One key factor that differentiates successful businesses from their competitors is the availability of specialist consultancy services. At RLB we group these services under the term Advisory.

RLB offers the following specialist Advisory consultancy services:

Our commitment to our customers is based on our core strengths and passion for delivering quality projects, often operating behind the scenes providing services that protect and enhance the outcome of a Project, its Architect or End User. Our services have been developed, tailored and applied to many high profile projects across the globe working with some of the world’s most prestigious customers and designers.

We can provide high level expert advice as well as more practical support with documentation, contractual matters, sustainability assessments, whole-life cost modelling, project or office wide design team set-up, hands on project administration, reporting, and planning.

We deliver specialist services and our thought leaders apply their knowledge to achieve the optimum result. We deliver with pride and professionalism, based on the foundation of expert practical advice.

For more information on any of our Advisory services please contact

Design Management

Through years of practical project experience, we have learnt and understood the complexities and intricacies of what is required on projects. Our approach is based on integrating good management techniques within design teams to deliver successful projects.

Design Teams can concentrate on their core service while our Design Project Managers focus on the program of deliverables and contract commitments. We include an option to co-locate with the Lead Designer to be at the heart of the design team.

Our Team  are familiar with the problems experienced by design teams. We understand that this is different to traditional project management. We integrate into your team, acting as both a buffer and a link to filter and respond to issues and facilitate solutions.

Our Services typically commence upon appointment to the design team, but can begin with bid preparation and/or cease on the issue of tender documentation. We perform the essential monitoring role, coordinating the delivery of all design team members and bringing our bespoke toolkit to deliver a wide range of services.

Please contact Meena Sankar for more information 

Specification Consultancy

Rider Levett Bucknall is a market leader in the field of architectural specifications, with our team having delivered specifications around the world over the past 35 years. Today we are a company that has global reach with the resources and expertise extended across all sectors to deliver tailor made solutions to suit our clients.

Our service is tailored around protecting the architect and customer through the preparation of robust and powerful specifications, whilst also by improving the construction industry and the standard of design documentation.

Our key services are:

  • For practices looking for General Specification Advice:
    Specification Business Consultancy – In the rapidly evolving world of Specifications, our experts offer high level strategic advice across a range of topics to suit Clients’ business needs by working closely with their senior leaders. We assess existing tools and methods and implement new procedures to help improve the specification process within your business for the long term.
  • For practices looking to Outsource Specifications:
    Specification Writing – Our Specification Consultants will prepare the Architectural Specifications on behalf of the architect such that it conveys exactly what is required to procure and build a development across a range of BIM compliant global standard formats such as CAWS – Common Arrangement, CSi Masterformat, NATSPEC, QCS – Qatar Construction Specification etc. whilst limiting risk and relative to the procurement route.
  • For practices preparing Specifications In-house:
    Specification Reviews – If Clients produce Specifications in-house, they  may want to consider a review of documentation by one of our Specification experts who can offer a fresh perspective. We will review your current project specification providing commentary and recommendations raising awareness of possible risks and gaps, based on our experience and core ethos which can then be incorporated into your document.
    Specification Masters – Whether it is a requirement for the provision of our Specification masters or an enhancement of client’s in-house Specification, our expertise places us in the unique position of being able to build and manage bespoke baseline Specifications, using our industry leading content.
  • For Manufacturers:
    Our role as Specification Writers and Consultants over the years have allowed us to establish excellent relationships with manufacturers around the world and link the design process with construction realties such that the two parties work closer together to provide appropriate design solutions. Our aim is to provide you with a range of specification solutions aligned to Designers providing them with appropriate specifications to suit the geographical location of the project, procurement route, design responsibility and design stage, which are all crucial factors.
Accurate specifications, protecting practices from claims and ensuring a design vision is realised, is our focus and passion. Our advice and opinion is sought by many of the leading practices around the world, who all rely on us to manage their risk through quality specification documentation. With the growing constraints of Professional Indemnity (PI) insurance stipulations in Contracts, ensuring you have a specification that can mitigate risk, is vital.

Please contact Meena Sankar for more information 

Facilities Management Consultancy

Facilities Management is a multi-billion pound industry that organisations around the world rely on to be successful in achieving their objectives. Yet it is rarely implemented to ensure optimum workspace efficiency and value for building owners and occupiers.

RLB has built its reputation on providing world class advice on the built environment when our customers wish to develop and improve the spaces they are responsible for.

Our Facilities Management Consultancy service covers the entire life cycle of property, aimed at maximising the performance of built assets and delivering best value.

Our customers develop structures and space in the built environment for many reasons, be it commercial, functional, aesthetic, inspirational, or out of necessity. What is common to all is the need to get the most value from that space, and understanding how that should be measured.

Effective and focused Facilities Management is the key enabler to ensuring this happens, supporting customers throughout the entire asset lifecycle. RLB’s FM consultancy team offers the benefit of many years of experience and expertise in strategic asset and facilities management.

We have all worked in operational roles in our careers, and have experience of working in a wide range of private and public sector organisations, giving us a holistic view of your built asset requirements.

We understand your property and FM challenges and know how to support you in achieving your objectives.

