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Agenda Nov/Dec 16
News and views
05 Product manufacturers digital map
CPA report sets out how sector can
integrate digitally with
construction and design.
06 UKAS tasked with BIM scheme
Body asked to form new Level 2
certification programme.
09 CIOB launches new academy
Training establishment will deliver
practical training.
10 CIOB launches toolkit to tackle
modern slavery
Guide follows July report.
12 Feedback
Letters, comments and
readers views on the

US Presidential election.
14 Housing policy goes pragmatic
Shelagh Grant says we should
welcome more funding and new
housing initiatives.
Construction professional
Features 36 Think youre recruiting fairly?
18 A very modern makeover Unconscious bias still means
How a small-scale barn conversion men are recruited over women,
project in Cambridge has become says Paul Fox.
an exemplar for building using 37 BIM bytes
todays high-tech tools. The JCT Design & Build
26 Halting the quality decline contract and BIM.
Amid more attention-grabbing 38 Fighting it out on adjudication
issues, the quality of construction Two Acts of Parliament appear to
output has been overlooked offer contradictory positions on

and it needs addressing. who pays an adjudicators costs.
30 Technical talking 40 Need to know: Apprenticeship Levy
Six months after the government How does the governments new
BIM mandate was introduced CM Apprenticeship Levy fit into the
gathered industry experts and industry training puzzle?

stakeholders to discuss its impact.
42 Outstanding natural beauty + Contact
High level skills and modern
All the latest news
construction techniques will deliver
and reports from CIOB
a stunning building in Oxford. members and branches
48 CPD: Quality management
How quality management can help
deliver projects on time, budget
and with exemplary safety records.
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Dome improvement
Specialist construction workers from
building firm Robertson Construction have
completed the first major stage in the
restoration of the Grade II-listed Spanish
City Dome at Whitley Bay, Northumberland.
The 10m project is part of North
Tyneside Councils 36m Seafront Master
Plan to reinvigorate the coastline between
Cullercoats Bay and St Marys Island.
The first floor ceiling, which was
installed shortly after the dome was built
in 1910, has now been removed, opening
up double-height space from the bottom
to the top of the building and returning the
rotunda area to its original splendour.
The operation involved erecting
scaffolding inside on the ground floor
before experts removed sections of the
wooden flooring above piece by piece to
open the entire space.
Enabling works are also underway, which
will involve demolishing parts of the domes
west wing. Some sections of the walls will
remain to preserve as many original
features as possible. Two extensions will
also be demolished as part of this first
phase of works taking the facade back
to how it looked around the 1920s.

CPA report sets out digital roadmap for

construction product manufacturers
New digital template for products will also make BIM easier.
A blueprint for the future of the The report illustrates how the vision supporting employment growth in the
construction product manufacturing can be delivered by linking BIM, Industry sector and wider economy.
sector spells out how it must integrate 4.0 (smart factories) and intelligent assets A by-product, says the report, will be
digitally with the design and construction through optimised supply chains and a better building performance, eliminating
process if it is to achieve growth of 30bn circular UK construction economy and help the gap between as-designed and as-built
a year and halve the trade gap by 2025. the government tackle the trade gap. performance of buildings and providing
Commissioned and published by the With current forecast growth in UK more energy-efficient assets.
Construction Products Association, construction output, the construction The CPA represents 87% of the UKs
The Future of Construction Product product sector is likely to reach a capacity construction products manufacturers, a
Manufacturing report is being seen as pinch-point as soon as 2019. At the same 50bn per annum sector in its own right.
one of the final pieces in the jigsaw for time, the trade gap for products and The CPAs LEXiCON is a world first,
creating a Digital Built Britain. materials is increasing, with 7.9 billion and enables manufacturers and other
As part of the drive to integrate more imports than exports in 2015, users to define information requirements
are the DNA of
manufacturing digitally with construction says the report. easily, for free.
and design the CPA is drawing up a new Through a combination of The governments BIM Level 2
digital template, called LEXiCON, which
and it makes digitalisation, automation and optimised programme has enabled manufacturers
allows all products to represented digitally
sense for them manufacturing-led supply chains, the to share product information in more
in a consistent way through the BIM
to have a clear sector can grow by over 30bn by 2025, accessible forms than has previously
(Building Information Modelling) process.
strategy. assets can be delivered over 30% cheaper been achievable, says the report. The
The inoperability of product information is
Peter Caplehorn, and 40% quicker, and the trade gap awareness of data and the possibilities
currently a major industry frustration.
CPA can be reduced to 50% by 2025 whilst that effective use can bring have been >

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UKAS tasked with new BIM certification scheme

Body asked by Department for Business to establish common way of achieving Level 2 accreditation.
available in the market, such as one Britain at a conference in London in October.
drawn up by the BRE. Digital Built Britain is the latest stage Anything new
UKAS says it has been asked by BEIS and of the UKs BIM Task Group programme in helping
the Centre for the Protection of National and brings together a number of digital people get BIM
Infrastructure (CPNI) to investigate a way and innovation programmes under one certified is
to form a common, as yet undecided way funding umbrella. Originally announced good. What
of achieving BIM certification which will in the 2016 Budget, Digital Built Britain we need is
hopefully help deliver the Construction aims to deliver reductions in whole- some overall
Strategy and avoid confusion for those life costs and carbon emissions, while direction and
seeking accredited certification for their improving productivity and capacity by structure.
BIM Level 2 activities. using intelligent building information
John Adams,
Once a common approach has been models, sensing technology and secure
BIM Strategy
agreed by BEIS and CPNI, it is anticipated data and information infrastructure.
that a pilot assessment programme will Digital Built Britain will also continue
be undertaken to develop the necessary the work of the BIM Task Group
The Department for Business, Energy assessment and accreditation capability programme, set up in 2011 to deliver up
and Industrial Strategy has tasked the for this activity in accordance with to 20% savings on costs of major projects.
UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) with international conformity assessment John Adams, head of BIM services at
establishing a new certification scheme standards. BIM Strategy said he thought a new
to show that companies comply with Mark Bew (pictured left), chairman of scheme could be good: Anything new in
Level 2 BIM. the governments BIM Task Group, helping people get BIM certified is good.
Currently there are a number of announced the plan for new certification What we need is some overall direction
certification schemes for BIM Level 2 as he officially launched Digital Built and structure.

CPA continued >

widespread. As a result many manufacturers a lot from consultants and designers and And once something has been built we
are using data and information modelling to Tier 1s. But product manufacturers are will be able to track where products are and
change the way they operate internally, as the DNA of construction and it makes what they do to deliver smarter assets and
well as sharing information with others in sense for them to have a clear strategy promote the circular economy, he said.
the construction supply chain. and direction.
However, there are a number of formats Talking of the new LEXiCON template
in which product information can be he added: Were providing a new fabric
provided, in many different templates, which of doing things all products represented
can cause confusion for all concerned. with common data and a common way
LEXiCON has been developed by the of expressing their performance. It
construction product sector with the makes collaboration across industry
governments BIM Task Group. more straightforward. Designers will
The tool will be freely available through be able to take products in and out of
the Construction Products Associations the BIM model and be able to compare
website and is governed by recognised costs and performance. Join this up with
industry bodies known as Relevant the manufacturers own manufacturing Weinerberger shows the way
Authorities, to ensure the language being process and construction teams will Weinerberger, a manufacturer of
bricks, blocks and roof tiles,
used is correct and consistent. be able to be more efficient and more
among other products, has
Whilst data dictionaries and product productive and genuinely operate with
developed a housing concept
templates exist elsewhere, never before just-in-time delivery. called the e4 house. Weinerberger
has there been such broad industry The reports author, Steve Thompson, has set up a consortium to provide
engagement and governance, with chair of BIM4M2 (BIM for Manufacturers products and systems that it does
over 70% of UK trade associations and Manufacturing), says the report not produce to deliver a whole
signing up to become Relevant provides an analysis of how product house solution, and has
Authorities and managing how their manufacturers have changed in the past supported this with digital capability to support delivery and
operation of the home. Occupants are provided with a digital
products are defined, says the report. five years and shows how more automated
model of their home and apps that enable them to track building
Peter Caplehorn, deputy chief executive supply chains can provide greater performance and organise predictive maintenance.
of the CPA, said of the report: Weve heard efficiency in delivery of assets.

