Clients rightly expect their construction or refurbishment projects to be completed
in accordance with their requirements, within the agreed programme and budget.
Effective project management is not easy.
To make it seem so requires a combination of experience, knowledge and skill across
a range of disciplines including administration, cost control and scheduling, in
addition to technical expertise and diplomacy,,,and crystal ball reading.
We have these abilities, allowing us coordinate other professionals (if applicable)
and contractors to achieve the Client’s requirements on time and within budget on
There are various tools at the Project Manager’s disposal. Flow diagrams, critical
path analysis, etc all help but in the end it is the responsibility of the Project
Manager to deliver as promised — all the packaging in the world cannot disguise a
basic failure if this does not happen.
As successful project managers, we are confident of our ability to ‘deliver as promised’
on lift and escalator contracts. Our experience gives us a broad and realistic view
of the construction and refurbishment industries. We can see where problems may arise,
we help to clear these in advance and we do not waste time on trivial matters.
Above all, we keep the Client’s requirements at the front of our minds at all times.
It is all too easy to forget the reason for the project when aiming for the perfect
artistic design at the expense of its usability, or specifying ‘state of the art’
technology without due consideration for cost or time.
We keep our Clients informed on all fronts as necessary. We do not deluge them with
detail or submit only retrospective statements of fact, but report on important matters
as they arise in a clear and concise manner, presenting options if appropriate in
sufficient time to allow our Client’s decision to be an informed one.
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To achieve this on any but the simplest scheme involves many different specialists,
including the Client’s professional advisers and the contractors, encompassing a
variety of skills: technical knowledge, design flair, scheduling, manufacture, installation
and commissioning, and cost control.
Blending these into a team that is working together to realise a common objective
requires a great deal of skill and perseverance. Confrontation has the opposite effect
to that desired, pleading shows a weakness to be exploited — it is necessary to find
the right approach for each situation, a solution for every problem.
The conceptual design needs to be defined and packaged in a manner to allow it to
be tendered and ordered without causing disputes at a later date. The potential areas
of disagreement (price, performance, contract or programme) must be clearly understood
by all. This requires unambiguous, achievable detailed specifications, realistic
schedules and contract conditions that are fair to both parties without reducing
the Client’s ability to enforce them if necessary.
The mark of good project managers is when their presence is not noticed; the job
is running smoothly and their abilities may not be realised.
This is not luck — it is the result of ‘preventative maintenance’ rather than ‘firefighting’,
of having the right people doing the right thing at the right time.
We offer professional project management: On time As specifiedü To budget