Start up construction consultancy sees rapid growth despite recession thanks to Asta Powerproject

Construction project management consultancy invests in industry standard planning software tool and achieves impressive growth within first year.

Cooper James Consultancy Ltd., a construction project management consultancy, achieved remarkable growth in the first year of operation and attributes this success largely to its use of Asta Powerproject. The company decided to invest in Asta Powerproject, the UK’s leading professional project management software for construction, in order to produce clear and detailed project plans and to instil confidence in its clients.

Simon Head set up Cooper James Consultancy Ltd., which specialises in delivering high-profile, complex projects, in early 2009. It was a critical time for the construction industry and Simon had been made redundant from his previous company where he worked as a contracts manager. As a firm believer in the importance of project management and having used Asta Powerproject for many years within large construction companies, Simon immediately invested in the planning tool. He chose Asta Powerproject for a number of reasons: he had witnessed how implementation of the tool could positively transform a project and needed a system that would work well both on basic or extremely complex construction programmes. Simon also wanted to be seen to be using the industry leading project management tool, in order to be recognised as a credible and established player.

Asta Powerproject allows Simon and his team to write, plan and manage detailed construction programmes for his clients and also integrate and edit clients’ own construction programmes. One feature that the consultancy finds extremely useful is the Asta Project Viewer which allows its clients to view programmes without investing in the software.

In less than one year of operation, the company had to take on more staff to service a fast-expanding customer base. Simon Head attributes much of his company’s success to having invested in Asta Powerproject: “Any organisation in the construction business wishing to be seen as professional, well-established and trustworthy, needs the best-known, top-of-the-range software. Using Powerproject immediately raised our image as a serious industry player and the impact it has had on my business has been tremendous. I am amazed at how quickly it has taken off. Investment in Asta Powerproject was a significant cost at the time, but it has certainly paid off.”

Michael McCullen, Managing Director at Asta Development said: “Good project management and planning is essential to the success of companies and projects large and small. We are pleased to be providing a tool which allows both smaller firms and large construction companies to plan and carry out work as efficiently and professionally as possible. We are very pleased to have been involved in helping Cooper James Consultancy achieve success so quickly and wish the company continued growth and success.”

Current users of Asta Powerproject include Taylor Wimpey, Laing O’Rourke, Mace Group, Wates, Shepherd, BAM Construction, GB Building Solutions, Black and Veatch, Persimmon, Taylor Woodrow, John Sisk, Sir Robert McAlpine, Carillion.
“Using Powerproject immediately raised our image as a serious industry player and the impact it has had on my business has been tremendous. I am amazed at how quickly it has taken off. Investment in Asta Powerproject was a significant cost at the time, but it has certainly paid off.”