Design & Build 2021

65 Design & Build 2021 BUILD 53 Q3 2021 BUILD Apr21828 New Thinking, New Outcomes Praeclarus Group provides high calibre experienced commercial and planning professionals to contracting and engineering organisations. It currently works for most of the large- and medium-sized contractors together with a small section of specialist sub-contractors. Although it does offer a national coverage, most of its work is North West based. ‘Praeclarus’ means ‘excellence’ in Latin, for those who may be wondering. he business commenced its journey back in 2020 and the directors had a vision of providing the best commercial and planning consultancy in the business. Praeclarus’ aim is to dispel the common belief that consultants are an expensive commodity and rarely add any value to any organisation. To change this mindset, it thinks and acts differently. It ensures it understands what it is required of it and delivers without exception. All of its services are fully supported and managed by senior management, ensuring that what it provides draws on the available experienced within the business to ensure it can add value wherever possible and deliver the required results. With a mantra of ‘New Thinking, New Outcomes’, its ultimate ambition is to become the contractor’s consultant of choice. Praeclarus had aspirations of employing 20-30 professional people in five years and it is continually expanding the business to achieve this goal. Its growth rate has been steady, employing the right people at the right time who share its visions and beliefs. Obviously, due to the pandemic things were a lot slower than planned within the last 12 months, but it managed to keep busy and took the tough decision not to furlough any of its staff. To ensure it attracts the best people in the industry, Praeclarus offers excellent staff salaries, benefits, bonuses, and training opportunities. It recognises it is a people business and provides the platform for its staff to pursue further qualifications, obtain experience in other sectors and become part of the Praeclarus team. In terms of its services, Praeclarus offers an array of commercial and planning services from tender through to final accounts. It provides tender reviews to vet and agree proposed terms and conditions, enabling the contractors the opportunity to set off in the right direction, or at least enter into contracts with an understanding of the risks and opportunities. Its commercial offerings include the provision of professional commercial staff to provide assistance or support for the following types of services: procurement, preparation and submission of valuations, change management, drafting of contractual notices and other communications, final account support, claim preparation and all forms of dispute resolution. T It offers planning and project controls during all stages of a project from tender through to final accounts, and forensic planning services for claims. Praeclarus’ planning offerings include the provision of professional planning staff to undertake preparation and production of progression of programmes, progress updates, project controls, critical path analysis and filters, histogram management, S-Curve production, identification and management of progress blockers, productivity analysis and advice, together with programmes to support time and cost submissions for variations and claims. Praeclarus also undertakes training on specific contract terms, commercial, planning and project controls or bespoke training to meet specific goals and requirements. Meanwhile, over the past 12 months, Praeclarus has been developing an electronic diary app which is quick and simple to use, with built in features to aid the smooth administration and identification of issues on a project. This development is nearing completion and the company is currently looking for a contractor willing to trial the app on a project. Praeclarus has also partnered with a world leader in computerised systems and is developing a ground-breaking business intelligence system called PULSE. This revolutionary technology is designed to seamlessly integrate into a company’s existing data capture and provide contemporary data at the touch of a button, combining bid management, buying, project delivery, commercial and management reporting. Alongside its projects, the business is looking to continue growing and expanding its client base, with its marketing executive making connections and generating opportunities. Company: Praeclarus Group Contact: Jason Palmer Email: [email protected] Website: