart’s current projects, which include two churches and a winery.
An updated programme is critical
For Hart Design and Construction, the project programme is critical to earnings and even one week over programme can be very costly.
“When you are looking at more than £5,000 per week in lost revenue and on top of that liquidated damages, you could be in for more than £10,000 per week. And that is just for a small scale business. With bigger project contracts, the cost cuts into your margin,” says Rory Hart, Director at Hart Design and Construction.
In the end, a nine month long project was 6 months over programme. The reason I went with GenieBelt is to stop that from happening in the future. The level of transparency between teams that GenieBelt brings ensures this doesn’t happen again
As the company is growing, it is taking on more large-scale projects. As a consequence, the contract risk is higher, which is why Rory Hart finds it essential to deliver to programme. Before GenieBelt, is was very difficult to keep track of progress against the programme.
“Before, we would print the programme each month and compare project progress against the programme. Now, with the help of GenieBelt, I can see the historical timeline and keep track of progress as it is updated instantly,” says Rory Hart.
A certain level of transparency is needed in construction
Hart Design and Construction were pushed to go with GenieBelt because they experienced problems in one of their projects. The site manager of that project left the company due to personal reasons and the company had to pick up the pieces.
“In the end, a nine month long project was 6 months over programme. The reason I went with GenieBelt is to stop that from happening in the future. The level of transparency between teams that GenieBelt brings ensures this doesn’t happen again,” says Rory Hart.
With GenieBelt and its open collaborative system, Hart can function independently and nothing falls apart if a central member of the team leaves. Team members and managers can continue working without delays.
“If anyone or any phase of the project is behind, everyone from the site manager, the project managers, myself and whoever the task has been allocated to, is aware of it. This enables us to take appropriate action immediately,” says Rory Hart.
Updated overview and minimum site visits
Rory Hart lives in France 2 weeks a month. That makes it difficult for him to conduct construction site visits, which are in the UK. With GenieBelt, he can monitor progress on all sites remotely.
“I am quite removed from sites which are all based in the South West of England. GenieBelt gives me the opportunity to work remotely and have access to the information regarding my projects from anywhere in the world. It allows me to be on top of everything,” says Rory Hart.
Better invoice control
For Rory Hart, having pictures as evidence of work done is very important. Before GenieBelt, contractors would submit their invoices at the end of the month and they would be told to go back to the site and take photos of the progress.
“Now they report a certain percentage of work done along with a photo as evidence. If I don’t see the picture or the progress has not been confirmed, then I don’t pay anything,” says Rory Hart and continues, “So if there is work done incorrectly or things have not been done up until that stage, GenieBelt gives me the chance to catch it before I pay.”
With GenieBelt, Hart Design and Construction is able to gain overview of projects without visiting the construction site, receive instant updates from the field, enjoy a more collaborative environment with managers and consultants, and generate project reports that present well to clients.