Planning excellence is very important to Willmott Dixon, which is driving a programme of culture change to connect every employee with planning and the effective use of time. Its residential teams work from local construction offices nationwide in a ‘one company’ approach. Its housing customers benefit from consistency and broad access to all the skills, expertise and know-how.

Powerproject has features that are designed to support the high degree of repetition in housebuilding, including templates and the ability to view multiple builds on one screen. Paul Hoskins, National Planning Manager at Willmott Dixon, said that “because of the repetitive work elements, what is particularly useful is the way you can put multiple tasks per line then repeat them in Powerproject. It makes it very simple for the team.”

Paul explained: “We ask our people on projects to be accountable and responsible for their time on their projects. A lot of them will do the planning, the thinking and the scheduling that goes with it. We have equipped them with Powerproject so they have the ability to do the things they need to do without waiting for a planner to come along and update the programme. We used to use MS Project before moving over a couple of years ago… it was a lot less accessible and it was more clunky – now it is much more intuitive.” Read the full article here.