Given the myriad of elements that are involved in a construction project, it is no surprise that there are a number of challenges throughout the process that may have the capacity to negatively impact the project schedule and thus completion date.

A number of those impacts actually exist during the pre-construction phase, where delays can have a ripple effect on meeting key project timelines for the remainder of the project.

By being aware of the the common causes of delay during the initial stages of a design and construct project, you have the ability to avoid or mitigate their likelihood of occurring.




  • Statement of Environmental Effects

As part of your DA submission, most construction projects will need to include a Statement of Environment Effects. This aspect of the DA application process is often over-looked and will cause significant delays to what can already be a complex and time-consuming process. Fortunately, we have put together some quick tips that may help fast-track the DA submission process here.

  • Provide final ‘For Construction’ drawings to your construction team/contractors

Not providing final ‘For Construction’ drawings to your construction team is probably the biggest cause of delay in their ability to get a project underway. Most builders will be initially provided with a tender drawing; on which they will develop a quote. However in order to proceed with the project, your selected builder or contractors will require the ‘For Construction’ drawings, which are the same ones that are issued for DA.

  • Issue timely responses to RFI’s

Another way to avoid delays is to answers RFI’s (request for information) on-time (preferably same day). In the case of Akura, where RFI’s are responded to on a same-day basis, our design team don’t lose momentum which leads to the ability to minimise lead-times during the drawing phase of the project.





They can provide considerable efficiencies in terms of time and cost-savings throughout the project’s lifecycle.

They will manage the pre-construction phase including the Development Application (DA) process.

Their expertise lies with project management and thus understand how to avoid delays in order to meet key project timelines.

By being aware of these potential causes for delay, you can ensure that you have the resources and information required to move through the pre-construction process as quickly as possible. By selecting a team of professionals who are experienced in project management will help to mitigate risks, put contingency plans in place and effectively track the project schedule for a seamless construction project through to lock-up or handover.

Engaging a design and construct provider can also provide considerable efficiencies in terms of time and cost-savings throughout the project’s lifecycle. Akura specialises in delivering complete design and construct building solutions, which means we manage the Development Application (DA) process and take care of the requirements associated with obtaining a Construction Certificate.

With expert project management staff, we take a consultative approach; delivering timely updates throughout the project life-cycle to ensure customer satisfaction throughout the duration of the construction project. For more information, please contact the friendly Akura team.