Hiring a Project Manager gives you much more control over the build process allowing you to appoint contractors and sub-contractors directly rather than paying a main contractor premium.  It also gives you far more flexibly over design and specification by allowing you to make changes and agree the specification as works proceed.


A professional Project Management Company, with years of experience, will also save you time and money and gives you peace of mind in the knowledge that your project is being managed efficiently and safely whilst ensuring quality and attention to detail is meticulously maintained.


Engaging Samuel James Project Management puts you in control of the build process and avoids the pitfalls of being locked into a contract with a single contractor.



Managing your own building project can be a daunting task especially if you’ve never done it before.  It takes a lot of time, it can be stressful and mistakes can be costly.  Every project is unique but the construction principals are similar so our experience and knowledge will ensure your build is managed efficiently and competitively, mistakes are prevented and above all your project is finished to the highest standards. We have a lot of experience working on high end properties and interior design finishes.

Hiring a Project Management team gives you much more control over the build process allowing you to vet and appoint contractors directly rather than paying a main contractor premium.  It also gives you far more flexibly over design and allows you to make changes and agree the specification as works proceed without being held to ransom by a main contractor.  Building contractors charge  a premium for any additional work and changes to the design or specification...hiring a Project Management team removes this uncertainty and ensures that not only do you engage contractors at competitive prices you won't be paying a premium for any changes or additional works.  Samuel James Project Management will have your best interests at heart and will act as Client Representative throughout the build process.

Most building contractors use sub-contractors for the main elements of their work and as such charge a markup on the sub-contractors costs which are typically 20%.  By engaging Samuel James Project Management to manage the individual appointments not only will you will save 20% of the overall build cost but you also have a trusted and professional company to help guide you through the process and oversee and manage the contractors on site on your behalf.  Our fees typically work out at 5% of build cost which is significantly less than the 20% margins building contractors charge.

We have over 30 years’ experience in Quantity Surveying and Construction Management and offer the following services at a very competitive price:


  • Initial build budget

  • Tendering and contract appointments

  • On site project management

  • Contract administration

  • Health and Safety monitoring


We believe it is imperative to form a positive relationship with our clients as this is a very personal appointment that comes with significant responsibility but is something we find very rewarding too.  We have remained in contact with most of our Clients after completing their projects which is testament to our work and the relationship we form and as such they are usually very enthusiastic about discussing their project and recommending us too.

Based in Ascot we are currently working on projects in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Devon and operate throughout the Home Counties and the South of England.


  • Berkshire

  • Buckinghamshire

  • Devon

  • Hampshire

  • Oxfordshire

  • Surrey 


We would love to hear about your project, whether it is a new build, self build or refurbishment.  Should you be Project Managing your own build we also offer help and support especially if you need time away from your project or if your project is 'distressed' due to a dispute with your contractor or if you have concerns about the quality of their work.

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We like to keep our fee structure as open and competitive as possible and are open to agreeing a fee structure that suits your budget either as a fixed rate, a fixed fee or a percentage of cost but fundamentally whatever suits your requirements and budget. 


Typically, our fees, based on a 4,000 sq/ft new build or refurbishment are as follows but as each project is very individual, we can tailor a fee structure to suit your requirements and budget.


Initial Build Budget 

Initial meeting with the Client (FOC) to understand their brief, preparation of a cost plan by our quantity surveyor, review meeting and subsequent updating of the cost plan to agree a build budget with the Client.  £900 - £1,200


Preparing Tender Documents  

Following agreement of the Cost Plan (build budget) we will prepare a full tender package to be sent to a number of interested contractors for tender.  On receipt of the tender returns we will review and make recommendations based on price, quality and performance and suggest a meeting with the recommended contractors before negotiating on your behalf to secure the best outcome for the Client.  Once we have negotiated the final price and agreed the programme, we will formally appoint the contractors and issue contracts accordingly.  £1,800 - £2,500 per stage 


Site Management  

Once works start on site we will oversee and manage the contractors to ensure that works are being carried out to the design and specification.  As the Clients representative we will have your interests at heart and ensure that quality standards are meticulously maintained, health and safety is being closely monitored and the programme is adhered to.  To achieve this we be on site as often as is required and at least three times a week and hold regular meetings with the Client, the design team and contractors.   We will be in constant communication with the Client, the design team and contractors throughout the project and available to discuss any aspect of your project at anytime.  £900 per week


Contract administration 

Agree monthly valuations with the contractors, update the Cost Plan, report on cost to date and cost to complete and issue payment certificates accordingly.  We strongly recommend that any contract is between the Client and the Contractors and payments from the Client are made directly to the contractors.  £600  per month


Health and Safety monitoring 

To take full responsibly for Health and Safety and act as Principal Contractor for the purpose of monitoring Health and Safety.  Prepare the site Health and Safety file, review and monitor the contractors Health and Safety files, risk assessments and method statements.  £600 per month




Extension and refurbishment of a commercial building in the heart of Windsor Conservation Area.


Recently completed large, high specification, SIPS self build.


Basement and groundworks for a stunning 28,000sq/ft new build in Wentworth.

A complete refurbishment of a property in Surrey to include discreet air-conditioning, new bathrooms, kitchen and AV thoughout.


A complete refurbishment of a property in Surrey, which included a new spiral cellar, unique feature staircase, new bathrooms throughout, new kitchen and internal alternations.

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Simon Dane – Director and Project Manager

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I have been involved in the house building and development sector for over 30 years having worked for a number of prominent developers and contractors before setting up my own company in 1997.  Starting with just a small team we soon established ourselves as one of the main contractors in the area employing over 50 staff.  


During this period I was fortunate enough to be able to build my own property and realised there is an opportunity for a good Project Management Company to assist Clients building or refurbishing their own home.


Since 2009 I have project managed a number of high end refurbishments and new builds for a number of prominent clients including sports personalities and the Dubai Royal Family.  I worked with Alexander James Interiors for a number of years too and as such have a lot of experience with high end interior design concepts having worked with a number of award winning interior designers.


Employing a project manager is a very personal appointment that comes with significant responsibility but I feel very fortunate and privileged to do what I do.  Not only do I come with significant knowledge and experience I am professional, enthusiastic and reliable and above all I am trusted implicitly by my Clients.

Simon Ridgers - Health and Safety and Project Manager



In 2006 moved into construction health and safety focusing mainly on The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations, working on all types of projects from a single house to large developments across the south of England.

I am a member of the Chartered Institute of Building, Certified Member of The Association of Project Safety and a Technician member of the Institute of Occupational Safety & Health.

Prior to 2006 I gained 30 years experience in main contracting, starting as a tradesman and working up through site and project management roles to become Construction Director with responsibility for a team of contracts managers and site managers.

Dominic Brooks - Project Manager

A very experienced and professional Project Manager with a range of skills ranging from building surveys, design and space planning and an understanding of architecture and both RIBA and RICS documents and protocols. A detailed knowledge of the construction industry with a repertoire in contract administration and project management to a high standard. 


Having taken a foothold in the property industry in 1991 and with a host of roles within the last 29 years I am able to offer a breadth of knowledge and experience in all aspects related to property and construction management. 


With a keen eye for detail in the written word alongside a creative brain and an intimate understanding of property and architecture I have succeeded in an administrative and management role for many years as a contract administrator and project manager for medium to large residential builds within the South of England, ranging from Country houses to commercial operations.




Simon Dane, Director & Project Manager

Tel:  07831 877744


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