A construction manager works closely with the production designer, art director and set designers, They are responsible for the timely and cost effective realisation of the designs. They provide the art director with detailed costs for builds based on the drawings they receive. Where appropriate, they should attend location recces, and production meetings. They oversee the whole team of people involved in construction, which includes but is not limited to: foremen or leading hands, carpenters, labourers, trade assistants, runners, steel workers, props makers, scenic artists, painters, set finishers and plasterers. They can either be on staff and set up a workshop specifically for a production or be contractors working from their own premises on a quote for build basis. When quoted, the costs should include build, set finishing, transport to site, erection, strike and disposal. Construction managers working on site will often provide the bulk of plant and equipment
required for the build. A fee for this needs to be negotiated on commencement of the job.
(Outside contractors will include this cost within their quote.) The equipment provided should
be in safe working order and tagged and tested. A full list of items should be provided
to production for insurance purposes. The construction manager will ensure, through their
foremen, that people operating machinery have the proper competencies, experience
and guidance. In all positions listed below, construction department personnel may be required to
use their computer and CAD programs, vehicle, mobile phone and personal hand tools
and should receive appropriate kit allowances and reimbursements.