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New Academy delivers practical courses

The CIOB is set to significantly ramp up The Academy will be based at the and we hope will actually meet the
its training provision with the launch of a CIOBs London headquarters in Holborn, needs of the industry, said Walton.
new Academy on 1 November. but there will also be partner training She added: Were hoping to reach
The new Academy will deliver real providers based throughout the UK. everyone, whether youre new to the
world practical courses for the industry, It is being headed up by Holly Walton, industry or already management and
developed to a high standard as befits an engineer by background and who looking to upskill. We hope it will also
the CIOB brand. helped in the startup of BRE Academy. address the gap in the middle ie
The courses will mainly be aimed at She says the new CIOB Academy professionals moving from middle
getting people chartered, but will also be will differ from other similar management to higher level.
offered to improve overall skills and help organisations in that it is very much The first courses to be offered in
people move up through the industry in line with the charitable principles November will be a construction conversion
irrespective of their current role. of the CIOB and will address areas after course for those from other industries
Courses and expertise being offered The Academy will be the courses are finished such as interested in entering the construction
launched at the Gerkin
cover a wide range to suit different securing employment. world, there will also be a course offered
in London
roles and levels from a certified specialist There will be mentoring, mock on conservation and heritage.
in low-carbon and green construction, BIM interviews and support throughout. The official launch of the Academy
and big data, to those for a future leader in The Academy is something members will take place at a reception at the
management and business strategy. have asked for over a number of years Gherkin in London on 13 December.

CIOB and ITN to produce second show

construction organisations. It will aim to
show how transformative and demanding Entries sought for Global
construction management is, and how Student Challenge 2017
unforeseen events that have brought risk
to projects have been overcome. Registrations are now open for the
CIOB Global Student Challenge 2017.
It will also look at the importance of
The competition is an online
professionalism and why ethics is integral
interactive game, in which each team
to successful working practices. of four students runs a virtual
Bridget Bartlett, CIOB deputy construction company in a simulated
chief executive, said: Our continued environment using MERIT software,
partnership with ITN Productions is which stands for Management
all about telling the story of this great Enterprise Risk Innovation and
industry, the careers that can be had Teamwork.
Each team is required to make
For a second year running, the CIOB is within it, and its importance to our
strategic and operational decisions
teaming up with ITN Productions to Were excited everyday lives. about marketing, estimating,
produce a news and current affairs-style to embark on ITN Productions UK director of tendering, finance and personnel
programme to showcase construction a programme programming, Simon Shelley, said: Were management. Universities can submit
management. that explores excited to embark on a programme that up to five teams.
Anchored by Natasha Kaplinsky, the enthralling explores the enthralling and demanding There are six weekly rounds as part
the programme, titled Masterminds of role of role of construction managers and engage of the main game, and eight further
construction rounds will be played at the finals. Each
Construction, will look at the diverse roles of with professionals throughout the sector
round represents a trading quarter,
construction managers and the work they managers. to tell that story.
and each companys performance is
do. It will also explore the many different Simon Shelley, rated against KPIs and compared with
pathways to working in the industry. ITN Productions Masterminds of Construction will the other teams.
The programme follows last years premiere at the launch of the new CIOB Regional finalists are taken to Hong
Building Tomorrow programme which Academy on 13 December 2016, at 30 Kong to participate in the finals
championed construction managers, St Mary Axe in central London. head-to-head with five other teams
celebrated innovation and encouraged For more information, or to participate from across the world.
The winners will receive 2,000 and
the exchange of ideas. in the programme, contact Jonathan
mentoring from industry leaders.
The new programme will combine Baer, programming director at ITN Register for a free trial at
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Chris Blythe
We need a dynamic
industry, not
another report

It was Warren Buffett who said in a

chronically leaking boat, energy

CIOB to launch toolkit to tackle slavery devoted to changing vessels is likely

to be more productive than energy
devoted to patching leaks.
Toolkit provides framework to ensure firms have robust governance in That is where I disagree with the
place to deal with modern slavery and builds on report published in July. Farmer report and its conclusions
regarding the Construction Industry
Training Board (CITB).
It recommends that the CITB should
be comprehensively reviewed and a
reform programme instituted. If ever
there was a leaking boat its the CITB.
Rather than waste time trying to reform
what has proved unreformable in the
past, its better to start again from fresh.
Overall though, there is not a lot in
the Farmer report which comes as news
to readers of CM. It concludes that the
industry suffers from poor productivity,
an ageing workforce, a dependence on
migrant labour and a lack of genuine
collaboration. This has been caused by a
lack of investment in training and
research and development.
With the decision about a third runway
for London imminent, the hot money is
on Heathrow. Whatever the decision it
could be a year before Parliament votes
A comprehensive and practical toolkit to solutions, but it is certainly part of the on it, six years before work would get
help consultants, contractors and supply solution, said Tuttle. We hope underway and another six before the
chains deal with issues around modern The toolkit will be available in both the toolkit first aircraft takes off. I can imagine the
slavery is being launched by the CIOB at print and online. It has received the will bring courts being filled with litigants claiming
the end of November. backing and support of Kevin Hyland, the together Tier the scheme will be falling foul of various
EU laws. Its a barmy way to develop vital
The Modern Slavery Toolkit provides UK anti-slavery commissioner. 1 contractors
a framework to ensure construction In the summer, prime minister Theresa who will sign What infrastructure we do though
firms have good governance in place to May vowed to make it her mission to help up to its seems quite dull and hard work. A
tackle issues raised around the slavery rid the world of what she referred to as principles. recent trip to southern Spain had me
debate. The project has been driven by the barbaric evil and the great human Eddie Tuttle, travelling over many kilometres of
Eddie Tuttle, principal public affairs and rights issue of our time and announced a CIOB viaducts and many more though
policy manager at the CIOB. It follows new Cabinet taskforce to tackle the issue tunnels. The landscape was
the publication of its report Building a Home Office estimates suggest there spectacular and the civil engineering
Fairer System: Tackling Modern Slavery in are between 10,000 and 13,000 victims complemented it.
Compare that with the Hindhead
Construction Supply Chains in July. of modern slavery in the UK, with 45
Tunnel. At 1,830m, it is the longest
Building on this work the new toolkit million estimated victims worldwide. non-estuarial road tunnel in the UK,
will provide training and support for those Construction is seen to be particularly but its dull and has no mystery about
at the coalface of the industry, said Tuttle. susceptible to cases of forced labour as it. Not when you compare it to Spain
Guidance contained within the toolkit the use of migrant workers has become where the approach to a 2,000m-long
includes what to do if you spot early signs a key element for many companies, tunnel is a 500m viaduct with a similar
of illegal working and an explanation of particularly when bidding to work on viaduct on exit. It just begs the
question how did they do that? not
the legislative framework. large infrastructure projects abroad.
once or twice but five or six times.
The toolkit is a joint publication by the Since its introduction in March 2015, the Somehow or other we need to bring
CIOB and Stronger Together a business- Modern Slavery Act has been galvanising back into our industry some spectacle
led, multi-stakeholder collaborative the industry and making companies more in the buildings or the civil engineering
initiative whose purpose is to support aware of the need for better practice and that we create. Having creations that
organisations to tackle modern slavery monitoring of their supply chain. take the breath away and stimulate the
within their businesses and supply chains. A recent survey by the Supply Chain curiosity is what will help bring bright
people into the industry, not just
Stronger Together has worked with the Management School revealed that 75%
putting down more asphalt or adding
retail industry amongst others to help of respondents said that they knew what
a few quirky buildings.
tackle modern slavery. the Act covered, but more than half said Worthy words in another report
We hope the toolkit will bring together they did not know what steps to take are no substitute for an industry that
Tier 1 contractors who will sign up to if they found modern slavery in their looks dynamic, innovative and is
its principles. It doesnt provide all the business or supply chain. creating wonder.


