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Advantages of choosing a design and build process

Choosing the right construction process for a project is crucial to achieving the desired outcome. Although the design and build method of construction has been available for decades, many people are still unaware of the advantages and how it differs from the traditional design-bid-build route. In this blog, we explore the differences between each method and summarise the advantages of using design and build.


Traditional route (design-bid-build)
The client would employ an architect who would create a detailed tender brief specifying which products and materials to use. The brief would then be put out to tender to the construction companies.  The company appointed would then complete the work and supply everything to the architect’s specifications.

Design and build route
The client would not employ an architect, and would instead approach a design and build company and provide them with a much looser, less detailed specification. For instance, they may say that they’ll require a set number of meeting rooms or how many employees they have. The finer details of the project are left up to the company who would complete the work.



1)   Faster – on average design and build projects are completed faster than going via the traditional route due to several factors:

  • The work onsite can commence sooner;
  • There are less people in the chain to communicate to;
  • The design and build company would use suppliers, products and systems that they are already familiar with, therefore there is less uncertainty over supply or quality.

2)   Cheaper – once the client has defined a budget for the project, the onus of keeping within the budget is on the design and build company, and by using suppliers who they use regularly and know are competitive, will bring the costs down.

3)   Enhanced communication – the client can liaise directly with the design and build company rather than having to go via the architect, meaning there would be less chance of information being communicated incorrectly and issues can be dealt with at an earlier stage.

4)   Single source of accountability – the design and build company is accountable for the entire project so the client will become familiar with the design and build company from the outset, creating a strong relationship which is highly beneficial to the project.

To find out more about how Formline Group could assist with your design and build project, contact us here.


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Eighties Workspace Reinvented

Fonts, facades and branding basics

Rapid Plas chose to engage Formline Group to re-invent their existing office space in order to create an open plan layout. The building and environment were utilised to improve collaboration and communication between both staff and customers.

Formline Group’s in-house interior designer Belinda Gillogly, explains how she subtly incorporated Rapid Plas’ branding into their new office space.


The majority of clientele are farmers, so the brief was to create an informal, collaborative space integrated with the reception. We chose to incorporate an angled column, creating a coffee bar like area, for sales representatives and clients to gather around to discuss product brochures etc. The layout was designed to make clients feel more comfortable in the overall space.

“Rapid Plas use angles in their branding. We decided to carry this through to develop the reception counter. We integrated ideas of the company’s workings into the design, in the way of circles to reinforce tanks and angles to reference the italic font in their logo. These subtle hints develop branding through design without being too obvious. Ripples in texture across the façade of the reception desk were added, to link the company’s product theme ‘water and tanks’ to the overall design. Obviously green was the feature colour used throughout the fitout, which we paired with neutrals like grey and white to keep it fresh. We also introduced other punches of colour in the wall murals, which adds interest and boosts the atmosphere.

“We’ve received great feedback from the team at Rapid Plas and they are currently loving their new working environment.”

We love designing bespoke workspace solutions! Get in touch with us to explore what we could do for your business.

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