Build GMP into your facility from the start with an owner consultant

In this article you can read about how an independent owner consultant can create value. Especially through assessment of the enterprise and through continuous monitoring of the progress. This is interesting if you are responsible for expanding a production, for new GMP facilities, or have an enterprise task to be solved. Especially if you do not have an established project organisation or project execution model.

Are you an ‘owner’?

The word owner calls to mind a large construction projects or new houses. But an owner is, in fact, the one who orders and pays for a building work or construction of any size, even if you just perceive it as a project, and yourself as a project owner. You may need medicinal cannabis manufacturing facilities, you may need to expand your current pharmaceutical production with a QC laboratorium, or you need to build new GMP manufacturing facilities. In other words, you will often as a part of your area of responsibility in the pharmaceutical industry be an owner, even if you perceive your role as someone else.

What is an owner consultant and why do I have to hire one?

The Danish Association of Construction Clients have made a guideline for owner consultancy (YBB 19), where you can find a brief description of what an owner consultant is doing.

’Ved bygherrerådgiver forstås en rådgiver, der rådgiver og bistår bygherren i forbindelse med opgavens løsning i samarbejde med bygherrens andre rådgivere og med entreprenørerne.’

Men hvorfor er det er en god idé at have en særlig rådgiver i forbindelse med sit projekt? I denne artikel vil vi forsøge at komme med en lidt mere uddybende forklaring på formålet med en bygherrerådgiver, samt sætte særligt fokus på nogle af de områder, hvor det har en særlig værdi for bygherren. 

Who needs an owner consultant?

Ikke alle projektejere har behov for en bygherrerådgiver, ligesom ikke alle projekter har brug for at få lavet et fysisk byggeri. De projektejere der har en egen projektorganisation med projektledere, controllere og indkøbere har ofte også en klart defineret godkendelsesmodel der sikrer at projektet er godt forankret i organisationen, samt at der sikres en passende godkendelsesproces for projekter, inden man forpligtiger sig til den fulde investering. Disse tiltag er med at sikre, at de nødvendige ressourcer såsom tid, penge og bemanding, er til stede i projektejerens egen organisation.

Dog findes der mange organisationer, der ikke løbende har så mange investeringsprojekter, at de har opbygget egen projektafdeling, eller har haft behovet for at have projekteksekverings- eller projektgodkendelses-processer. Sådanne organisationer kan have stor glæde af at hyre en ekstern bygherrerådgiver ind til at varetage projektejerens interesser. Særligt i forbindelse med større investeringsprojekter.

Especially larger investment projects without project organisation benefit from an owner consultant

Det er altså større investeringsprojekter med en projektejer, der ikke har egen projektorganisation, som især har gavn af en bygherrerådgiver.

Men hvorfor så ikke bare købe denne ydelse hos den tekniske rådgiver eller hos arkitekten?

The role is described in ABR18, YBL18 and YBB19 and is therefore part of the contract basis for projects carried out under these conditions. This means that the vast majority of construction projects in Denmark have the owner consultant as a defined role. It is obvious to think of advising as a single service in a project, but by letting one advisor take on all the advising roles of a project, one can end up letting the 'wolf guard the sheeps'. There are many examples of the owner consultant's necessary focus on advising and supporting the project owner will be diluted when the advisor’s own employer must be taken into consideration. The same is in evidence for a construction management team that comes from the same company as the technical advisor or architect.

Ydelsen skal ses som en ‘staff augmentation’ af bygherrens organisation. Det er som at hyre en specialist til løse en særlig opgave, og for at sikre uafhængigheden og det fulde fokus på rådgivningsopgaven, bør det være en uafhængig rådgiver.

How does owner consultancy create value for the owner?

Ud over den indlysende fordel ved at have en ekstra specialiseret ressource i projektejerens organisation, er der en række andre områder hvor man som bygherre/projektejer får værdi af at have en uafhængig bygherrerådgiver som en del af sit projekt.

There is an extra set of eyes on the project, which helps to ensure that focus is maintained on some of the areas that most often cause problems in a project. The figure below shows the five main reasons why projects do not meet the expected goals. 

An owner consultant can help to ensure the focus on resources, manage change, clarify roles and responsibilities in the project and to some extent also support the owner on the definition of goals and requirements in relation to the project. In this way, the owner / project owner can focus on the financing, organizational backing and the key objective. You may read our article on Project due diligence, that includes more information on pitfalls in projects..

There are many examples of projects that have underestimated the value of focusing on the backing. The most visible are large public buildings, where there are many political considerations and many opposing wishes. For example, the Niels Bohr building at the University of Copenhagen is a project where many of the above parameters have failed. But also, in private companies there are many examples of projects that have not had the necessary internal focus. That is exactly why there is great value in having the independent specialist owner consultant.

At AlfaNordic, we have a team of highly experienced owner consultants who, with their special focus on the pharmaceutical industry, can help ensure that the owner / project owner avoids the worst traps before committing to a major investment. Once the decision on an important project has been made, we can help get through what is often a confusing and uncertain process for many project owners.


At AlfaNordic, we have a team of highly experienced owner consultants who, with their special focus on the pharmaceutical industry, can help ensure that the owner / project owner avoids the worst traps before committing to a major investment.


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