Essays on Successful Completion of the Brighhouse and Sowerby Towns Case Study

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The paper 'Successful Completion of the Brighhouse and Sowerby Towns" is a great example of a management case study.   This report analyses the successful completion of the Brighhouse and Sowerby town construction of community swimming and sports facilities. The Brighhouse and Sowerby towns have been having public swimming pools. The swimming pools were worn out and were beyond operational life. There was thus the need to replace the projects and Calderdale Council in 2006 came up with the project to construct new facilities which were supposed to serve the towns.

The funds for the projects were to be secured from the sale of properties that the Calderdale Council had co-owned. The council projected the cost of the project to be $10.6 million, it thus sold some of its facilities and raised the $6.5 million. However, on engaging Turner and Townsend, a reputable management firm, the projections or the project were revised to $17.93 million (APM 2011, p. 2). Objectives The objectives of the project were to construct new two modern swimming facilities in the two towns which were to meet the leisure needs of the community.

The two facilities were to be completed within a strict timeline and projected opening time was the last quarter of 2010. The council also had the mandate to raise the deficit of $7.34 million. The $17.93 million was sufficient for the construction of 25 metres swimming pool, a learner pool, multi-purpose studio and suite for fitness in the two towns (APM 2011, p. 5). Project stakeholder analysis The main stakeholders involved in the project included the Calderie Council, Turner and Townsend, the contractor (Willmott Dixon Construction) and the design team, see appendix 1 for the roles of the stakeholders.

In the implementation of a project, the stakeholders play a very significant role both in the decision making and the actual implementation of the project (Hartley 2009). The stakeholders have a very critical role especially in the initial project phase where decision making and designing of the project are very important. According to Barker and Cole (2012, p. 17), the identification and involvement of all the stakeholders ensure full participation and is integral in ensuring that all the necessary needs for the project are included in the project.

For instance, in this project, the needs of the community were very important, as the project was to benefit the community. Therefore, the community provided important views for the project and was constantly updated on the progress. This is bearing in mind that the project was geared at benefiting the community. The council worked in hand with the contractors in the provision of the guidance on the requirements that are needed for the sports facilities. For each site, the list of the required facilities was agreed upon and the business case that was required for the funding was also completed.

After t approval of the business case, all the team concerned were also involved in the drawing of the strategic brief. The strategic brief is an important component of any project, according to Craig (2012, p. 81), a strategic brief is critical in ensuring the robustness of the project and helps in avoiding inconveniences that result due to changes in the process of the implementation of the project. The project team also had to incorporate the views of the community and provided progress updates as part of the participatory approach to the project.

Appendix 1 is a summary in regards to stakeholders’ roles during the project planning and execution.

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