Whatever the size of the project, organising building works – whether new build, alterations, repairs, refurbishment or fitting out – is becoming an increasingly complex operation, requiring particular skills of a Project Manager to ensure that the works are completed efficiently, with minimum disruption and in compliance with quality and regulatory standards. The appointment of a Project Manager should be the client's first action, providing advice in respect of the procurement of the works and ensuring that all stages of the project are managed from feasibility through to completion.
For small projects the Project Manager may be able to draw up the necessary plans and specifications without the need for other consultants, whereas with larger projects a full design team may be required. In such circumstances the Project Manager will provide the client with a single point of contact through which other professional appointments such as Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers can be co-ordinated.
Under the alternative, 'Design & Build', procurement route the client appoints a Project Manager (termed an "Employer's Agent") who provides an outline of his requirements to the contractor who is responsible for both the design and the construction of the project. The third party development route is dealt with under the section Development Monitoring.
Recent years have seen changes in health and safety legislation relating to building works with the introduction of the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations which place duties and responsibilities on clients together with those organising and carrying out works. These regulations place a legal requirement on the client to appoint a 'Planning Planning Co-ordinator' who will co-ordinate the management of health and safety matters throughout the project – both in the planning and the implementation phases.
BSPM can offer:
- Agree client's brief
- Advise in respect of programme, procurement, appointment of consultants, etc.
- For larger projects, establish project team
- Establish project budget
- Development of project programme
- Management of design phase / management of the project team / prepare drawings & specifications of works as appropriate
- Planning & Building Regulation approvals
- Tendering & contractor appointment
- Management of construction phase including co-ordination of design team and contractor
- Quality control through construction
- Financial control & contract administration
- Commissioning, completion & handover
- Managing defects periods
Construction (Design & Management) Regulations:
- Acting as Planning Co-ordinator
- Prepare Pre-tender Health & safety Plan & project notification to HSE
- Safety Co-ordination
- Ensuring preparation of Health & Safety File at completion
Basis of Fees
Fees for project management and planning supervisor are usually charged as a percentage of the cost of the works, the rate depending upon the size of the project