More time for growing the practice
MVL Architects and Surveyors is a multidisciplinary design and surveying Chartered practice of eight people with offices in Surrey, Hampshire and Cardiff in the UK. The practice has a long and successful history with domestic residential projects and is now expanding and diversifying its commercial portfolio.
Role/s in the business
Chris’s role in the practice covers design, project management, practice management and, in particular, how technology is used in the business for strategic advantage. As MVL starts to move into commercial work, he said it was important to get the right resources in place.
Information at your fingertips
“Now that we’ve got portals we can hold projects and drawings and everything — all the project information — in one place and everybody can access that.”
Planning for the future
“The resource planning side of things… we’re quite excited about that because I can see that’s going to make my life considerably easier… to try to see exactly who is going to become available at certain times so that we can actually program their work out… that’s another key element.”
Flexible cloud-based solution
“The fact that it is cloud-based works from my point of view because sometimes I am in the Hampshire office, sometimes in the Surrey office, sometimes in Cardiff, and just being able to grab hold of it whenever I need to rather than having to log in to our server… quite often fiddling around on my telephone like everyone else, just being able to jump straight into it and being able to do whatever I need to – “I need to put that bit of information into Synergy before I forget” – I can do it there and then.
“These new ways of working just mean that everything is a lot more immediate and therefore I can keep an eye on exactly what is going on all the time.”
Xero add-on for Synergy for complete organisation transparency
“Where it’s solved a problem… with Synergy and Xero, I can now see who is working on what, how much time they’ve spent on it, do analyses between my initial fee quotations compared to where we are currently sitting in a project and how much time we’ve actually got left on the project before we potentially are not making as much profit as I originally thought.”