Top 5 books for Construction Project Management and Business

Updated: Apr 27

Introduction to Project Management

Construction is an inherently high-risk, high-cost, long-term activity and low-margin business with countless opportunities for miscoordination, miscommunication and disconnected processes. The construction industry in the UK contributes to a turnout of £110 billion per annum with a 7% contribution to GDP and accounts for approximately 3 million jobs, 10% of total employment in the UK.

As boldly stated by the UK government publication “Construction 2025in 2013 some ambitious goals were set for the future strategy of the construction industry. A 33% reduction in the initial cost of construction and the whole-life costs of built assets and a 50% reduction in the overall time, from inception to completion, for newbuild and refurbished assets were set to be achieved.

Furthermore, the goals set completely align with the primal pillars of the project management practice also defined as the golden triangle, driven by objectives of cost, time and quality. Project managers of civil engineering projects will play a vital role in achieving these set goals by improving the processes and systems used in delivering projects.

5. Value And Risk Management: A Guide to Best Practice by Michael F. Dallas

Published on behalf of the Chartered Institute of Building with cross-industry institutional support:

  • Combines value and risk management which are often considered, wrongly, in isolation

  • Makes a complicated subject accessible to a wide audience of construction practitioners

  • Features checklists and proformas to aid the implementation of best practice

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4. Introduction to Building Procurement by Brian Greenhalgh

With chapter summaries and tutorial questions provided throughout the book, the reader will get to grips with the following topics:

  • the structure of the construction industry

  • the nature of clients

  • the historical development of building procurement methods

  • the roles and responsibilities carried out in any project.

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3. Accounting for Non-Accounting Students by John R. Dyson