Turn-Key Projects

What is a turn-key project?

A turn-key project is the terminology for undertaking an entire project process from inception right through to practical completion and hand-over to a client.

R1 Construction Turn-Key Service

R1 Construction operate as a full main building contractor, and have all the necessary in-house services, and supporting subcontractor network to offer a full turn-key approach to our clients.

Below we have broken down and detailed the necessary steps involved with the turn-key process, and in summary these are:


Project Brief and Development Discussions

Whether you have a clear vision on a project, or are seeking guidance on options to deliver a scheme that meets your key project criteria, R1 construction will arrange an initial (or multiple) project brief and development meetings.

In this meeting we aim fully understand your requirements. This generally includes the proposed site location and any constraints that may need to be considered such as site access, proposed work hours, and site boundary concerns in addition to any other project specific considerations. We will then look to establish key project dates from the client and ascertain what a practical build programme would be and how this could be achieved.

Depending upon the outcome of these initial discussions, we can then propose a number of build options to you. These can include traditional bricks and mortar, modular / fast-track building methods, or a SIPS design (structurally insulated panel system). Between these options, we can find the most viable solution for the project to meet budget, programme length, aesthetic finishes etc.

Outline Project Drawings

Once the design brief and project scope have been fully identified, R1 Construction will then produce an outline set of drawings to provide a visual representation of what the proposed building will look like aesthetically. A typical outline project drawing pack consists of:

  • Elevation Drawings
  • Floor Plan / Layout Drawings
  • 3D Visual
Detailed Cost Proposal

Once the project outline drawings are complete, we then produce a detailed cost proposal. This will include a full scope of works, building specification, and is based on delivering the project from breaking ground to practical completion, in addition to any planning and survey costs that may be required. This helps provide cost-certainty before any further work stages progress.

Funding Application Support (Where Applicable)

Predominantly with education-based projects, R1 construction have extensive experience in supporting clients to secure the necessary capital to deliver a project. In particular, we work closely with many independent academies and academy trusts to support condition improvement funding (CIF) applications, which often require much of the information outlined in the above two stages when submitted.

Planning Application Preparation, Drawings and Surveys

Dependent on the size of a build, more often than not detailed planning permission needs to be sought from the local planning authority.

R1 Construction offer full support in preparing and submitting a planning application on your behalf. This involves the production of more detailed project drawings, outlining aesthetic finishes and producing a comprehensive design and access statement. We will also arrange and undertake any surveys that may be required such as ground investigation, arboreal and transport surveys.

We will also look to engage with the local residents with a letter drop to provide full clarity on the proposed plans for the new build and our disruption mitigation plans.

Planning Application Submission and Discharge of Conditions

Once the planning application documents are complete, R1 Construction will then submit these on the your behalf to the relevant local planning authority. Throughout the planning evaluation period we will keep continual communication open with you, ensuring you have full awareness of the process and any updates on the progress of the planning application.

Often, there will be conditions for a planning application that must be met. These could be discussed during the planning process prior to planning consent, or be included as part of the planning award letter. Where applicable, R1 Construction will liaise with the client, the planning authority and any third party required to discharge these conditions where needed. Often these will be confirmation of proposed materials for aesthetics through the provision of samples, or potentially a requirement for further surveys to be undertaken, such as archaeological or ecological, in any case we can organise and manage their undertaking for you.

Project Delivery

Once full planning consent is obtained, and any conditions are discharged, we then reach the build phase of the project.

In-line with the agreed project programme, R1 Construction will mobilise and begin with a full site set-up and site containment before moving onto the groundworks stage of the project.

Typically the build phase moves through the following stages:

  • Site set-up and welfare provision
  • Groundworks
  • Superstructure construction (external walls and roof)
  • Weather-tight works (windows, doors etc.)
  • Internal fit out 1st fix (mechanical and electrical works, internal wall construction)
  • Internal fit out 2nd fix (internal finishes, flooring, decoration etc)
  • Practical completion and testing
  • Handover
Practical Completion and Handover

Once the build phase is completed, the project then reaches practical completion. At this point, any minor snagging works are undertaken, and all building services are tested and commissioned (to ensure full and seamless operation) before the building goes through a full builders clean.

When we are wholly satisfied that the building is complete, fully operational and clean, we initiate our de-mobilisation from site. This often involves removing the site compound and welfare provisions, whilst making good of any outdoor spaces which were comprised during the construction phase. At this point we reach the final handover stage.

During the handover meeting, full training is provided on the building detailing how to operate any new services and systems that have been installed. A full ‘operations and maintenance’ manual is then passed to the client and the building is formally signed over as complete and operational.