Funandgames plc, a large entertainments group, is in the process of establishing UNISPARK, a new sports and leisure centre in your home town at a total cost of £1000 million. UNISPARK will include a 50,000 seat all-purpose stadium, Olympic-standard swimming pool, large gymnasium and other recreational facilities and is expected to open three years after construction starts. All work in the construction programme is being managed by the main contractor, Bildrite Ltd, for a fixed price on a turnkey basis. Funandgames plc (the project owner) has contracted to pay Bildrite Ltd four equal instalments of £250 million as follows: Payment 1: £250 million on signing the contract (already done, at the beginning of January 2002) Payment 2: £250 million at the end of 2002 Payment 3: £250 million at the end of 2003 Payment 4: £250 million on completion (scheduled for the end of year 2004). Payments 2, 3 and 4 are linked to milestones in the construction plan and will be delayed if the relevant milestones are achieved late. You have just been engaged by Funandgames plc as their project manager (so that you are now the owner’s representative). At present you work only four hours each weekday for Funandgames while you complete your MBA but you have been promised by Funandgames that on completion of your course in June 2004 you will be appointed Director of UNISPARK Operations, with full and sole responsibility for setting up and running safely and profitably all the facilities on the UNISPARK site. This programme can be regarded as two projects.
Project 1 covers the three-year construction programme. This is already being managed by Mrs Jones for Bildrite Ltd. Although you will not be directly involved in planning and supervising construction activities you will have to keep in close touch with Mrs Jones to monitor Bildrite’s progress and to ensure that all communications between Funandgames and Bildrite are handled expeditiously. Project 2 covers your own tasks of preparing for the successful opening of UNISPARK, beginning on completion of your MBA, as soon as you are able to work full time and take up your appointment as Operations Director. Begin your paper by explaining any steps that you would take during Project 1 to safeguard your employer’s best business interests. Describe briefly and illustrate the kind of communications that should exist between you and Mrs Jones. Can you think of any special obligations that you and your employer might have in day-today dealings with Bildrite to ensure that the construction project progresses smoothly? Draw a simple outline organization chart showing the principal stakeholders for Project 1. You are required to prepare a new business plan for the programme in general and for Project 2 in particular. Funandgames need your opinion and have lost confidence in a previous plan prepared by your predecessor. Your plan should describe your proposed marketing, recruiting and other activities during the last six months of Project 1 and you will need to forecast the business performance for the first ten full years of UNISPARK operations. It is suggested that your business plan should include the following documents: · Work breakdown structure for all the Project 2 tasks. · A total cost estimate for Projects 1 and 2. · A summary milestone plan or Gantt chart covering Projects 1 and 2 and the first year of UNISPARK operations. · A more detailed network diagram for Project 2. · An organization chart showing the staff that you would expect to employ to support you for Project 2. This will be a gradually expanding organization, so you should draw your chart to show the organization that you would expect to be managing two weeks before UNISPARK is due to open for business. · A tabulated sales forecast for the first ten years of operations. This should be broken down into all sources of revenue that you expect UNISPSARK to generate. · A cash flow schedule for Funandgames plc covering the whole enterprise from signing the construction contract to the end of the first ten years’ operations. This should set all capital outflows and operating expenses against the revenues tabled in your market forecast. Calculate the net present value. You may ignore taxation and interest charges. Identify, classify and plan for any special risks that might affect the success of this venture at any stage during Projects 1 or 2. Summarize your business plan recommendations and data in a brief conclusion.
I rquire you to make only the following: 1. Find the activities of both projects, including times and costs. 2. Draw the critical path (Gantt chart) in Sure Trak 3.0. 3. Provide a cash flow schedule covering the whole enterprise from signing the constuction contract to the end of the first ten years of operations.
## Deadline information
Must be completed by 10 May 2002