Why is a construction programme important?

Construction programmes have many uses and are a vital part of the way that projects are managed and delivered. Working with a construction programme is often a contractual requirement – and for good reason, as it provides everyone involved in the project with a framework to refer back to. This creates many different benefits, including ensuring that your project not only comes in on time but is delivered on the budget too.

What is a construction programme?

It’s the skeleton of your project, a management tool, and a way to keep track of everything that is involved, from the resources required to the tasks assigned to different teams and contractors involved. Among many things, a construction programme will include:

  • The scope of work of the project.
  • Key timelines, including lead times and development periods.
  • An outline of the activities that are going to be involved in the project, as well as the order in which they are going to happen.
  • Information about all the resources necessary to bring the project to life, whether they are human resources, materials or services.
  • Data about the financial side of the project, including cash flow and budgets.

Why is a construction programme important?

When you’re working with a construction programme you can plan effectively, ensuring that you’re able to look ahead and schedule important moments in the project so that they can be delivered on time. It will allow for efficient handling of resources, not just in terms of mapping out those that are involved but where jobs need to be allocated and which activities can be carried out simultaneously. It’s very difficult to maintain control of the financial side of a project without a construction programme, as it’s this that will be the reference point for controlling cash flow and ensuring that money isn’t being wasted between phases. A construction programme will also provide a framework to manage the various relationships involved in the project and ensure a harmonious conclusion.

What do you need to consider for a construction programme?

  • Data gathering. This should include information about objectives and deliverables so that you have a clear idea of timescales and budgets, materials, lead times, staff numbers etc.
  • Prioritisation. Breaking a project down into manageable phases is a vital part of what the construction programme can be used for. This will involve looking at everything that needs to happen, as well as when certain activities need to take place and what needs to be prioritised.
  • Timelines. A bespoke, visual timeline will play a key role in determining the progress of a project, as well as ensuring that it stays on track.
  • Regular review. Once the construction programme is in place it can be used as a regular review tool to ensure that progress is being made as planned. This comparison can create scope for adapting where necessary and adjusting to expectations as they change.

A robust construction programme is key to the success of any project. From planning to review, it’s a vital component in bringing every project to life.

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