MA Construction Project Management graduate Ben Hitchcock is a Senior Project Manager who works for global consultancy firm, Mott MacDonald.
I was initially attracted to the Construction Project Management masters because I really enjoy working with and learning from people. I’ve always enjoyed thinking outside of the box and problem solving, so I joined a company as an assistant project manager, worked my way up and never looked back.
When I initially got the call to deliver the Dragon Heart Hospital, I was extremely excited and proud to be getting involved in such a prestigious and important scheme. That being said, it wasn’t until I really got my head around the nuts and bolts of what we had to achieve within the time scales that we had that I really understood the gravity of the task at hand.
The challenges that we faced as a team were phenomenal, working 15-hour days, 7 day a week. Typically, I can spend 10 years designing and planning to build a hospital with designers, contractors and stakeholders but I was being asked to deliver a 2000 bed hospital, inside a rugby stadium, in a month!
Every day was a learning experience, and the project demanded every possible application of Project Management from you: Cost Management, Risk Management, Programme Management, Procurement, Stakeholder Management, Design Management, Communication Management, Conflict Management, Resource Management and much more. I’m extremely proud to have been able to have helped the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board when they needed it the most.
If you are thinking of studying the master’s degree in construction project management, my advice to you would be: enjoy it, learn from it and expand on it. This will bolster the foundations of your continued future development which will benefit you in the long run.