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change the industry
AS ITS TITLE WOULD suggest, Mark Farmers a wider adoption of quality systems in the Garden Bridge is a waste of cash
report, Modernise or die, makes for grim ISO 9000 standards, but given the Raymond Sheller, via website
reading. His government-commissioned growing evidence of workmanship and Why does London get away with wasting
analysis of the industry is that long-term quality issues one has to wonder if this is so much money when viable schemes in
demographic changes mean the problems a little more than a box-ticking exercise. the north are abandoned because they
of low productivity, low investment and The industry would argue that the (the government) say they cost too much
adversarial relationships that have boom and bust nature of the sector has (Garden Bridge to cost taxpayers 50m,
dogged construction for decades pose a sown the seeds of its decline. Although letter reveals, online).
truly existential threat. there is some truth in that, there has been This is outrageous and someone needs
Whats more, says the report, the for far too long the notion that training is to be held accountable. What we don't
industry is fragmented, with low margins, someone elses problem. need is more money being spent on a
financial fragility, poor investment in But there are glimmers of hope, a few public enquiry because no one trusts the
innovation, poor predictability for clients of them in this issue. Look, for example, at government to tell the true story on the
and no coherent leadership. our report on a house builders pioneering whole saga.
Theyre criticisms were painfully use of digital construction at a barn
familiar with. Whats different this time conversion in Cambridgeshire (p18). Industry review long overdue
around is that the industry is facing an Thousands of pounds have been saved by Jonathan O'Callaghan, via website
unprecedented skills crisis and could see a clash detection and automatic deduction In Ireland we are facing a similar future. As
20-25% decline in the available labour of bills of quantities. New technology has a former carpenter who left the profession
force within a decade. This is chiefly due even meant there has been no need for a and entered into higher education, I can
to retiring older workers leaving a skills setting out engineer. see that without providing a future for
gap that, thanks to Brexit, may no longer But can this beacon of innovation be people in the construction sector it is
be plugged by Eastern European labourers replicated in the way the Farmer report so impossible to create a sustainable
and skilled tradespeople. urgently advocates? Will the industry, as workforce (Farmer review: An honest
Small wonder that the report describes Construction Leadership Council chair appraisal of industry's problems, online).
the need to find a home-grown solution as Andrew Wolstenholme demands, make Nobody wants to work in an industry
crucial. Part of the solution is greater use this the moment when the recognition that can't provide certainty into the future.
of modern methods of construction and a that we cannot go on as we are has And as said previously, it is a hard place to
radical reform of the CITB. If there isnt reached its tipping point? work,with little or no thanks at the end.
change Farmer is convinced we wont be The pace of change might not be as fast
able to deliver critical social and physical or as widespread as it needs to be. Yes, Denis Lawler, via website
infrastructure. If we do not address in government intervention to encourage Good, not before time the CITB was looked
short order how the construction industry more modern methods would help. And in to in some depth. Well done.
operates and delivers, we will see a long- yes, lets take a long hard look at whether
term and inexorable decline in its the CITB needs more reform. But if a house Andy Chambers, via website
fortunes, he warns. builder converting barns can revolutionise I have been involved in the construction
As we report on page 26, even if we are the process and set a benchmark for industry for 34 years this year, and we
still managing to get by in terms of quality, whats stopping everyone else? have seen a very sudden decline in
workload, the lack of skills is increasingly apprentices, which in my opinion is down to
hitting quality levels. As an aside, there is Denise Chevin, editor two things: overzealous safety compliance
with CSCS cards and H&S tests; and NVQ
qualifications are completely valueless,
More Construction Manager they are at best poor, and so easily gained
online and on Twitter they have no value whatsoever.
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Vox pop
With the upcoming US Presidential election,
what are your main concerns?

Anthony Brown slogans, without recourse to more

Director of sales and complex arguments. That's scary. The
marketing at BW: potential implication and ramifications for
Workplace Experts the whole planet are utterly horrifying.
This October 2016 marks Do we see similar trends, at a more
three decades since the Big Bang, the regional scale, in our own construction
dramatic deregulation of financial industry in the UK? Some might suggest
markets in 1986 which prompted the that, until recently at least, the swift and
sudden arrival in the City of London of US sweeping success of London's Garden
banks. This event also heralded the birth Bridge proposal (a convincing photogenic investment. A general strategy of risk
of the British office fit-out market, so one-liner) over the turgid progress of "What is reduction will be undertaken by most.
there has always been a direct link. infrastructural and housing reform (really far more I suspect commercial property activity
Today, approximately 30% of the fit-out boring but very earnest and extremely interesting is will slow down even further in terms of
turnover is from US clients. My view is that important to us all) tells a similar story. the potential building, buying and selling. People are
if Clinton wins it's "business as usual", in And then there's Brexit... for a Clinton/ already putting some high-end projects in
the highly unlikely event that Trump gets May dynamic, London on hold and only average priced
the gig, then everything changes. He is Monika Slowikowska two hawkish property will continue to be built.
incredibly pro-business and the predicted Founder, Golden Houses women in
cuts in corporate tax, for example, could Developments charge of the Sarah Fox
create a mini short-term boom. My first thought is that world's leading Author of How to Write
What is far more interesting, however, is neither candidate will economies." Simple and Effective Letters
the potential for a Clinton/May dynamic, satisfy the US public. Anthony Brown, of Intent in Just 500 Words.
two hawkish women in charge of the The UK construction industry will be BW: Workplace It's been an interesting
world's leading economies. Dont think for watching the election closely. I believe Experts process following the US election. From my
one moment that these women represent the US could turn very ugly very quickly. view neither of the candidates are seen as
a soft option! I dont believe anyone is expecting good trustworthy and that's a huge issue.
news following the result of this election. If we don't trust them, how can we trust
Alex MacLaren Investors expect things in the US to be their leadership, direction, agenda and
Architect at Wyatt MacLaren bad or, at best, theyll be able to just choices? Trust has to be at the core of
and member of the BIM scrape by. The UK has strong business politics, as their actions will impact
2050 Group links with the US and the election will everyone from the lowest person right up
The US election highlights have a huge impact on investors to the most wealthy and big businesses.
the enormous power of social media. Vast confidence: how they think, the risks This lack of trust will not sit well with
swathes of voters are being won over on they are willing to take, whether they the public and could be an issue in the
spun images attached to 140-character look at short-term gains or long-term future of whoever wins.

30-day payments what's new? demonstrably verify every detail. Apart Royal Engineers back as builders
Alex Croll, via website from the time cost and misdirection of Bob Brooker, via website
While the days of the local authority- effort, the monetary cost of this detailed Great news that the Sappers can run
specific JCT form of contract are long gone, administrative effort outweighs the value their own show "again" after so long,
both JCT and NEC publish public sector of a minor change. now all that is needed is for the powers
amendments which implement 30-day that be to reinstate the legendary
payment limits, freedom of information, Mike Smith, via website Apprentice Schools those institutions
transparency etc (Government clarifies I note that this is "Statutory Guidance" and produced far more competent tradesmen
30-day payment rules, online). nothing else. We have experience of the than any civilian organisation (Royal
The real issue is not the contract terms, NHS taking eight months to pay us on a Engineers become D&B contractor for MoD,
but the fact that surveyors and project JCTMW contract and other local authorities CM October).
managers within client organisations (1) changing contract terms to monthly. So the
often lack sufficient delegated authorities, question is why introduce "guidance" when Contact us Mark Lindahl, via website
and (2) cannot exercise professional the Construction Act doesn't work and JCT Do you have an Well done the Corps, good to see this
commercial judgement for matters within contracts have never been rewritten to opinion on any happening again outside of Afghanistan.
their delegated limits. reflect changes since 1963. The clause of this months
Where costs fall within their limits, numbers change but the practices go on. articles? Email: Dennis Carter, via website
professionals should be able to exercise Until there is a unity on revision of contracts construction- As an ex RE this is about time. We tried
judgement, requiring a degree of evidence with a lead by subs and MCs rather than manager@atom explaining this approach to people when
suited to the value of the change. Instead, the RICS which dominates JCT we'll still be the PSA was formed, but it fell on deaf
fearing audit, they feel they must seeing this for years to come. ears. Ubique.

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Comment Shelagh Grant

Housing policy takes a pragmatic turn

With new initiatives and a big financial commitment the
government has set a clear agenda on housing. The Housing
Forums Shelagh Grant unpicks the key proposals.

