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"Building or refurbishing your home is a huge task, and the amount of awareness required for this mission is very often misunderstood and vastly underestimated." 
Vince Holden MCIOB
Hosted by Vince Holden, this workshop will provide the opportunity for people wanting to manage their own project, to find the necessary tools, information and advice.
"There is so much information required between designer(s), client and builder with too many gaps in the collation of this information." 
Vince Holden MCIOB


Join chartered construction manager Vince Holden MCIOB for an interactive workshop, to be held on the dates shown below. Draw upon over 40 years of practical experience to discover the essential and numerous types of tools needed to project manage renovations and new builds. There are only 30 places available per event so book now before it’s too late!

This one day workshop combines practical insight with decades of knowledge across a selection of construction topics. In partnership with Vince’s books, the subjects will provide the knowledge you need to successfully manage your building project. The difference between this and other courses out there is that ex builder and author Vince project manages on a daily basis and truly understands what it takes to manage a project.


The day will discuss the managerial skills required to organise the work and understand the importance of the correct procedures involved in self-building. Furthermore, you will learn about the many potential obstacles in the build process and how to tackle and supervise with your nerves intact.

All guests will receive their very own Self-Build Guide book on either the Project Management or Construction phases usually RRP £25.00. This will be sent at the time of booking.


This workshop will provide crucial  skills and knowledge for anyone who is:


  • Undertaking a new build

  • Contemplating or undertaking a refurbishment or extension project

  • A property developer wishing to understand more of the project management structure

  • Looking to expand their knowledge of project management in construction



9:00 - 9:30 - Registration and coffee

9:30 - 9:45 - Introduction

9:45 - 10:15  - Working with your architect/designer, planning conditions and building regulations

How much thought have you paid to the role of your Architect? Architects are a critical part of many building projects but, they are not solely responsible for this stage in your build. They have a role, but so do you. This session will discuss how active you need to be during design, planning and building regulations.


10:15 - 10:45  - Energy performance measures and renewable technologies

A hot topic at the moment and something many are trying to incorporate into their projects, but how complex can it be? This session will help you to understand the importance of Uvalues, insulation measures and airtightness as an important element of the design.

10:45 - 11:15 - Coffee break


11:15 - 12:00 - What construction method to use

Many assume that they are restricted to a single type of construction method, which is often favoured by their builder, despite their being a number of choices out there. This session discusses the advantages and suitability of the different construction methods; from Masonry Construction to Timber Frame and ICF.


12:00 - 12:45 - Creating a schedule of works, costing the works and going out to tender

A pivotal part of any project, the schedule of works, costing and tender process needs to be carried out correctly, and the accuracy of the quotes will only be as good as the information that you create. This session covers how to get it right.

12:45 - 1:00 - Q&A


1:00 - 2:00 - Lunch

Lunch and refreshments will be provided.


2:00 - 2:45 - Deciding on and working with contractors

No two builders are the same, we have all heard the horror stories on this topic! Deciding on who you work with is a critical part of your project and can ultimately define its success as well as your stress levels and happiness with the end result. This task is a minefield so this session will provide guidance on how you can define who is right for you and your project.

2:45 - 3:30  - Site set up, management and organising, CDM – health and safety obligations

How much are you responsible for on your site? If you are managing the project then you are in charge and the site will only run well if the person in charge understands the organisation and disciplines required. This session discusses what you need to know, what regulations you need to adhere to and what you are responsible for.


3:30 - 4:00 - VAT

The topic of VAT is often received with dread, with many fearing its complexity and associating it with a world of effort and pain. Managing VAT on your project really isn't as complicated as you might think and this session guides you through the entire process including, what sites are VAT exempt, what can be offset against the reclaim scheme.


4:00 - 4:30 -  Any final questions and event summary


4:30 - Event Ends

Topic not covered? Suggest a topic and Vince will endeavour to incorporate it


The Boxers Barn,

The George Inn

29 Windsor Rd

Wraysbury, Staines

TW19 5DE

*Free parking is available


Wed 18th April 2018

Wed 20th June 2018

9:00am - 4:30pm


£150 per person 

Only 30 places available!



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