4 Key Steps to A Successful Construction Project

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It’s easy for any construction project to suffer setbacks. Overspending, poor communication and unrealistic designs are just three of the common factors that cause delays, stress and unnecessary expense.

So, how can you avoid these pitfalls when planning your next construction project? These four simple tips will maximise your chances of success.

Hire a construction project manager who really knows his stuff.

There is no substitute for the expertise that an experienced construction project manager can give you. Any construction manager worth their salt can pinpoint potential problems at the planning stage, and cover them before they can have any negative (sometimes catastrophic) effects.

A good construction project manager will be able to strike the right balance between design and costs, and appreciate the realities of delivering high-end or bespoke construction projects.

Nothing beats hands-on experience. So when evaluating a potential manager, keep an eye out for someone who has worked in both design and quantity surveying. If you can, find a project manager who has also been the boots on the ground, and understands the realities of working on a construction site.

Clarify your construction project goals.

Every project, from mixed use development to a commercial-to-residential conversion and everything in between, needs to be planned with a clear outcome in mind.

Clarify your construction project goals.

Every project, from mixed use development to a commercial-to-residential conversion and everything in between, needs to be planned with a clear outcome in mind.

Before even thinking about putting pen to paper, you should determine exactly what you want to get out of your construction project. Whether that’s something aesthetically pleasing, something that adds value, something that opens up new functionality for your premises, or a combination.

Once you’ve determined that end goal, you can then investigate whether that’s achievable within your timeframe and budget. This is where your experienced construction project manager comes into his or her own.

Bulletproof your brief.

Ensuring your brief is both achievable and meets your needs is a fine balancing act. You want to apply an eye-catching and aspirational design — but is that viable for your budget? You want to adopt the latest energy-saving and sustainable technologies — but do the benefits in lower bills and lower emissions outweigh the installation cost?

When it comes to intelligent planning, a skilled construction project manager is indispensable. They’ll help you develop a brief that will be completed on time and on budget, but still include as many of your preferred features and innovations as is practically possible.

As a bonus, you’ll also save time, secure your budget, reduce wastage, and protect your investment. However you look at it, a solid brief is a win-win for any construction project.

Assemble your perfect construction project team.

Your construction project manager may be the best conductor in the world, but they’re nothing without a stellar orchestra playing the instruments.

A skilled project manager will not only bring together the right skills and expertise in every area required, but also ensure these players work well together with a positive team dynamic.

With the perfect mix of people in place, your construction project should run smoothly day-to-day, with minimal risk of errors or cost overruns, and no clashes between teams that can easily lead to delays.

In summary

As high-end residential and commercial project managers, Buildsmith Solutions have years of experience in shutting down the common mistakes that lead to construction horror stories.

Talk to us today for a free, no obligation consultation. In 30 minutes, we’ll flag up the potential hazards in your project, and identify how you can navigate past them with ease. Find out more here.

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