What is Project Management in Construction?

What is Project Management in Construction?

Construction projects are complex. Thankfully, construction project management is gaining more authority and is proving to be invaluable on larger construction projects. A good construction project manager will have knowledge and experience across a range of disciplines including finance, business, law, conflict resolution and more.

The main objective is to complete the project to the client’s requirements within budget and on time. Construction project management involves the planning, coordination, and execution of construction projects across a range of industries from industrial, commercial, agricultural, residential or heavy civil projects. 


What is the role of the project manager?

Construction project managers plan, coordinate, manage the budget and supervise the project from conception to completion. The key goal is to manage the project so that it finishes on schedule, within budget, meeting defined plans and planning permissions. They also;

  • Negotiate cost estimates and plan the budget,
  • Contract management for all parties involved,
  • Organise working schedules, and
  • Communicate with clients regularly to update them on work and budget.


Critical stages of construction project management

The first step is getting bids from contractors and subcontractors. It all starts with a cost estimation to understand how much the project will cost.

1. Initiation 

This stage is about evaluating the business case to define the feasibility of the project. This may include feasibility testing and the preparation of a project initiation document.


2. Planning

The planning stage is focused on creating a project roadmap for all contractors and subcontractors involved. This will include a scope statement, communication plan and risk management plan. 


3. Execution

The Project Manager organised the start date of the project, which may include a kickoff meeting. Each contractor, subcontractor and any third parties will begin to assign recourses to the project.


4. Performance tracking

Tracking and monitoring generally work concurrently with the execution phase. A good project manager monitors and measures the progress and performance of every element of the project.


5. Project closure

The Construction Project Manager usually holds the final meeting to identify and discuss what parts of the project were a success and which didn’t meet the goals.


At Chancery Group, we believe in working hard to make progress in the most cost-effective manner rather than working hard to fix expensive, preventable mistakes. Our team specialises in Chartered Quantity Surveying, Cost Consulting Services, Construction Project Management Services, Project Management Surveying and Chartered Engineering Services.

We provide these services across the Republic of Ireland to a wide variety of clients in the private and public sectors, including developers, main contractors, specialist subcontractors, government agencies, religious orders, court services and commercial enterprises. To find out more about our services, contact us via email info@chancerygroup.ie or call us on 057 935230.