chapter  Chapter Six
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Maintain and Evaluate

WithClaire Thirlwall

As the work on site is complete our involvement in the project may reduce. Few clients can predict with absolute certainty the budget they will have available to manage a site, and public-sector organisations are always vulnerable to budget cuts, but an allowance for maintenance should be part of the project budget. In the UK planning consent often requires that a site is maintained for at least 5 years and some funders such as the National Lottery Heritage Fund ask for financial resources to be provided for 10 years after completion, commitments that the client needs to accommodate. Evaluation of a project may reveal processes that could be improved, such as the use of technology to share documents, or practices that were successful such as site open days or stakeholder consultations. Project teams can develop a hierarchy that was never intended by the client, with some members gaining a disproportionate influence.