AT THE END OF THE POLITICAL conference governments Direct Commissioning Devolution appears to remain a priority
season we now know where the parties initiative, it is intending to use land for the government so that combined
stand on housing. Labour has firmly differently, such as derisking sites by authorities and new mayors take full
nailed its colours to the mast of public early investment in infrastructure and control of local housing supply and
sector intervention with a proposal for receiving equity from developers after infrastructure investment, enabling cities
a massive increase in council house the sale of homes instead of an upfront like London, Birmingham and Manchester
building, which echoes of the glory days payment. The fund will be specifically to decide their priorities rather than have
of the post-war house building era. aimed at smaller builders, custom builders them dictated by inflexible national
Many will agree that local authorities and offsite manufacturers to stimulate requirements.
should be given the resources they the much-needed diversity of supply in One of the most reassuring statements
need to deliver more homes appropriate the market. from the housing minister is the
for their areas. The proposal is to deliver up to 15,000 recognition that each area has a different
Meanwhile, at its conference in homes on surplus public sector land by housing needs, whether an increase in
Birmingham the Conservative Party 2020. To deliver on this, a concerted cross sub-market and intermediate rent or an
confirmed its commitment to keep departmental effort will be required to increase in home ownership. This is
housing centre stage with deliver sufficient consented land to the particularly the case in many forgotten
announcements that suggest a markedly market in the timescale. areas of the country which have fared
different approach from the previous A new White Paper that cements the badly and are yet to recover. In those
government and new funds to support it. governments commitment to increase cases an industrial strategy to generate
The Home Building Fund has been and speed up housing supply is expected employment and opportunity is needed to
announced after months of trailing the later this year. The detail is scant, but sit alongside a tailored approach to
idea of a single funding pot. It is an expect to see more emphasis on small addressing affordable housing needs.
amalgamation of funds totalling 3bn, sites, more efficient use of land and
comprising 1.15bn of new long- and increases in density. Return to pragmatism
short-term loans, 525m Builders Finance There is likely to be further steamlining So we should be pleased that increasing
Fund, the 1bn Large Sites Infrastructure of the planning system, claimed by some housing supply remains at the centre of
Programme and Build to Rent. 1bn of the commentators as the cause of constrained national policy for both political parties
fund has been earmarked for small and supply (the reality is that planning and that we are seeing a return to
custom builders to generate 25,500 new approvals have sped up and a better way pragmatism rather than ideology from the
homes and the balance will provide long- of resolving sticky planning processes is current government. There is undoubtedly
term funding for infrastructure. to better resource planning departments). a need to increase home ownership, yet it
The housing minister has made some is imperative that we address the needs
Increased funding encouraging announcements about of a wide group of society through a
The good news is an increase in quantum improving quality as well to sustain mixed-tenure solution.
of funding and the inherent simplicity for community support for new homes. The private rented sector must be
the Homes and Communities Agency to improved and regulated, a wide band of
administer it. Were keen to hear further housing types and tenures is required in
details of what will be delivered in terms different areas, and young and old must
of housing tenures, particularly sub- We should be pleased that increasing be better provided for in the context of
market rent or intermediate products and significant demographic change.
how the Starter Homes policy will feature
housing supply remains at the centre of We hope the government is not only
in the new programme. national policy and that we are seeing listening but will provide further detail of
The 2bn Accelerated Construction a return to pragmatism rather than recent announcements in the Autumn
Fund, an ambitious programme to build on Statement.
public sector brownfield land, was also
ideology from the current government. Shelagh Grant is chief executive of
launched. A rebrand of the previous The Housing Forum

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Feature Digital construction


Point cloud scans, BIM, iPads, digital setting out... this is
the story of how an unlikely small-scale project in Cambridge
Above: Onsite staff were equipped became an exemplar for building using todays high-tech tools.
with iPads so they could refer to the
3D model on site Denise Chevin reports.


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Feature Digital construction

We wanted to demonstrate that

complex technology can apply to
pretty much any project.
David Miller, DMA

beneficial to reduce waste and cut costs,

even on small conservation projects, says
David Miller of David Miller Architects
(DMA). The clients approach has been to
look at digital technology to unlock the
viability of the site, he says.
The digital approach potentially saved
tens of thousands of pounds by allowing
the team to get things right and reduce
the risks that often dog complicated
historic conversions.
DMA has worked on a number of
collaborative BIM projects, which was one
of the reasons the practice was selected.
We wanted to demonstrate that
complex technology can apply to pretty
much any project, says Miller. This was
very much the ambition of the client too.
The driving force behind harnessing
the new technology was Mike Beckett
MCIOB, managing director of Hill Bespoke,
a subsidiary of Hill Group, the ultimate
client for the 7.6m project.
The project comprises the conservation
and refurbishment of a group of historic
barns and other agricultural buildings
dating to the 18th century. When its
complete in March 2017, Hill will have
converted seven barns into eight homes
and built another four houses in two Left: The historic barns
blocks from scratch. The development is were of a rare type in
in the grounds of a former stately home, Cambridge and were
monitored closely by
now a hotel, and is aimed at the high-end conservation officers
market with prices starting at 1.25m. Below: When complete
Some of the barns have complex the project will deliver
12 homes from seven
timber structures and are Grade II listed, converted barns and
while the remainder have single- > four new builds

A RURAL HOUSING development on the remarkable is that it is a relatively

outskirts of Cambridge is the unlikely small project and involves the restoration
setting for an exemplar in digital of complex and dilapidated Grade II-
construction. But the Hill project in listed barns.
Trumpington, Cambridge, really does have Add in the use of cross-laminated
it all. Point cloud laser technology is used timber panels manufactured in factories
to create a scan of existing buildings on and craned into place on site and what
the site and the BIM model produced from you have is a microcosm of cutting-edge
it is used to take off bills of quantities construction within the confines of a
without the need for an external quantity 12-home development.
surveyor. Setting out is also done digitally, This is not so much a trailblazer for
so reducing the cost of site engineers. BIM as an example of how a fully digitised
What makes this scheme even more approach is viable, achievable and

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Feature Digital construction

Offsite CLT improves buildability

Another innovative aspect of the project was the use of
offsite-manufactured cross-laminated timber panels.
The main reasons for using the CLT panels were to improve
buildability as the internal walls reach up to 9m high in
some locations and provide a more open-plan layout.
The steel frame that was initially proposed was deemed to
add too many constraints to the design.
The structural support for the walls and roof was formed
by a new steel table, which sits on the ground floor. The
panels were manufactured in Austria and delivered to site
and craned into place. This meant no temporary works were
required and the job was completed in 10 days.
Using the information from point cloud laser scans, the
architects were able to provide the CLT manufacturer with
details of the precise heights and outline of the gable end
walls, allowing the panels to be cut to precise dimensions.

Our vision is
to be the
leading, most
provider of
quality homes
and the BIM
strategy is line
with that
Mike Beckett
Hill Bespoke

Client Hill Group

David Miller Architects
Hill Bespoke
Structural engineer
Gemma Design
M&E engineer
Phillips Page Associates
CLT subcontractor


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Feature Digital construction

The technological approach helped make

the project viable. Beckett has written a
BIM strategy for the entire group, but its
the first time they have taken the digital
approach for a conservation project.
Its a challenging project and we decided
just to grab hold of it. If we can engage
with BIM technology for historic fabrics we
can it do for anything, he says. Our vision
is to be the leading, most trusted provider
of distinctive, quality homes and the BIM
strategy is line with that vision.
Beckett says that one of the key drivers
for harnessing BIM across the group is
that Hill does a great deal of work with
registered social landlords and wanted to
ensure that in future partners would not
miss out on funding because they were
working in a joint venture where they were
not meeting any mandate requiring Level
2 BIM. Unlike other government agencies
the HCA does not yet stipulate this, but
Beckett is convinced it wont be long in
coming. People who want to stick with
spades, picks and shovels will no longer be
in business, he says.
For this scheme Beckett says one of the
main goals was to capture the condition
skin masonry walls. To turn them The scheme is an local vernacular. Throughout the process of the existing buildings accurately, so
into modern homes the team reached example of how a fully a great deal of masonry was recycled from the team could marry up this information
digitised approach is
for different construction techniques, viable, achievable and the existing buildings and redeployed. with the new design, prevent clashes
including slotting steel frames into the beneficial on a small Miller says of the barns: They are and increase productivity. An estimated
carcass of the timber barns to support the conservation project irregular and dilapidated and fairly rare 25,000 was saved due to the prevention
new upper floors and the roof. They were in Cambridge and therefore of particular of steel clashes.
also enlarged with glass, or extended with interest to the conservation officer and In terms of lessons learned, Beckett
masonry construction with timber cladding English Heritage. We had to develop says that next time they would spend
and zinc roofs (like the new-build units). robust techniques so conservation more time on clash detection and review
The semi-detached new-build houses officers were happy with what we were in a more formal way. And also lower their
have masonry construction with structural doing. This included kitting out specialist expectations a little: Just because you
insulated panels on the roofs, which conservation carpenters with iPads so can model it, doesnt mean its right.
are then clad in zinc. Their facade is they could work to the 3D model and The 3D model needs to be rigorously
stack-bonded brickwork and green oak make a photographic record of the work reviewed and the time needed to do that
rainscreen cladding, which draws on the that has been carried out. should be understood. CM

What technology was employed for the project?

