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    Project manager and architect

    What's the difference?

    In order to guarantee the success of a real estate operation, the use of a project manager is often necessary. Through his global vision and the advice he provides, he is able to guide the project owner in his decisions. He also represents the link between the various project partners. Finally, he brings together the conditions that allow the architect to develop his concept serenely. But before engaging the project manager and the architect, it is important to understand the role of each. Two professionals who must work hand in hand.

    Also called “Assistant to the Owner”, the project pilot is a consulting agent to a project owner (MO). A project pilot must have before his eyes all the “on-board instruments” that ensure the smooth running of the operation. His mission can cover specific subjects (legal, technical, financial advice, project process, etc.) up to the total delegation of responsibilities. In the latter case, the pilot represents his principal in all decisions relating to the project and its development.

    Finding the right strategy

    A pilot can be used at various stages of the project. But it is recommended to consult him as early as possible. For the development of a plot of land, the pilot will look at the feasibility of the project: land control, standards, laws, neighbourhood plans, etc. Do these multiple parameters allow a development? What are the local constraints and sensitivities (environment, economy, politics, etc.)? Is the commercial context of the market favourable? In the long run, will the project be profitable?

    On the basis of this 360° analysis, the pilot advises the MO on the choice of the various agents: architect, specialized engineers and other design offices. A key step since the quality of the project depends on the relevance of this selection! On behalf of the Owner, the pilot then controls the proper execution of the mandates and checks the services provided. He ensures the architectural and financial control of the project. He ensures that deadlines are met and contributes greatly to limiting risks. The project manager must have excellent communication and negotiation skills, as he or she is often called upon to play a mediation role between the players concerned (municipalities, neighbours, etc.).

    Ethical approach

    A good project manager looks after the qualitative process of development. He makes the MO aware on the fact that the act of building is not trivial, but has an impact on the quality of life of the local residents and future users. In this sense, particular attention must be paid to the unbuilt part of the land, i.e. the outdoor spaces located between the buildings. CI Conseils meets all these requirements. This department of Comptoir Immobilier is made up of employees with varied professional backgrounds. It thus integrates the various skills required for project management. Being connected to a real estate agency, the team is all the more sensitive to the questions linked to the exploitation of the buildings and the durability of the heritage. Because it is difficult to manage well a project that has been poorly tied up beforehand.

    The architect must be properly oriented

    The architect is focused on the development of his project; however, he benefits greatly from the insights provided by the project manager, especially on issues that he is not used to dealing with or that are outside his area of expertise. This concerns, for example, the final recipient of the project: tenants versus buyers. But also aspects related to land issues, financing or the operation of the building. What are the land divisions and easements to be created? Who are the banking partners to finance the construction? What are the maintenance and upkeep issues that will arise? And their implications in terms of technical equipment and premises (heating and ventilation system, bins, storage, etc.)? These multiple issues are to be precisely integrated into the specifications developed by the MO, with the advice of his project manager.

    Well thought out volumetrics and typologies, technical design of the construction, selection of construction companies to have the best value for money are at the heart of the architect’s profession. The latter collaborates with various specialized agents to ensure the feasibility and quality of the project. Together, they deal with landscaping, energy performance, biodiversity, environmental impact, heritage, etc. Closely related areas that make the act of building particularly complex!


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