Project Management in construction cannot be underestimated when it comes to renovation and deep retrofit projects.
Project management can be defined as ‘The discipline of initiating, planning, executing, controlling and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific criteria’.
Building projects can be quite stressful and challenging – even for seasoned project management professionals. There are multiple factors to consider in any retrofit or renovation. From finding the best quote and dealing with numerous suppliers and contractors, to making important decisions -a project manager is an essential link that will ensure the smooth running of your building project. Efficient project management will ensure that the client receives a finished product that meets their expectations.
Successful project management in construction requires a wide range of qualities and skills. Not only do projects need to be finished on time and within budget, they need to adhere to specific building regulations. Strong communication skills are vital, as is the ability to make decisions, problem solve and resolve conflicts. Time management, cost control, knowledge of health and safety on site and experience of the building process – these are all valuable and necessary prerequisites in a project manager. One of the benefits of working with RENOVA is that we plan, budget, design, programme and monitor costs during your renovation or retrofit project. We offer a single point of contact for our clients throughout every renovation. We are your project manager.
Early investment in planning, programming and design can deliver benefits and avoid unnecessary costs and delays. The first part of our project management process at RENOVA is agreeing upon the budget. As Chartered Quantity Surveyors we will adhere to this budget. The control of costs requires continual cost management and monitoring throughout the building process.
Renovation work and in particular deep retrofit, requires good project management. There are many component parts to deep retrofit that need to be ‘stitched together’ for a successful outcome. For example – air-tightness is incorporated into the dry-lining, ventilation goes hand in hand with insulation, plumbing pipework is installed underneath the floor before it is insulated. The sequence of events is quite specific and cannot be successfully deviated from. There are also a host of jobs and tasks in any building project that are not the responsibility of any particular trade – preparatory works, purchasing materials, ordering skips, filling holes, tidying up, and snagging to name but a few. These jobs are known as ‘builders’ works’ and will become your responsibility if you decide to build by ‘direct labour’.
It is now essential that your contractor (project manager) is fully insured with Public Liability, Employer’s Liability and All Risks Insurance cover. If an accident occurs on site and they are not insured, then you, the homeowner are liable. It is also now legally required of clients to notify the Health and Safety Authority if any work is being carried out on a private, domestic dwelling. As well as this, the client is obliged to keep a Safety File for the duration of the build. It goes without saying that RENOVA is a fully competent and insured company. We employ our own staff to carry out the works, but when subcontractors are needed we ensure that they are reputable, fully registered and insured. As your project manager, we will notify the Health and Safety Authority on your behalf and supply you with the Safety File.
From the initial meeting at your home or at our showroom, RENOVA will work with you to ensure a successful outcome to your building project. Our collaborative, 360 degree approach to Design and Build is a key factor in our success.
RENOVA, as project manager, will take care of all the loose ends so that nothing is left undone!
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