Even before the architect was brought in device has measured. The technology is
in August 2015, Hills Mike Beckett had becoming more commonplace and costs
decided that it would be a digital project have fallen. Beckett says that some of
and rather than surveying the barns in the the technology suppliers were keen to be
traditional way he employed point cloud involved on more of trial basis with the
laser scanning to capture an accurate hope of getting more work in the future,
picture of the existing barn structures. which also brought the costs down.
With this technology 3D scanners Architect David Miller Architects
measure a large number of points on then used Autodesk Revit to create a
an object's surface, and often output section through the point cloud and
a point cloud as a data file. The point build a 3D model, which the new designs
cloud represents the set of points the were layered on to. We worked closely >

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Feature Digital construction

Left: Point cloud scans garnered more tenders, which were

were carried out and
DMA used Autodesk
returned more quickly.
Revit to build a 3D A final plank of the digital strategy on
model from them. the project was using (Autodesk) Point
Below right: BIM 360
Field was used to
Layout to set out the position of the
document and verify new buildings, roads, drainage and new
works and saved elements within the existing buildings.
around 20,000 in
specialist reporting.
This process has speeded up the project
and improved accuracy. Furthermore,
the technology also supported the
verification of existing construction
after partial demolition so that the CLT
structure fitted within the confines of
historical masonry, says Beckett.
He adds: To ensure the models were
an accurate representation of the existing
condition (and due to discrepancies we
discovered between the topographical
survey and point cloud scan) we also
used it to validate the size and location of
the existing barns. This was key for the
digital QTO process. The design team have
since been able to provide setting out
information to the site team based on live,
federated models.
Using this model-based setting out
has saved time for both design and site
> with structural and M&E engineers taken off directly, eliminating the double teams. Our structural engineer, Gemma
in common data formats to share the handling of information, saving 25,000 Its a Design, has estimated a 75% time saving
model, says Beckett. Software packages in fees and halving procurement time. refreshing through not having to produce setting out
included (Autodesk) BIM 360 Field, Normally a project like this involves approach by a drawings, says Beckett. The site team
Glue and Docs to share information for a huge amount of risk and contingency, client keen to have found that its saves on downtime
both design and construction. Glue, for with historic building youre discovering try out new as trades are not waiting for a setting out
example, allows the client to view in 3D, new things all the time, says van der ideas. It forced engineer. Overall it is also more accurate
mark in comments and send back, rather Schaar-Wood. Its a refreshing approach everyone to be as we are using a federated model to set
than sending Requests for Information. by a client keen to try out new ideas. And collaborative in out using a shared coordinate system.
The client was much more willing to forced everyone to be really collaborative a no blame So much so that on future projects Hill
take the common data environment in a no blame environment. environment. will lessen their allowances for risk and
further than most, says project architect The biggest challenge? Quantity take- contingency. CM
Katie van der
Katie van der Schaar-Wood from David off. Before we started the project we had
Miller Architects. For example, the a more theoretical view of quantity take-
carpenters had iPads and had access to off (QTO), says David Miller. As a team
the 3D model. They used them to verify we have developed a detailed knowledge
the works to the existing listed structure of the process, which has involved
of Barn 1 by photographing the condition adapting our modelling techniques and
before, during and after the work directly how to organise and present information.
into the model. This technique is being We have also enhanced our internal
developed for snagging, but used here in procedures for reviewing information in
an unusual way. 3D. These are being rolled out to benefit
It provides a clear audit trail for the all our projects, particularly the new ones
client and also satisfied the planners. The where we are working with Hill Bespoke.
team has estimated that it could have For Hills Beckett, being able to
saved as much as 20,000 by shaving generate quantities from the model
off three weeks of time that it would was a huge advantage because it shaved
have taken to write up the report in the three months off the procurement
traditional way, she adds. process. He says that providing
The BIM model was created in a way subcontractors with more information
that meant bills of quantities could be rather than the usual taking off drawings

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Feature Quality

is quality
Has quality control fallen off constructions radar? And as the
skills crisis worsens and with EU labour restrictions on the
horizon, what is to be done about it? James Kenny reports.
WHILE IMAGE, productivity and skills are Evidence that quality is suffering
often touted as crucial challenges facing already comes from a number of sources.
the construction industry, a little less in In July the All-Party Parliamentary Group
the spotlight is the issue of quality. for Excellence in the Built Environment
As the government pushes house (APPGEBE) looked into the quality and
builders to produce more homes amid workmanship of new-build housing
rising costs and labour shortages, there in England.
is increasing evidence that quality It found that there is an increasing
standards across the industry have disparity between customer demands and
begun to decline, which is becoming a industry delivery when it comes to new
real concern among contractors, clients, homes and said house builders should be
industry bodies and the public alike. upping their game and putting consumers
The issue could become more pressing at the heart of their business model.
as Brexit looms, with the spectre of Alongside this, it said, government should
restricted labour movement across use its influence to promote quality at
Europe at a time when there is a huge every opportunity.
pipeline of infrastructure projects and a Chairman of the group, Oliver Colvile
determination to ramp up house building. MP, said: It is clear to us that there is a
As Mark Farmer, founder of Cast quality gap between customer demands
Consultancy and the author of the skills and industry delivery. Closing this gap
report, Modernise or die, published will only come about, we believe, if house
in October, put it: The industry must builders make a concerted effort to create
modernise or face inexorable decline. a more consumer-focused culture.

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Feature Quality

Willmott Dixon ups standards

Contractor introduces quality managers
Residential developer and contractor Willmott Dixon has put in
place measures to monitor and maintain quality across the group.
Problems with roofs, surface finishes and as a range of suppliers and subcontractors According to Martin Adie, operations director, the issue of
services are common issues that consumers delivering built environment services. quality is something that was recognised a few years ago, and
and house builders have reported. One in 10 contractors and suppliers said since then a crack squad has been put in place to monitor and
So what is the cost of poor quality that skills shortages were impeding their maintain standards across the whole company.
construction? Not only is safety a major ability to meet budgets. He explains: We recognised this was an issue a few years
ago and after consulting with clients, the feedback was that
issue as well as reputational, but the Mark Robinson, chief executive at
the quality of the product wasn't good enough.
monetary costs of having to go back and Scape, says: There is a skills shortage
So we opted to take a more engineered approach to quality
fix defects can cost contractors large throughout construction, this has a
management. Over the last three years this has seen a team
amounts. direct influence on costs, decisions and of two grow to about 15 today. Each of the companys nine
Research from the Chartered Quality ultimately influences quality. businesses have appointed a quality delivery manager.
Institute Construction Special Interest It's not just about onsite, however, Some have two.
Group suggests that better quality and getting skills on the ground to Among the main problems he says they identified were
management could save the industry deliver projects, there is also an issue leaking roofs, poor-quality surface finishes, doors not fitting
between 7bn and 12bn, as we report with getting the right people into and also various of M&E issues.
on page 48. management and professional disciplines. Adie says: The biggest cause of complaints was often M&E
Don Ward, chief executive of If that quality reduces then the end result related and was because the end users weren't trained to
Constructing Excellence, says: With is a poorer quality job. install and use complex M&E systems and buildings in general
haven't moved on that much in 20 years but M&E systems have.
the issues of defects, when we spoke Issues such as the performance gaps
To address such issues Willmott Dixon introduced an onsite
to clients last year, they said putting between as designed and as delivered
checklist, along with further training and it also started
the defects right was costing anywhere energy efficiency of buildings are
to engage meaningfully with its manufacturers.
between 1% and 5% of the project. The also well documented, with quality of We took a step beyond our supply chain and started to
amount of rework having to be done in workmanship an underlying problem. engage manufacturers, says Adie. The typical example would
the sector is quite frightening, its a big be the flat roofs scenario. We began to say to them, how fed up
problem. Contractors should be dealing Tough market conditions are you with getting tarnished with this problem? Your product
with these issues from the outset and The latest Glenigan key performance leaves in perfect condition but on site there was the problem.
save themselves some money. indicators (KPIs) survey, released last So we've been working with various companies such as
Another construction body head, month, highlighted how tough market British Gypsum on metal stud partitions, these are the issues
who did not want to be named, says: conditions have begun to impact the that we are looking at as well as what we can do to work
A pal of mine is currently working on bottom line and employers are reducing together to make sure the supply chain is capable.
a project where hes been called in to their workforce to minimise risk. The We're also in communication with our supply chain to get
them involved earlier and get them to understand we all want
try and get it finished off and fix some 2016 UK Industry Performance Report,
a quality product. Longer term we're looking at the cost value
mistakes, and hes been so horrified with produced by Glenigan alongside the CITB,
debate with our consultants, and eventually with our clients.
the quality, what he thought was a month surveyed 1,000 key people on projects
Quite frankly you get what you pay for, but you need everyone
or two job looks like a six-month job. And completed in 2015. understanding and working towards the same standard.
that isnt unusual. While overall it revealed a broadly
A lack of skills is also seen as a positive picture with most key indicators
concern. Evidence of this was seen on the rise, it did find that only 41% of
in a report in August by public sector projects came in on time and increasing There is also an issue with
procurement organisation Scape, which labour and material costs meant that getting the right people into
found that nearly 85% of public sector industry profitability took a hit, dropping management and professional
construction managers and 58% of from 2.8% to 2.5% disciplines. If that quality
private sector contractors and suppliers Certainly, skills shortages are cited reduces then the end result is a
believe that the current skills shortage is across the board as being at the root of the poorer quality job.
negatively impacting the quality of their quality issue. Stephen Wielebski FCIOB, Mark Robinson, Scape
workmanship. who gave evidence to the APPGEBE, is one
The Sustainability in the Supply Chain of those pointing to the lack of a properly
report surveyed more than 150 senior trained workforce as one of the key
managers at public organisations as well reasons why quality is suffering. >

