project management

Project management is the management of people, time and costs by an individual or a team to ensure the efficient commencement, progress and conclusion of a project. All these elements apply to construction projects.

Project managers in the construction industry are responsible for planning and managing building projects, such as refurbishing a house or building a skyscraper.

Their responsibilities include design, procurement, planning authorities, budget, contractors, clients, change, the lifecycle of the project, document management and other areas, to ensure that the construction project reaches a desired conclusion.

Project management in the construction industry also has to comply with sustainability, insurance, health and safety, and legal requirements of the country in which the project is based.

You may want to find out more about project management if you are: 

  • Planning a building or construction project
  • Considering a career in construction project management
  • Working on a university assignment about project management

Chartered surveyors are often responsible for managing construction projects - quantity surveyors manage the cost of a construction project, for example. RICS is the professional body for chartered surveyors, hence the involvement of RICS with project management.