Building Project Management Services
Project Management for Building & Construction
Interested in building project management services but not sure if they are worth paying for? If you are just replacing your kitchen, or bathroom you probably don’t need any help. But if you are planning to build a major building project you’ll need someone to oversee the works. The question is, do you have the time, skills and knowledge to do this yourself?
Juggling your jobs and family commitments with major building works can be stressful. Who will check the accuracy and quality of the building work? Who will chase your builder and ensure everything is completed on time? Who will protect your financial interests throughout the project? Who will quickly resolve any technical difficulties onsite?
Major building projects can often add pressure to an already busy life. If your renovation, refurbishment, extension or new build project is large or complicated, taking on an independent building project manager can be a very good investment.
FREE, No Obligation Quotations for Contract Administration, Contract Management and Site Inspections.
Flexible Onsite Support to suit your building project needs, and budget. Call 01923 896550 to find out more.
Can’t My Builder Just Do it?
We believe the answer to this one is – no!
Many builders will advertise that they “do their own project management”. But giving you a rough timescale, scheduling the delivery of the materials and coordinating the build team is not project management!
A project manager’s role is to manage the relationships between the client and the contractor to ensure the building is delivered as per the building contract. In practical terms, this means that the project manager supports the client’s decision-making, proposes alternative solutions to construction problems, helps prevent errors occurring onsite, creates challenge and helps to settle disputes fairly.The project manager assesses the accuracy and quality of the work, manages any cost variances and checks invoices for payment. He’ll also check for snags and defects and chase the builder to complete these before releasing the retainer.
Clearly a builder cannot ‘self project manage’ and carry out these functions. He’ll always prioritise his own best interests over yours!
Our research has shown that in 90% of projects where the builder manages the building works himself, they typically over-run and overspend by 20%. This is a huge amount of money on a project of £200,000 or more!
There are also plenty of positive reasons for employing an independent building project management professional. Whilst our fees may seem like an additional cost, in most cases the savings made are greater than the investment. We help minimise costly delays. We help ensure materials are chosen and bought at the right time, and more cost effectively. We reduce wastage and help avoid costly errors.
In summary, appointing a construction project management expert like CLPM can significantly improve the quality of the end result!
CLPM have a proven track record of delivering successful building projects for our clients. We don’t design. We don’t build. But we have a thorough and practical knowledge of both disciplines.
Our strength comes with our ability to organise your construction project with complete independence. We work directly for you. There are no conflicts of interests, and no issues with competing priorities. Our independence means your best interests are always our priority. We will always offer challenge, and will check and question the Architects, Structural Engineers and Contractors on your behalf, to ensure your project is a success.
Call 01923 896550 now to find out more about how we can help you with your project.
FREE, No Obligation Quotations for Contract Administration, Contractor Management and Site Inspections.
Why not use my Architect?
Architects are very busy people! They may have their architectural team to manage. They will have a high design workload. Design will take priority, and the time they have to visit your project will be restricted. They will have limited flexibility in their schedule to react to sudden problems onsite.
This generally means that most architects only provide a very basic Contract Administration or adhoc project management service, offering no day-to-day support to you.
Not all architects are skilled in the practicalities of construction. They are sometimes so close to the designs that they may fail to see or accept any errors or inconsistencies in their drawings. This may leave you trying to resolve issues between your builder and architect yourself!
Many architects will use a limited roster of builders that they know and like working with. They often take introductory fees. This means the construction quotation process will not be truly competitive, and the costs to you will he higher. It also means the architect will not be 100% independent of the builder. He may be more interested in maintaining a cordial long-term relationship with the contractor, than challenging him for you.
Proven expertise and track record
CLPM is a full service construction project management company. Unlike some architectural or design practices, building project management is not an add-on service for us. Building Project Management is our expertise. CLPM are well known and respected professionals within the industry.
Our team are regularly asked to give project management talks and offer advice at industry events. We run training workshops at The National Self Build & Renovation Centre in Swindon. We are project management experts within the Expert Arenas at shows including Grand Designs Live, The Ideal Home Show and Build It Live.
