Big construction companies have people who specialise in identifying and purchasing pieces of land which are suitable for the housing development.
It is important that house building companies work closely with the Local Authority Planning Department. All building work has to have planning permission to make sure that it is being built correctly and that it does not cause any problems to the local community.Can't find the role you're looking for?
Once planning permission has been given, more detailed plans can be created to make sure that all building materials are bought and in place at the right time.
These materials will need to be costed and, where possible, sustainable resources will be used. People will start marking out where the houses and access road will be located and make sure that the site is properly secured.Can't find the role you're looking for?
The first stage on most housing developments is to install and connect the access roads as construction delivery vehicles will need to use these as well as the residents.
Water, gas, electricity, drainage and communication links are usually included in the road construction. At all times the costs will be monitored to ensure that it is delivered on time and on budget. The Commercial Department has many specialists who make sure that the workers and suppliers are paid and that everything is constructed to the plan and to health and safety building regulations.Can't find the role you're looking for?
Once all permissions have been given and a final design has been approved, the actual construction work will start on site.
This is the part of the process which is most visible and where craft trades are required (for example, groundworkers, bricklayers, joiners, plasterers, painters & decorators and many more!) This is where the vision and planning becomes a reality!Can't find the role you're looking for?
Bigger projects have specialist people who work closely with any surrounding community to make sure that the building work effects their day to day life as little as possible.
Once built, people are needed to sell the houses and advise those who may wish to buy on mortgages and other financial and legal considerations.Can't find the role you're looking for?
Bigger house building companies have offices which need receptionists, admin and human resource departments just like any other business.
There is also often a lot of marketing around new housing developments. These are classed as non-construction specialist occupations.Can't find the role you're looking for?
Roles In Construction
An interactive tour through the 6 stages of house building and the roles in construction involved in each. Click the "+" symbols to find out about a specific role and use the right-hand-side navigation arrows to move through the stages.
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