We will come back to that in a later post but, for the purposes of this tip, let us assume that you have appointed an architect to do the Development work and subsequent implementation of your project. Okay, here is the tip:
- The architect works for YOU
In short, your architect will try to run the project. Don't let him. By all means, take his advice and be guided, but don't let him bully you. All contact with the organisation who provided your funding should be via you. It is likely that your architect will have a back-door to Heritage England due to years of working together. Plug the gap, stop it happening. The correct chain of command with regards the architect is as follows:
architect ---> YOU ---> HLF ---> Heritage England <--- HLF --- <--- YOU <--- architect
In short, the architect should not be permitted to talk to either HLF (or other), or Heritage England.
It may seem draconian, and you will have to make sure that your programme can handle the additional communication but, trust me, it is worth it.
Your architect won't like it but, remember one thing: he works for you, and you are paying his wages.