Project Management

Managing a building project can be daunting. Costs can rapidly escalate if there is insufficient organisation and co-operation between the trades involved. Good project management is all about communication - between the client and contractor, and between the various trades. If everyone is talking, and everyone is working - things usually go well.

The problem with working on old buildings is that nothing can be properly planned in the same way as for a new-build project . You just dont know what is going to appear from under the woodwork - another rotten beam, a broken lintel - decayed stonework, or previously unknown historic fabric that changes the direction of the work.

Good project management is essential - and the more insights that management have into the things that are likely to go wrong, the more chance we have of keeping the entire project to a sensible budget.

Its not easy - clients have to establish a firm budget, and everything has to try and stay within that - which is where communication comes in. At every step of the way, changes have to be discussed and understood - so if something goes wrong, financial tweaks can take place to allow a compromise. Sometimes, you run into emergency budgets - sometimes we can do things well under the original estimates. The most important thing to remember is 'Communication'! Always talk, always ask questions, never be afraid to ask a question - there's no such thing as a silly question in this game...

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