Construction management

The following Construction practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Construction management
  • What is construction management?
  • Role of the construction manager
  • Trade contractors—what do they do?
  • Why use construction management?

Construction management

This Practice Note provides an explanation of construction management, the advantages and disadvantages of this type of procurement and the roles of the parties.

The most popular procurement methods in the UK construction industry at present are the traditional or the design and build routes (see Practice Notes: Traditional procurement of construction contracts and Design and build procurement). Management procurement is currently less popular, although this was not always the case. During the late 1980s and early 1990s management procurement was favoured for many of the large commercial developments built at that time. It is possible that the pendulum will swing that way again in the future.

The two most common variants of management procurement are management contracting and construction management (see also Practice Note Management contracting).

What is construction management?

In construction management the client appoints a team of consultants to design the project in the usual way. As part of its professional team, the client will also appoint a construction manager to advise on construction issues and to manage and coordinate the construction process.

Unlike a contractor in a traditional procurement process, the construction manager will not actually carry out any construction itself, but will manage a series of contractors referred to as trade contractors, on behalf of the client. The trade contractors are all engaged directly by the client under separate trade contracts to

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