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The NSBRC Guide to Project Management

The NSBRC Guide to Project Management

We’re with you every step of the way!

This course is essential for anyone considering their first self build, home improvement, loft conversion or renovation project. Covering everything from budgeting, insurance and site management through to health & safety, snagging and VAT reclaim.

This one-day event is delivered by experienced Project Manager, Charlie Laing. Charlie has presented NSBRC courses for several years and is Director at CLPM Ltd, a specialist project management business.

Charlie is a building project management expert and heads up our project management team. As a member of the Laing family construction dynasty, you could quite literally say building is in Charlie’s blood. With over 25 years in the industry, Charlie has project managed everything from major commercial projects overseas to more modest residential new builds and renovations in the UK.

What will the course cover?

Project Management Basics

  • Sequencing your Build
  • Project Management Options
  • Build Routes
  • Programme Management

Budgeting - Setting and Establishing a Budget

  • Controlling Expenditure
  • Insurances and Warranties
  • VAT Reclaim

Trades and Materials

  • Sourcing and Managing Trades
  • Getting a Price
  • Contract Options
  • Sourcing Materials
  • Quality Control

Site Preparation and Set up

  • Site Management
  • Avoiding the Pitfalls
  • Health and Safety
  • Completion
delivered in such an understandable, no nonsense way

A tremendous thank you for the invaluable advice and information which was delivered in such an understandable, no nonsense way. It has enabled me to narrow down the best route for me to take for my forever home.”

exceeded my expectations

Thank you so much for the Project Management Course. I found it so valuable, so well organised - it exceeded my expectations


You did a wonderful job of putting this course together [...] I really appreciated being able to participate online and learnt so much that will prove invaluable when we come to build our new home. Thank you everyone, it was fab!

Refund Policy - The Project Management Course

Cost of one-day courses held at the Centre per person: £165.00 gbp (VAT inclusive).

Cost of one-day virtual courses per device: £85 gbp (VAT inclusive).

We offer course places on a first come first serve basis.

If you are unable to attend the course after booking, we can transfer your place to another course date if you notify us at least a week before the event (subject to availability). Please notify us as soon as possible.

Please note that we will issue a full refund if you notify us up to 7 days prior to the event start date, if you notify us after this time your payment will be non-refundable.


  • £165.00 (In-person)
  • £85.00 (Virtual)
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