Project management in any business has as much to do with managing time as it does with controlling budget. I have considerable experience in project management from working in the marketing industry including organising mammoth, multiple site public-facing events! But of course I knew what I was doing then and I knew in what order things should be done.
Now I am guessing – and of course seeking counsel from the two experts who are currently covered in concrete dust – Andy and Neil. (If you remember Pig-Pen from Charlie Brown that gives you an idea but without the insects!).
An example. The roof has to be fixed. This will now start in January – clearly not a great time of year to be on the roof stripping it bare but there is no choice. Scaffolding is necessary but am delighted with the ideas and patience of Patrick Warren Scaffolding – and because we are on a road we require a Highways Licence. This needs to be submitted to the Council at least 10 working days prior to the build date. Whilst the scaffolding is in place I also need to arrange the external rendering or pay again for the scaffolding at the end of the project so its being done during/after the roof work. Rendering (by pub supporter and regular Pete the Plasterer) requires that the replacement windows – 4 in all – must be fitted before the job starts. These can take 4 – 6 weeks to measure and make – and of course, its Xmas and not all factories stay open. Externally, the property must be free of any accoutrements – signage, lights, ivy, water pipes, flaky paint, etc, and in our case, the covered walkway to the outside toilets need to come down. Having scaffolding in place also means a decision needs to be made regarding the fireplaces so we can fit the appropriate chimney liners but this is determined by the open plan kitchen and so on and so on. And then what am I going to do about the gutters and downpipes?
The decision on type of tiles for the roof is also imminent.
Then there is the question of having to move the electricity supply into the building from what will be a shower room into the new utility room. It sounds simple but requires multiple large companies and my electrician to be involved. But that’s for another time.
This all in a week when we are installing acrow props that will hold the property up whilst we move a huge steel! There are 19 props, plus numerous wooden wall supports and an ingenious lifting device designed by Andy.
By the way, when I say WE, I don’t mean ME.
It all looked terrifying – or as Neil calls it “squeaky bum time” – and my anxiety levels hit a high so I opted out and went shopping for bathroom ideas…and a little black dress! It is Xmas time after all!
When I returned the steel was moved and the pub was still standing.
Neil and Andy looked utterly relieved.
Don’t know why they were so worried!