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3rd Sep 2020

Direct to Client; design and build with a difference … to an exceptional standard.

Alongside a thriving Principal Contractor division, the Barr Group’s ‘Direct to Client’ works remain at the heart of the portfolio. These niche and varied projects range from residential remodels to single story extensions and renovations. Examples are wide and varied… a perfectly detailed new entrance lobby, a contemporary glass room extension, a converted outbuilding-annexe, a listed cottage renovation – all with one thing in common - a close, collaborative interactive relationship between StuartBarr CDR contracts manager and client.

Above: Kings Row, Oxfordshire

The Direct to Client service tend to benefit those clients who’s plans and planning permission, if required, are already in place and where the scale is such that third-party project management is not required.  Often with a recommendation or a previous build relationship with the Barr Group, the need for a prolonged tender process is negated. Allowing projects to be specified and costed clearly and quickly and for works to begin within six weeks of the initial brief. DTC projects tend to be between £50,000 and £500,000 in the total contract sum. One of the benefits of this approach is that the client fully understands the costs of each part of the works and, where necessary, can work with our DTC construction director to engineer the build scope and specification to bring it in line with their budget.

Above: Mill House, Buckinghamshire

Value engineering plays a key role in the success of our Direct to Client projects: delivering a vision to a flexible process and within the budget envelope. Chris Noonan, dedicated DTC Construction Director, works with the client, contract managers, and QS team, to establish the most cost-effective and efficient way to deliver the project vision, often just from preliminary drawings. Budgets can then be fixed prior to the commencement of works and should the client want to add to the brief during the build, variations can be costed and agreed before the work is carried out.

Above: South Cottage, Oxfordshire

The formula to every successful build, whatever the scope of works, is a shared passion for quality and attention to detail. Each DTC project is tailored to suit the client’s aesthetic preferences and modeled to ensure the functionality required to suit their lifestyle. The team consists of highly skilled, fully qualified craftsmen working alongside trusted specialist sub-contractors - part of the Barr Group extended family. As a separate, dedicated division within the Barr Group, the DTC team is able to respond flexibly and nimbly to changing briefs and logistics – getting the right skill balance on-site at the right time for the project in hand.

Here is what some of our clients and the building industry regulator have to say:

Above: Otterley Farmhouse, Buckinghamshire

Anna, Otterley Farmhouse, Oxfordshire: “I really couldn’t think of anything the StuartBarr CDR team could have done better. We had a great meeting of minds and the whole team bought into my vision. Our site foreman always knew what would work and I trusted his design advice”.

Above: Box Tree Farm, Buckinghamshire

Jane, Box Tree Farm, Buckinghamshire: “We got the impression that all employees from groundsmen to skilled site carpenters were adhering to a strict code of conduct. We were incredibly impressed with them and delighted with the finished project”.

Phil Hodge, Director, Federation of Master Builders, Southern Region: “Time and time again we have been impressed with just how far these builders (StuartBarr CDR) will go to ensure their client is happy. It is this dedication that we want to celebrate" (FMB category award winners 2019).

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