3.4 Plant

Planning and cost

"Planning a project takes good numerical skills to do the sums and strong communication skills to work with subcontractors like plant hire companies. I’m a Commercial Trainee. I spend most of my time on site helping to price up projects. Every job is different and so is every day on site –- there’s always a challenge to overcome.

It’s vital to get the planning right, so that each subcontractor helps us to finish on time, on budget, to the best possible quality."

Claudia Farmer, Wates Trainee

You are a project planning team for a new school. Work out what plant will be needed at each stage. Think about the jobs that have to be done, and choose your machines.

Make notes as you work through each slide:

  • Use the information to work out how long each stage lasts.
  • Decide what plant you need for each task.
  • Write down the weekly cost.

Use a spreadsheet to work out the total cost and total time for the plant that you use:

  • Organise your spreadsheet into the stages used in the slides.
  • Use a row for each type of machine.
  • Use a column to represent each week.

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Functional skills

  • Start with a plan of what to do.
  • Organise your notes so they make sense.
  • Check your spreadsheet – do your calculations make sense?

Enterprise skills

  • Financial capability

The enterprise process:

  • Planning