Feasibility studies are carried out before design work on projects is going to commence. It is done to determine whether a project is viable and possible to execute at the same time. It is common to rely on feasibility studies especially if a project gets marred in controversy or doubt. It is also common to bank on what the feasibility study has to say when you need funding support and have to convince potential funders to invest in the undertaking.
Both projects big and small can benefit from a feasibility study. It is a crucial tool that you can rely on when making a decision on whether you should commission a design or not and how you should go about doing it. As a project, it is important to remember that feasibility studies do not hold any commitment after it has been completed. As a piece of work, it is a stand-alone undertaking where you will pay a previously agreed cost and should be completed within a specific timescale.
- What to expect
When establishing a feasibility study, the manner in which it is carried out will be performed based on the specific outcomes that you expect. It is common for a feasibility study to help establish the brief of a project, the opportunities attached to it as well as potential constraints to the building and the site. It will also help ascertain what an appropriate budget should be while making sure that initial choices on designs will be laid out.
In some cases, more complex studies can be carried out where site investigations, certain operational needs and detailed costs will be involved. At the end of the day, the study aims to collate all the information in a format that is much easier to read and understand.
- Preparing the study
One of our expert architects will be responsible for preparing the feasibility study. In some cases, contributions from our partners in different disciplines may also be required, depending on the type of information needed. Our architect’s main role will be in making sure that details from other disciplines are duly coordinated and incorporated into the report that will then be provided to you.
- Costs and timeframe
How much the study is going to cost will be significantly affected by how complex it is required to be. The same thing is true for the length of time it would take to complete it. How much information you already have with you will also come into consideration. If you already have drawings and maps of the site where the feasibility study is to be conducted, then this will significantly lessen the amount of time it would require for the architect to finish the report.
- Why it matters
When you have a project in mind, you want to make sure that you have successfully explored the viability and feasibility of your ideas prior to investing a great deal of effort, time and money in setting it off. Identifying potential constraints and issues ahead of time makes it easier for you to find ways on how to work around them. This will be considerably easier and less costly than having to only discover them while the project is already going on.
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