Ann Allen MBE FRICS, executive director of estates and commercial services at the University of Glasgow shares her extensive experience of working with project managers.

What do you understand to be the role of a project manager?

A project manager on a construction project can have many roles depending on who they are representing. On any large scheme at the University of Glasgow we have two senior estates colleagues who work together: the development manager and the project manager.

The development manager works with the internal client: our academic. The development manager’s role is to shape and develop the brief, clearly articulating the benefits and then compiling the business case for the project. Up until the point of business case approval, the development manager is the key university lead collaborating with the design team.

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