Construction project management isn’t just about visiting your building site and checking the progress and quality of the works. By setting up and then enabling and monitoring the building process, we can ensure your builder has what they need to get the job done effectively, every day.
As a CLPM client you will be assigned your own experienced project manager who will be with you throughout the building project.
All our project managers are highly-organised men and women. Between them they have managed almost every type of project there is. We believe in a collaborative approach, and share our expertise across the team, for the benefit of all our clients.
We will work with you and your build team, to ensure that your new build, house refurbishment, or home remodel project goes as smoothly as it can.
A Choice of Services – to Match Your Needs, & Your Budget
Platinum : Contract Admin with project monitoring service
Our Platinum service is Contract Administration with a Project Monitoring Service, and is the recommended choice for most of our clients. It is charged via a fixed monthly fee.
The Platinum service offers a much higher degree of control and support than an architect would traditionally offer for your project. Your project manager will be involved with the day to day running of your project. They will check that your project is being built to the correct design and specification. Your project manager will monitor the quality of the main contractor’s work, and ensure that your deadlines are met. The service is based on one visit to site a week. The visit will include a minuted site meeting with your contractor, and will include allow the project manager to check on the promises made during the previous weeks’ meetings. This level of supervision gives us a good understanding of what is happening on site, and allows us to regularly inspect your building works. We can then understand the information requirements from the contractor and can discuss and influence the progress of the works on site. It also allows us to support you and the project team and to highlight and resolve any issues as they arise. Within this service we also check and challenge the cost variations as they happen and check the contractor’s invoices and issue certificates for payment.
Gold : Contract Admin only
Our Gold service concentrates on the essence of managing the contractual relationship between you and the builder.
Contract administration is often chosen by clients who have the time to be closely involved with their build, but want the added reassurance of expert project oversight. This service is charged via a fixed monthly fee.
We will come to site at valuations visits every two weeks and inspect the building works. We will issue minutes of the meeting and a programme statement. We will respond to, monitor and challenge any cost variations. We will also check the invoices that the contractor has raised to see that they tally with the work completed on site and the price previously agreed. We will then issue certificates for payment as required under the contract.
Silver: Contract Admin only
Our Silver service concentrates on the essence of managing the contractual relationship between you and the builder. It is popular with clients who are undertaking projects for whom an infrequent site visit is sufficient. This service is therefore often chosen by clients who are very closely involved with their project, but want some access to expert oversight. This service is charged via a fixed monthly fee.
We will come to site at valuations visits once every month and inspect the building works. We will issue minutes of the meeting and a programme statement. We will also check the cost variations as they are raised via the builder. We will also check the invoices that the contractor has raised to see that they tally with the work completed on site and the price previously agreed. We will then issue certificates for payment as required under the contract.
Bronze: Ad Hoc Support
Your project manager can visit by arrangement to reassure or inspect specific issues. This service is charged on a monthly basis, by the hour.
Individual Trades Project Management
CLPM project managers can also work as Contract Managers. Contract Management involves building without a main contractor. The building work is instead organised on an individual trade by trade basis. Here we are acting as your agent, controlling all the building subcontractors (electricians, plumbers, carpenters etc.) directly on site on your behalf.
This is a comprehensive service which has a high level of control and involvement both by the client and the project manager. It may be your preferred route if you want to maintain a high degree of control, or want to use a variety of specialist tradespeople rather than a single main contractor. This service is therefore particularly popular with self-builders and those using building systems such as timber frames, structurally insulated panels or insulated concrete framework. The project manager will act as Contract Manager and programme and schedule the works. As part of this Contract Management he will co-ordinate delivery of the materials and brief and liaise with your building system supplier and individual tradesmen. He will oversee your building works from start to finish and meet regularly with you to keep you up to date.
On average the project manager will visit the site three times a week. This service is charged via a fixed monthly fee.
Get in touch
At CLPM we put our always put our clients at the heart of what we do. You decide how you want to build, and how much support you’d like. We can then tailor our building project management services to you.
FREE, No Obligation Quotations for Contract Administration, Contract Management and Site Inspections. Flexible Onsite Support designed to suit your building project needs, and your budget.