Project team considerations

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For your path project to be successful, it is important to consider and appoint a project team to design, plan and manage the project for you. The consideration of who you appoint should happen at the early planning stage, and their appointments made as early as possible, so their involvement provides a real benefit to the project.

Regardless of your projects size, complexity and risks, who you appoint into the project team will depend on how many contractors will be involved in construction stage.  The CDM Regulations 2015 separates construction projects into two types based on how many contractors will be working on site at any one time.

The two types of project are:

  • One contractor project - if your project only needs one contractor to carry out all of the work, you will need a designer and contractor.  An example of where this might happen - one contractor resurfacing a tarmac path when no other contractors are required to do any work.

  • More than one contactor project - if your project needs more than one contractor to carry out different parts of the work, you will need a principal designer and principal contractor.  An example that might occur, a contractor building the base layer of a new path (including groundworks and landscaping works) and a surfacing contractor laying the new tarmac surface - that is two contractors involved.  The contractor who builds the base layer would be principal contractor and the surfacing contractor a sub-contractor, under the control of principal contractor.

Others to consider for large and complex projects

Project manager

You may choose to appoint a project manager to represent you and to act as the lead person for the day-to-day management of the project, where you do not have the skills, knowledge, and experience to manage a large and complex project.  If you have asked them to (in writing), the project manager will provide advice and assistance in managing all key tasks connected to the project, such as:

  • Preparing a client brief

  • Managing risks and changes

  • Managing a project budget and programme

  • Appointing a consultant as required

  • Deciding on procurement options

  • Seeking project funds

  • Managing project recording arrangements

  • Carrying out clients CDM responsibilities

Quantity surveyor

You may want to appoint quantity surveyor to provide cost advice and assistance to the project manager during the project, on:

  • Preparing cost estimates

  • Preparing bill of quantities

  • Developing and preparing tender document

  • Dealing with tender queries
  • Receiving and assessing tenders

  • Preparing the tender report (with recommendations)

  • Monitoring project send

  • Preparing and issuing regular cost flow reports

  • Dealing with measured valuations

  • Dealing with interim payments

  • Assisting with negotiations, if any work variations (changes) occur

  • Cooperating with contractor (or principal contractor) on final contract and defects period payments.

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