26_28.CMNOV16.quality.indd 27 25/10/2016 12:10

Feature Quality

> Wielebski says: Its a simple quality of fire protection being site and staff were more closely monitored,
fact there is a skills shortage, When we uncovered recently in four high- it just isn't as tight these days.
there arent enough people coming spoke to profile PFI hospitals across the UK. The Institute of Clerks of Works and
into the industry at all levels, and clients last Problems have been uncovered Construction Inspectorate of Great Britain
the standards of training need to year they said at University Hospital Coventry, Royal (ICWCI), in its submission to the APPGEBE
be consistent. Due to time and cost putting the Derby Hospital, Walsall Manor Hospital on the quality and workmanship of new
restraints, companies often have no defects right and King's Mill Hospital in Mansfield, housing, acknowledged that contractors
choice but to spread out their workforce was costing Nottinghamshire. are increasingly facing a quality/cost/time
and the right people are not always between 1% The hospitals were found to be not dilemma, which is exacerbated by the fall in
working on the right jobs. and 5% of the robust enough with breaches in the skills and resource levels, knowledge gaps
Mark Wakeford, managing director of project. fire compartmentalisation walls being and general poor standards of workmanship.
midlands contractor Stepnell, agrees. Don Ward, at the heart of the problem. Contractors The ICWCI recommends that a higher
We are seeing a shortage of skills on site, Constructing are now being brought back to carry out degree of regular quality monitoring via
the same companies are still there but remedial measures in the hospitals. a qualified clerk of works should take
just fewer people in those companies, We've seen what's happened with place, but as builders continue to have
he says. Good people are being spread a the legacy issues of the PFI building targets and costs are squeezed then the
lot thinner and on every job it is taking investigations and it is clear that the likelihood is the situation will remain the
longer to achieve the quality needed quality just isn't being done in the first same, or get worse.
and expected. place, says Wilf Butcher, chief executive Companies are responding to the
With your supply chain you of the Association for Specialist Fire challenge of upping quality, however.
have to be more explicit about Protection. Crossrail, for example, insisted that all
what you need and want and Butcher says the problems are often construction firms tendering for business
quality you expect, as if you technically linked to fire containment walls on the project have a Chartered Quality
dont standards can fall. We've and says the cause can be linked back to Institute-qualified quality professional or
got clients who demand certain the original workmanship. equivalent in the ranks.
site managers of us. We expect the You have the follow-on trades doing And house builder and contractor
same from our supply chain, but it's these jobs and they're just not trained for Willmott Dixon has introduced a raft of
proving a challenge to find competent it. They shouldn't be assigned to it, but new quality control procedures (see box
quality people. subcontractors and other follow-on trades previous page).
But while skills shortages are clearly are often the ones finishing off the fire There are also moves to
beginning to bite, there's also a more protection work and it then comes back as professionalise quality by the adoption
deep-rooted issue. Poor quality could being unsafe. of systems such as the ISO 9000 quality
be a result of constructions low-margin He adds: Often, as well, even if management standard.
climate or, at a more basic level, quality repairs are done there is the issue of the And one area that many feel could be
is seen as secondary to getting the job appropriate material not being used for raise quality standards across the industry
done, with snagging picking up the the job, flame retardant foam to fix a gap is greater use of new technology and the
problems later. in the ceiling, for example, is often used. engagement of offsite manufacturing.
Poor quality is not necessarily a new Apart from more training and recruiting By using offsite many think that
issue. The problems with PFI schools more skilled people, what else can the a certain high-quality finish will be
and hospitals has shone an unwelcome industry do about the quality issue? maintained throughout.
spotlight on quality. For example, 17 PFI Ward says: When you start talking
schools in Edinburgh built a decade ago Clerk of works about skills and lack of labour and falling
were forced to close because of defects. A Bringing back a clerk of works on projects quality in construction, then the use of
report from the council's corporate policy is held up as one answer. The clerk of offsite, digital technology and BIM are the
and strategy committee had said early works, once a regular figure on sites, has solutions.
indications pointed to a construction become rarer and rarer in the last few Using new technology and having a
quality matter as opposed to a design years, and many believe this has led to highly efficient process in a controlled
defect or operating model. The full report faltering standards. environment, such as offsite factories,
is expected in November. As one industry veteran puts it: I've should ensure the end product is of a
Fire safety and protection and finishes been in the industry for 30 years starting consistent high quality. CM
have also come under scrutiny with a off on site and up through management,
number of faults in workmanship and the you once always had a clerk of works on CPD: Quality management, page 48

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FOR MANY YEARS the BIM mandate has
been one of the most discussed pieces
of legislation within the built environment,
and its date of implementation, 4 April

2016, is seen as the most important
milestone in construction's transformation
from an analogue to a digital industry. From
this date all central government-procured
projects must be designed and constructed
using Level 2 BIM, ushering in a new era of
digitally enabled projects that benefit from
Six months on from the watershed that was the increased efficiency of time and materials.
Six months have now passed since
government mandate on use of Level 2 BIM for

the industry-defining mandate came

centrally procured projects, CM gathered experts into effect, so Construction Manager,
supported by software developer
and stakeholders from the industry to discuss its Bluebeam, gathered some of the
impact. Tom Ravenscroft reports. industry's most influential BIM advocates
for a lively debate to discover whether the
mandate has been successful and what

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needs to happen to drive greater before falling sharply to the trough of approach to what it is possible to achieve.
adoption of BIM and technology in the disillusionment then rising again more The best Farrell agreed, however he was quick
construction industry. The debate fell into slowly to a plateau of productivity. thing that the to point out that while the government
a number of key themes: What most of us here are trying to mandate has has clearly stated what it wanted, there
do is cut the top of the hype curve off done is take could have been more guidance on how
Don't believe the hype so that you never go into the trough of the hype curve to achieve it: They took the approach of:
The session kicked off with the group disillusionment, but rather the industry out of play. We want this at the end, we just don't
trying to get a grasp on the current state steadily realises the benefits of BIM. care how you do it, he stated. They
Nigel Davies,
of the industry's level of BIM adoption. You don't bother following the hype, have been really good deciding to be an
While companies are adopting BIM explained Farrell. intelligent client and saying 'we'll lead'. >
at different rates, there was general Nigel Davies, director of US-based
agreement that the mandate has not only Evolve Consultancy, added: The best
Bluebeams innovative desktop, mobile and cloud
increased the rate of adoption, but also thing that the mandate has done is take solutions push the limits of digital collaboration

controlled some of the hype around BIM. the hype curve out of play. Beforehand to enable professionals, who work in the most document-intensive industries,
Shaun Farrell, associate director at Turner all you would hear is BIM this, BIM that. to do what they do, better. Bluebeam's award-winning PDF and collaboration
solutions are used by some of the top architectural, engineering and construction
& Townsend kicked off the discussion by Isn't it wonderful? You can save 500%
companies, manufacturers, government agencies and municipalities to reduce
drawing on the Gartner Hype curve a of your budget. What it [the mandate] paper usage, increase productivity and be an easy bridge to BIM that the
graphical trajectory for the progression of has done is created a level playing field industry needs. Learn more at
Bluebeam also aims to connect and inspire professionals by fostering debates
new technologies. It starts with a steep for everyone, rather than listening to
and publishing influential articles on and
rise to reach the peak of expectations all the nonsense. It's given a practical

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People feel the need to use

the word BIM, as its the answer
they need to give to get into
tenders or to get onto projects.
Fred Mills, The B1M

honesty about what they can and can't do.

