Project Management

I have committed to be the lead the Project Manager for our Phase 1 development; so I am now amidst emotions of excitement, anticipation, eagerness, all with a touch of anxiety as I start to scope this role and associated responsibility.

The challenge is perhaps self-imposed by my wish to do my best for the group. While drawing on upon my related experience and competencies, I will also be researching current resources and consulting experts. Phase 1 will include installing/ replacing utilities, improving access and the development of the Byre.

The group has decided to do ‘self-build’ and our Project Management group of Sheila, my assistant and Leo, our architect/ designer will be central to sharing the workload to maintain collaboration and momentum. This ‘self-build’ will extend:

* to direct practical tasks where we have sufficient skills and time,

* communication with Planning and Building Inspector Departments,

* coordination with English Heritage,

* sub-contractor selection and management,

* compliance with HSE CDM Regulation,

* site preparation incl. new utility connections,

* procurement of materials,

* direct site management,

* budget control,

* and so much more.

Our mechanism of delivery for control (time/money/quality) has yet to be agreed.

We are mindful that enjoying the journey from now to completion of Phase 1 is essential; celebrating as we progress will keep us focussed on our co-housing ethos. As an intentional community our happiness arises from many components and shelter is just one of these that nourishes us as individuals and as a group. Regular check that we are keeping the work associated with this development phase in proportion will be important during our journey. We can celebrate progress with blogs onto this website.

Sheena

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