Project & Construction Manager in Bristol


Once you appoint a project manager in Bristol, a detailed week by week time line is issued detailing what is to happen and when. This time line together with the budget is reviewed with you weekly.

Save £1000's

Having an independant project manager in Bristol, ensures that you pay directly for materials and labour at cost. You also benefit from our trusted and housetrained tradesmen most of whom have worked with us for years and charge reasonable labour rates.

Net Cost Plus Fee

It's quite simple: you pay invoices directly with no markup. You pay Folley Allan an agreed project managment fee. Your construction project delivered on time and within budget.

Our Services

We work with you to plan your building project, understand your budget, timescales and general requirements. Reduce your stress. We are your project manager!


Foley Allan collaborate with suppliers and tradesmen to create a schedule of works and cash flow forecasts. You will be involved at all stages to ensure quality and costs are controlled - you will receive original receipts - full disclosure, nothing hidden. Your project managed by us.


We buy a huge quantity of materials and we pass on the savings to you - at cost.


Labour is often the largest element of a construction project. Where possible, Foley Allan will use it's own independant but trusted tradesmen where costs can be controlled and labour VAT minimised.


Looking for a project manager in Bristol? Look no further than Foley Allan - reach out to us today...

Who are we?

Don Foley: A businessman for many years, Don sold his business and embarked on extending his Redland home. 12 months later, over budget and reeling from the experience Don partnered with Peter to start their own 'Boutique' project management team.

Peter Allan: Peter has spent his entire career in the construction industry. Qualifying in 1977 as a Chartered Quantity Surveyor, becoming a Partner at Brendon Penny and later a Director of a Residential Development Company. For 25 years, Peter has acted as Project/Construction Manager on various contracts, large industrial projects to smaller newbuild/refurbishment residential schemes.

How does it work? Do I really need a project manager in Bristol?

Don Foley explains how the current system is broken...

Don, how does the current system work?

Mr & Mrs S want building works undertaken, be it an extension, new house, whatever, employ an architect to design and often write a spec. Their architect is generally trusted to hire structural engineers and other professional all of whose fees are marked up.

Mr & Mrs S fire the spec off to several builders for quotes or tenders, needless to say often accepting the lowest quote.

The work, for better or worse is then undertaken and an invoice for works presented.

Lets' say the quoted price was £120k to keep the sums easy.

The VAT threshold is about 88k pa? So any builder worth his salt has to charge VAT

Lets' look then at the £120k bill.

The VAT element is £20k. The builders profit, contribution to overhead is a very reasonable 20% on top of the profit they markeup on materials and all labour.

Add this up and Mr & Mrs S have written a cheque for £120k for the works undertaken but actually in effect the work has only cost some £80k.

There are nuances to also consider. It beholds the builder to maximise his profit, thus if he can use sub standard materials, use very cheap labour, there must in some cases be a temptation to do so.

So, how is hiring a project manager in Bristol any different?

Our business model is so very different. Our clients only pay what things cost, and only pay VAT where it is legally due.

Isn't VAT due always?

No, not always. If we pay a labourer £80 a day, there is no VAT due. This adds up to a sizeable chunk by the end of a project.

How else can you save money by project managing?

We buy a huge amount of materials every week through our trusted suppliers, we get sizeable discounts due our volume. We do not mark up these costs. You pay what we pay.

How much deposit do you require for materials?

We don't generally. We tally up the project costs and send them over to you on a Friday.

How much do you charge to project manage a building project in Bristol?

All we charge is 15% of our clients eventual expenditure, thus saving some 20% or more in VAT and the builder’s profit on each job. And you get professional supervision and quality control.

So, would'nt you say this is all about managing quality and cost?

Everything we do is about quality. Our trusted & house trained tradesmen, many working with us for 20 years, understand that to survive in this business, it is allways about quality, quality, quality! Reducing costs is easy if you have quality in your supply chain like we do. It's called Project Management, it's that simple.

There we have it, if you have a sizeable building project and want to pay for the actual value you receive - call Foley Allan, experienced Project Managment in Bristol.

What do our clients think?

"Having worked with Don on smallish jobs over a number of years we decided to build a new house for our children. Peter and Don were the natural choice to implement the work to be done. Despite very difficult ground conditions and complications, the house is now finished and we all love it. It was finished some 8 weeks later than anticipated, but in fairness we asked Don to move his wonderful team to another of our projects mid build! We would have no hesitation in recommending them, and indeed have recently done so and they are now busy next door!" New Build, Cotham

"The top floor of our house in Westbury on Trym did not work for us: too many small rooms, bathrooms in the wrong place, no sound insulation, inadequate heating, the list goes on... We met with Don and Peter and they suggested "simply' removing the roof and entire top floor and starting again, to include building above a large single storey extension. This was radical re-modelling and naturally we had misgivings. However, as good as their word, Don and Peter costed the works. We price checked their target costs, and found them to be much less than other quotes. We moved into rented accommodation for the six months the said the work would take, and too our great surprise - having had other building works done previously (not managed by them) - we moved back into our new beautiful home bang on time, and Don and Peter even managed to make savings on the budget which was very welcome indeed." Extension & Renovation, Westbury-on-Trym

"I was so worried that the build would drag on and on, and was braced for *unexpected costs' that seem inevitable with all building projects, but Don was true to his word and even delivered the project under budget and weeks ahead of schedule." Extension, Stoke Bishop

"Our 3-storey 1960s house in Clifton did not
make good use of the space and was much in need of an update. We wanted to extend the rear and front of the house as much as possible. We got planning consent at the same time as our neighbours but had difficulty finding a good solution for the build. We were moving the rear wall out about 1.5 metres into our garden and the front wall about 1 metre forwards onto our forecourt, creating an extra room downstairs and outdoor balconies with modern glass balustrades front and rear. Don Foley and his associate, Peter Allan, stepped in and took us through all the difficult steps from Party Wall Agreement, through the build itself, to getting building approval at the end. They were efficient and endlessly patient as they organised and also helped us with design details. The contractors they engaged were competent and pleasant to work with and we are delighted with the quality of the end result. Don gave us a realistic budget and timescale at the start and he managed the
whole job within the budget and under the time despite our (minor) changes of scope." Extension, Clifton

"2 years ago we instructed Don And Peter to manage the building of our loft conversion in Redland. They recommended an architect, dealt with some rather tricky party wall issues and oversaw the project through to completion. We were so pleased with the way our project went that we re-instructed them this year to build an extension which is now finished and we are delighted with the result and the painless way that everything came together on time. Next year we are intending to convert our draughty garage into an office, naturally we shall be calling on their services again." Extension & Loft Conversion, Bristol

"Having Don to take care of the project gave us absolute peace of mind. He made the onsite day-to-day decisions for us, allowing us to get on with what we needed to be doing." Extension, Redland Park

"The tradesmen that Don hired were great fun and really obliging to us - having to work around us living at home whilst the work was going on. We really missed having them around
when they finished." Extension, Henleaze

"We approached Don Foley Project Management to oversee the total top-to-bottom refurbishment of our new home in Redland. When we bought the house it was divided into student bedsits. It is now a beautiful family home. Don and Peter's calm approach and help with the many decisions we had to make really took away much of the stress, and we moved into the house on time." Refurbishment, Redland

"We felt like we were getting great value for money by hiring Don. The savings we made more than covered his fee. He made sure that every penny we spent was necessary and every detail was finished beautifully." Refurbishment, Henleaze