If they were honest from the start we'd be
more than happy to help them along. At
least we'd know where we stand.
Although more transparency and
honesty is undoubtedly required across
construction, Fred Mills, founder of web
and social media specialist The B1M,
asserted that this tendency to exaggerate
skills comes directly from heightened
expectations surrounding BIM: It's a
manifestation of the hype, people feel
the need to use the word BIM, as its the
answer they need to give to get into
tenders or to get onto projects.
Mills believes that part of this problem
is a lack of a broad understanding. I get
the feeling that there is a real issue with
knowledge inequality around BIM, he
continued. There are people who are
advanced with it and are pushing ahead,
but the vast majority are a little bit left
behind. We've done very well in the UK,
both from a government perspective and
an expertise perspective, of developing
processes and nailing the theory. What
we have failed to do is translate it into a
Who was there are misinterpreting their own capabilities. consumable format for the masses. That's
Top row (l-r): Mark Norton, head of BIM, fit-out, engineering and There are companies that say they are where the traction needs to come from.
construction, ISG; Nick Leach, head of BIM, Multiplex Construction Europe; [BIM enabled] to win work. But once they
Garry Fannon, project BIM manager, Willmott Dixon; Fred Mills, director,
get on that work, they definitely prove Clients need greater involvement
The B1M; Shaun Farrell, associate director, Turner & Townsend
that they are not, which then kills the Garry Fannon, project BIM manager at
Bottom row (l-r): James Chambers, senior account services manager,
Bluebeam; Sasha Reed, vice president of strategic development, whole thing and increases disillusionment. Willmott Dixon, believes understanding
Bluebeam; Nathan Wood, chief enabling officer, SpectrumAEC; Rather than being practical and saying needs to begin with the client. The start
Nigel Davies, director, Evolve Consultancy on the hype curve you're asking us to do of the journey for me is our client or
Not pictured: Denise Chevin, discussion chair, editor CM; this and we can only do this, they customer not getting the quality advice
Tom Ravenscroft, editor BIM+ are promising the top of the curve. they really need to understand their own
Nick Leach, head of BIM at Multiplex part in this journey, he said. Time and
> Be honest about your capabilities Construction, agreed, saying this is a time again we see contracts with those
Although most around the table agreed real problem for the industry. However, three horrible words BIM Level 2. All of a
the mandate has had a huge impact on this was not seen as a problem sudden we have to unpick the process, as
the profession transforming the hype exclusively related to BIM capabilities. they have been poorly advised and their
surrounding BIM into actual targets It was viewed as being ingrained within expectations are wrong.
and processes that the industry can the construction industry, where often Fannon sees the solution as clients
aim for they also agreed that it has companies do not give honest answers, seeking out and getting better advice
also led to confusion and a great deal of due to the pressure of satisfying at the start of the process, while Turner
misinterpretation of people's abilities. sometimes unreasonable clients. & Townsend's Farrell sees clients
Farrell noted that it is extremely hard Leach continued: As contractors you misunderstanding as being born out of
to understand the degree to which BIM try to take others on the journey with you, how successful we have been integrating
has been adopted, as many companies but there is this cloak-and-dagger lack of BIM as an industry up until now. Clients >

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> think that since BIM has been mandated,

you can go out to Tesco and buy it. It's Clients think that since BIM
fully defined and that is essentially what has been mandated, you can go
they think they can go out and buy from out to Tesco and buy it. Its fully
the industry, Fannon said. defined and that is essentially
However, Farrell suggested that this what they think they can buy.
was not the case: All Level 2 has really
done is introduced data into an industry
Garry Fannon, Willmott Dixon
that has never used data before.
Hearing this, James Chambers, senior Technologys role in construction?
account services manager at Bluebeam, Asked about the role of technology in
asked if clients really understood what constructions current thinking, Farrell
Level 2 is. The general response seemed dispelled some of the hype that is leading
to be that traditionally clients have been some to believe that technology will solve
indifferent to harnessing information in all the industrys problems. We did an
the past. As Fannon pointed out: History analysis and concluded that technology is
tells us they sit back, say give me a only 10% of the challenge , he stated. If
building', employ someone to manage it for you fix the technology, and don't address
me, employ a contractor to deliver it. In the the culture with technology, then you are
new world of BIM that doesn't work. We only going to solve 10% of the problem.
need to spend more time understanding While all present agreed that technology
their requirements so we can respond to it is not a silver bullet, everyone also
and deliver what they want. accepted that it has an important role to
This, of course, means that clients need play in improving construction methods
to spend more time understanding their and communication. A key stumbling block
own requirements. Although they may that was identified was companies and,
be willing to pay for additional services, essentially, decision makers attitudes to
they may not be willing to spend time technology.
understanding what they actually need Willmott Dixon's Fannon explained:
the building to do. There is a cultural issue in many
Clients need to be aware that they businesses. There is a hierarchy of
have to change their behaviour, said work under the contracts we have now technology, where more senior people
Nathan Wood, chief enabling officer at if we work openly and objectively. get given better technology. We are at
SpectrumAEC. Owners don't understand Wood agreed, adding: Even if we had a position in the industry where we, as
what they need to give up to get the better contracts, it is easier to sling mud main contractors, need to reflect on the
benefits of BIM you can't have your than it is to have crucial conversations new generation coming through and start
cake and eat it. that need to be had because of different seeing technology's value, not cost.
But Mark Norton, head of BIM, fit- personalities. Because at the end of He continued: There is a cultural issue.
out, engineering and construction at the day, design and construction are For decision makers in our industry, this is
ISG, pointed out that clients are also polar opposites. not their core skill. They are builders. They
progressing on their own BIM journey: Although Mills accepted that there trust money and they know how to build.
There has been a shift in client were cultural issues, he said: I don't The rest of it is peripheral.
awareness and it [understanding of BIM] think that the ultimate value proposition, All the contractors around the table
has improved. There has been a phase- where we are all working digitally and had examples of where technology
shift in the past year where they have collaboratively, can be achieved in 10 whether smart phones, tablets or apps
become more knowledgeable. or 20 years using a 2011 JCT design had improved processes, however, it
and build contract. was far from fully ingrained within their
Are contracts creating a barrier to BIM? Wood agreed that updating contracts businesses.
The conversation turned towards the sticky should be one of the highest priorities: Sasha Reed, vice president of strategic
subject of contracts. The B1Ms Fred Mills Until we change contracts nothing else development at Bluebeam, concluded that
outlined the problem, stating that current matters as people follow the money. full integration of technology will only
contracts are creating a huge barrier. Ultimately the players in the room are not happen once decision makers realise the
However, BIM consultant Nigel Davies incentivised to do what we should do. financial benefits or feel the pinch from
was adamant that contracts are being Ending on a positive note, Farrell Continue the debate failing to retain staff: Until it hits the
used as an excuse not to engage with pointed out that many companies are very by participating in executives pockets then it [technological
the Bluebeam round
BIM: Its not just about the contracts, its successful in their use of BIM. There are adoption] will not happen. It's a fuse that
table this November.
about putting barriers up as an excuse for people out there who are going to do it as Details coming soon has been lit but we have yet to feel the
not breaking them down. We can it is the right thing to do, he said. via the CM website full impacts. CM

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intent, believe we have chosen fairly and

chosen the best person for the job
and the status quo is maintained.
In the world of a potentially diverse
workforce, at the top end, nothings
going to change as long as that belief
system and inherent bias is influencing
the choice.
Dr David Hancock, head of construction
at the Cabinet Office, is considering
endorsing gender quotas for women on
government-funded construction
He said: I was never one for quotas
in the industry or using it but Im
moving towards that thinking.
I dont exactly know why he is moving
towards that thinking, but Id like to think
it is something Ive learned from the
military called inevitability management.
Recently Ive been engaging with senior
officers implementing the introduction
of women into the Royal Marines, a
mandate ordered by the government this
summer. An educated guess would say
that 90% of serving Royal Marines and
probably more retired Marines are against
this. This is a big deal.

