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Merx provides a complete suite of professional project management services across the workplace, retail, hospitality and industrial sectors.

Through our unique Merx Octagon system, we are able to track and manage all stages of a project’s life cycle to ensure quality standards and budgetary control. By identifying and focusing on each critical step of every project, Merx Octagon is able to be tailored to each client’s individual situation so as to ensure successful project delivery. And by providing complete transparency at every stage, Merx Octagon also acts a primary communications and reporting tool that can be accessed remotely for real-time updates.

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8 Steps to Successful Project Management

Merx Octagon identifies 8 key steps to delivering every project successfully with each step containing control procedures and processes tailored to the unique circumstances of the project. As a consistent delivery system, Merx Octagon allows full client visibility throughout and identifies key approval gateways required to ensure effective time management and budgetary control.

In the initiation stage, our project and cost managers work closely with clients to outline a thorough and highly detailed brief with clearly defined project goals.
Fundamental to this stage is the development of a project kick off pack outlining timeline, budgets, scope of works, critical risks as well as the procurement strategy and key communication channels.
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The Merx Octagon system consolidates all communication to one central online portal, giving clients direct access to live and ‘up to the minute’ project information.
Central to the Octagon system is a client specific project dashboard linking directly to status reports, weekly update reports, updated action plans, risk evaluations and other critical project information. By providing access to updated information at every stage of the project, Octagon helps to ensure it’s overall success.
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In the programme stage of Octagon, we ensure that all projects are planned thoroughly with detailed timelines highlighting critical tasks and dependencies.
Using Microsoft Project software, we develop the master programme and risk assessment analysis, detailing resource planning, phasing and opening/move dates.
These tailored programmes take into account each clients unique circumstances and issues relevant to their sector so as to ensure the project is as successful as possible.
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Merx Octagon also includes in-house systems used to prepare detailed budgets based on the design and technical details of each project. This helps clients assess cost options and finalise the overall project budget.
Once the project brief and budget are finalised, Merx will work with all consultants and contractors to ensure the design and build process continue to track against the overall cost plan.
After the tender phase is complete and contractors and suppliers awarded, Octagon helps to ensure tight cost control by reporting on all contracts and tracking any changes against the overall budget plan.
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As all projects have their unique set of design specifications and desired commercial objectives, the communication and understanding between all design elements and contractors becomes critical to the project’s overall success.
The octagon system facilitates coordination between all teams by providing access to the most up to date information including concept designs, scheme designs, detailed plans, construction drawings, as built drawings and any additional project documents
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Traditionally, there are 4 main methods of procurement on construction projects. The Octagon system helps identify and support the method that is best for each situation, taking into consideration each projects unique circumstance and desired outcomes.
Detailed procurement tracking, documentation of pre-qualified vendors as well as tender information are all stored and tracked with Octagon providing clients with secure access throughout the project.
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During the construction phase, the Merx Octagon systems assists in the detailed planning and documentation of all site reports including contractor briefings, weekly and monthly update reports, design inspections, landlord approvals, as well QA/QC.
Secure access to live and updated construction reports enables clients to ensure overall quality and efficiency through the construction phase.
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The Merx Octagon system ensures a seamless handover of all documentation, training and commercial aspects, in order to facilitate the transition to the new premises.
Final inspections, snagging, testing, landlord approvals and authority approvals are all co-ordinated and tracked through the Octagon system providing secure and efficient access when needed.
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In the initiation stage, our project and cost managers work closely with clients to outline a thorough and highly detailed brief with clearly defined project goals.
Fundamental to this stage is the development of a project kick off pack outlining timeline, budgets, scope of works, critical risks as well as the procurement strategy and key communication channels.
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The Merx Octagon system consolidates all communication to one central online portal, giving clients direct access to live and ‘up to the minute’ project information.
Central to the Octagon system is a client specific project dashboard linking directly to status reports, weekly update reports, updated action plans, risk evaluations and other critical project information. By providing access to updated information at every stage of the project, Octagon helps to ensure it’s overall success.
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In the programme stage of Octagon, we ensure that all projects are planned thoroughly with detailed timelines highlighting critical tasks and dependencies.
Using Microsoft Project software, we develop the master programme and risk assessment analysis, detailing resource planning, phasing and opening/move dates.
These tailored programmes take into account each clients unique circumstances and issues relevant to their sector so as to ensure the project is as successful as possible.
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Merx Octagon also includes in-house systems used to prepare detailed budgets based on the design and technical details of each project. This helps clients assess cost options and finalise the overall project budget.
Once the project brief and budget are finalised, Merx will work with all consultants and contractors to ensure the design and build process continue to track against the overall cost plan.
After the tender phase is complete and contractors and suppliers awarded, Octagon helps to ensure tight cost control by reporting on all contracts and tracking any changes against the overall budget plan.
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As all projects have their unique set of design specifications and desired commercial objectives, the communication and understanding between all design elements and contractors becomes critical to the project’s overall success.
The octagon system facilitates coordination between all teams by providing access to the most up to date information including concept designs, scheme designs, detailed plans, construction drawings, as built drawings and any additional project documents
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Traditionally, there are 4 main methods of procurement on construction projects. The Octagon system helps identify and support the method that is best for each situation, taking into consideration each projects unique circumstance and desired outcomes.
Detailed procurement tracking, documentation of pre-qualified vendors as well as tender information are all stored and tracked with Octagon providing clients with secure access throughout the project.
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During the construction phase, the Merx Octagon systems assists in the detailed planning and documentation of all site reports including contractor briefings, weekly and monthly update reports, design inspections, landlord approvals, as well QA/QC.
Secure access to live and updated construction reports enables clients to ensure overall quality and efficiency through the construction phase.
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The Merx Octagon system ensures a seamless handover of all documentation, training and commercial aspects, in order to facilitate the transition to the new premises.
Final inspections, snagging, testing, landlord approvals and authority approvals are all co-ordinated and tracked through the Octagon system providing secure and efficient access when needed.