Our services include the following:

  • FM and Estates Strategy Review and Development
  • Asset Management Strategies
  • Service Improvement Programs
  • FM Services Procurement
  • Services Design Review
  • FM cost reduction and rationalisation
  • Supplier Review and Benchmarking
  • Contract Monitoring, including PFI
  • Interim management support
  • Contract Performance Review and Audit
  • FM Technical Adviser
  • Whole Life Cost Adviser and BREEAM support
  • BIM and Soft Landings Adviser

Please contact David Quirk for more information

SKA Consultancy

SKA rating is an environmental assessment tool for fit-out and refurbishment projects. Operated by RICS, SKA rating offers a credible, established alternative to BREEAM for benchmarking sustainability.

Our service is tailored around ensuring sustainable project delivery, with expert knowledge provided every step of the way. The SKA Rating system allows for bespoke assessments, targeting achievable sustainability that contributes to the wellbeing of building occupants.

Communicated through a Bronze, Silver, Gold rating system, projects are rewarded for addressing elements applicable to the project and the assessment refrains from penalising schemes for elements that are outside of the schemes control, including the base build.

RLB has RICS qualified SKA rating Assessors for all three schemes; Offices, Retail and Higher Education. Our SKA rating Assessors can assist through each stage of the project:

  • Design Stage: Specification reviewed by our qualified SKA rating assessors and feedback provided to allow the design to develop in line with SKA.
  • Construction: Project monitored through regular site visits by our qualified SKA rating assessors.
  • Handover: Evidence collected from contractor and certificate issued.

As experienced practitioners the RLB team has helped customers achieve sustainable results and benefit from:

  • Reduced operational and maintenance costs
  • Improved CSR
  • Employee engagement and churn reduction
  • Enhanced health and well-being for building occupants
  • Recognised level of achievement in sustainability

SKA comprises more than a hundred ‘good practice’ measures covering energy and CO2 emissions, waste, water, materials, pollution, wellbeing and transport.  We understand that all fit-out projects are unique in terms of employers’ requirements, the building or site, and scope of works. By applying SKA rating to a project, the assessment scores the project only on the basis of those measures that are relevant to the project.

RLB works closely with our customers to tailor the service to suit your needs, including in-depth workshops, presentations to the wider stakeholders and provision of expert advice on specialist areas. We engage at the earliest possible stage with design team and contractors in order to facilitate achieving the targeted SKA Rating.

RLB is a market leader in the SKA field, being a Development Partner for the RICS on the new SKA Higher Education scheme and developing the Good Practice Measures that projects are now rated against. We were also part of the team that helped secure the first SKA Gold rating in the North West.

Please contact Heather Evans for more information

Contract Advisory

Setting up and managing construction contracts can be a challenging and complex process. Having a clear understanding of what obligations a contract imposes on the parties and the risk allocation are important aspects to appreciate, which will go some way towards delivering a successful project outcome. RLB’s Contract Advisory service supports clients in their projects during all stages, from inception in developing and setting up contracts, to providing advice during the project delivery phase and assisting in the event that problems are encountered.

Our Contract Advisory service includes:

  • Specialist Procurement and Contractual Advice
  • Dispute Avoidance
  • Dispute Resolution

Specialist Procurement and Contractual Advice

RLB’s approach is to ensure that sufficient and proper attention is applied to the pre-contract strategy at the outset of each project.

We support our clients in developing suitable procurement and contract strategies on their projects based on the client and project specific needs and the appetite and willingness to accept certain level of risks. Our experience within the public, private, infrastructure, utilities and nuclear sectors and in the use of varying forms of contracts enables us to provide considered advice on individual projects and large programme of works.

Our services under Specialist Procurement and Contractual Advice provides for:

  • Procurement and contract strategy advice;
  • EU Procurement advice;
  • Bespoke contract drafting ;
  • Contract negotiations;
  • Contract risk management;
  • Due diligence; and
  • Contract procedures and training

Dispute Avoidance

Dispute avoidance involves clear understanding of parties’ contractual obligations. It is essential that all parties to the contract are provided with the appropriate training and have a clear understanding of their roles, responsibilities and obligations. Our experts provide project specific training in management and administration of contracts. This training is provided not only internally to RLB project delivery personnel but also to our  clients in order to provide a better understanding of the contractual processes and obligations and embed best practice across their organisations.

With our technical and contractual knowledge we are able to offer to our clients’ reassurance through appropriate management procedures that are required to deliver a successful project. Using our experience gained from working with major clients and contractors, we offer assistance in the development of project specific Contract Management Plans aligned with the parties’ contractual requirements.

Furthermore, any clients on current live projects have the added benefit of referring any questions on contractual matters to our resident Contract Advisory subject matter experts and seek specialist contractual advice and potential course of actions in order to mitigate risks.

Dispute Resolution

We recognise that parties in certain instances will become involved in disagreements and will sometime require specialist advice and help in the formulation of, or reviewing and responding to claims. Our Contract Advisory team includes experts in the field of claims preparation and defence and, working alongside parties’ lawyers, our specialists can provide strategic advice, management, negotiation and resolution of claims either through adjudication or through alternative dispute resolution (either through mediation, arbitration or litigation).

Please contact Aziz Mehtajee for more information