Inevitability planning

However, policy officers in the Royal Navy

and Marines saw this inevitability a
while back and have been planning how
to make it work on the ground, how to

Think youre recruiting

turn this into an opportunity, sending
conditioning messages, organising
themselves and now actively recruiting

fairly? Well think again

into the small talent pool.
It was inevitable and when things are
inevitable, resistance is a waste of energy
and opportunities are overlooked.
It is inevitable that we are going to
David Hancock, head of construction at the Cabinet Office, said he experience a greater shortfall of
was mooting quotas to boost womens presence in construction. engineers in this country and possibly its

Paul Fox, founder of Constructive Coaching, is all in favour. going to get worse once Brexit is under
way with immigration changes.
The UK has the lowest percentage of
QUOTAS, TARGET SETTING and positive action The problem is the incumbent male female engineering professionals in
need to be on the table to shift our majority genuinely believe that they are Imagine what Europe, at less than 10%, while Latvia,
industrys woeful female board level choosing the best person for the job, it just a 15% uplift in Bulgaria and Cyprus lead with nearly 30%.
representation. so happens that that person is the grey- women senior Are my detractors going to tell me we
Both men and women tell me positive haired, middle-aged white guy again. construction cant learn from Cyprus or Bulgaria and
discrimination is bad because selection Our prejudices are so ingrained that it is positions set a +20% target benchmarked against a
should only be based on objective criteria tough to see outside of them, so when would do for precedent that already exists?
the best person for the job should the right female candidate rocks up we recruitment Over the past few decades, the
always be hired, whether that person is men (and women, studies show) just cant and retention orchestral music world has undergone
male or female. In an ideal world see or hear how fit for purpose she is. it would be a a revolution. Many musicians thought
meritocracies are it. We honestly, with good heart and virtuous cycle. that male conductors were abusing

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BIM bytes: The JCT
Design & Build
contract and BIM
On 22 September 2016, the also be sought with the terms
their power and playing favourites Joint Contracts Tribunal issued in appointing other members
to male selection. My male colleagues its 2016 edition of the JCT of the project team.
Now, after robust action and strategy go on about Design and Build Contract. The JCT DB 2016 makes a
change in the orchestra selection process, meritocracy like its As with the Public Sector new amendment such that
potential musicians are identified not by going to be actually Supplement issued in 2011 supply of the contractors
name but by number. Screens are erected that difficult to and the JCTs practice note design documents is to be in
between the interviewing committee and better current results published in January 2016, accordance with the
the auditioner. Selection is made on produced mostly by men. entitled Building Information provisions of the BIM Protocol.
technical merit and the possibility of Modelling (BIM) Collaborative JCT Design & Build contracts
unconscious bias has been removed. head of engineering. Sam walks in and Integrated Team Working, have always been signed
As these affirmative new rules were and Im momentarily surprised to note the new JCT DB 2016 contract when most, if not all, of the
put in place around the world, an he is wearing a dress. Oh yes, Sam is continues to have light- design has been completed.
extraordinary thing happened: orchestras also a womens name my shame quickly touch drafting for BIM. It will be important to ensure
began to hire women (from 5% to 25% kicks in. The amendments accept that any design submission
since the 1970s). At least these days it might take me the BIM Protocol as a contract procedure is consistent with
Imagine what a 15% uplift in women 0.05 of a second to catch those kind of document. The guide that has the work that has gone on in
senior construction positions would do for thoughts and make a mental note that Im been published with the JCT the pre-construction phase,
recruitment and retention it would be a a human work in progress. DB 2016 states that the JCT as the pre-construction phase
virtuous cycle. Is that pleasant or easy to admit? No, considers that its contracts is not catered for by the JCT
I believe we wont see big equality but its the truth and those males who are give sufficient latitude to BIM DB 2016.
gains in the construction sector anytime honest enough to enter into this Protocols so that a conflict It is worth reviewing the
soon, until we establish quotas or take conversation will also admit to stubborn should not arise; in any event, JCTs BIM practice note from
affirmative action and set targets for bias that they would rather not have. it also considers that January and again noting the
women on boards. unqualified overriding emphasis on collaborative
Someone famously said: I will know The case for quotas provisions are not appropriate working being a key to
that we have reached equality when a Most western nations are now dictating in such protocols. successful implementation of
mediocre woman is put in charge of a quotas for female board representation BIM. The practice note cites
company. and there is nothing stopping boards Consistent obligations other forms in the JCT suite
My male colleagues talk as if we setting targets for diversity right now I agree that a provision which that might be more suitable
industry men have reached astounding hence Lord Davies setting a target of 33% states that the BIM Protocol for such collaborative working
levels of competence and effectiveness. of women on FTSE 350 boards by 2020. overrides the terms of the than the JCT Design & Build
They go on about meritocracy like its Board diversity enhances board contract is not appropriate, contract.
going to be actually that difficult to performance. There is now an because it should be ensured Overall, the BIM
better current results produced mostly overwhelmingly strong business case. that terms are consistent. amendments are, like the
by men or that women will screw things Quotas and targets are just a mechanism, a However, it is worth noting other amendments that the
up. Its not as if the construction sector is tool to achieve the outcome we all want to the reason why the CIC BIM JCT has made in this 2016
a beacon of productivity and innovation see. So lets get over it and get on with it. Protocol suggests that it update, underwhelming in
is it gents? Let me conclude by asking the should prevail: so that each of their substance. Most of
The slow embrace of technology, following questions: the consultants and the the update has been small
adversarial cultures, fragmentation and l Who in their business has experienced contractor can understand and tweaks to wording, relatively
low productivity have all been maintained or initiated unconscious bias training? rely on the consistency of few of which (such as the
pretty exclusively under the male watch. l When interviewing, do you ask male obligations of the other process to claim loss and
Most of us believe that we are ethical and female candidates the exact same members of the project team. expense) will have any
and unbiased. We believe we are balanced questions? (Our Police discovered that The upshot is that any substantial effect.
decision makers, able to fairly size up a job gender biases in choosing between a intended BIM Protocol should
candidate and reach a rational conclusion male and female candidate for a senior be reviewed for consistency Assad Maqbool is a partner at
thats in our organisations best interests. officer role were reduced when specific with the general JCT DB 2016 Trowers & Hamlins specialising
Two decades of unconscious bias criteria were set up before reviewing terms and consistency should in projects and construction.
research confirms that, in reality, most of applicants).
us fall woefully short of our inflated self- There are very valid reasons why it
perception. will be difficult to create gender equality
BIM best practice
Some adopt the attitude of Ill not but none that cant be overcome Read new case studies
cast the first stone. Im grateful that I with strength of will and leadership. from around the country
demonstrating BIM best practice
notice the unconscious bias pretty quick I suspect my male friends out there
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But consider the following scenario: overcomes all obstacles and practice that many more. Go to the award-
winning BIM+ website:
Last week in a major contractors office on a daily basis. We either find a way, or
I was asked if Id like to meet Sam the we find an excuse.

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Fighting it out on adjudication costs

Two Acts of Parliament appear to offer contradictory positions on who pays an adjudicators
costs. Jonathan Parker attempts to find out if there can be an overall winner.
THIS COLUMN CONSIDERS the often confusing after the adjudication has begun. In all my compensation arising out of late payment.
and much-debated position for recovering years of working in construction law, The Commercial Debts Act also provides
costs in adjudication. Thankfully, it is I have only seen this once. that If the reasonable costs of the supplier
all perfectly clear and easy to grasp So what is the legal position on the in recovering the fixed debt are not met
because Section 108A of the Housing awarding of costs following the Lulu by the fixed sum (of 100), the supplier
Grants and Construction Regeneration Act judgment? The short answer is nobody shall also be entitled to a sum equivalent
says unequivocally that parties cannot can be certain at this stage, and it to the difference between the fixed sum
include provisions in their contract for will remain uncertain until we have and those costs. The argument goes
the allocation of the other sides costs in a High Court judgement on precisely that it is reasonable to engage a lawyer
adjudication. And, coming from the lofty this question. But doesnt the Lulu in seeking to recover monies due through
echelons of an Act of Parliament, nobody There have judgment answer the question as to adjudication, especially if you are not
is going to question the effects of that been good recovery of a partys costs? I hear you familiar with the adjudication process, and
provision right? fights put up ask Unfortunately it does not. Lulu was so the above provision imposes a right to
Well, that is until we run into another from both merely concerned with the enforcement recover your costs.
Act of Parliament that arguably provides camps the of an adjudicators decision, and as we Lawyer Rachel Gwilliam has written a
the contrary. The legislation fighting truth is that have seen before, enforcement can only superb Society of Construction Law paper
out of the blue corner in this instance is the victor can be defeated on narrow grounds, such as on this topic and argues that there is no
the Late Payment of Commercial Debts only land the the adjudicator being biased or lacking conflict between the two Acts because
(Interest) Act 1998. Lets just call them
knockout blow jurisdiction. the Commercial Debts Act doesnt award
the Construction Act and the Commercial
with the courts The courts will enforce an adjudicators costs, but instead awards compensation,
Debts Act for now.
or legislative decision even if they think it is wrong, if the fixed amount of up to 100 is
and as bizarre as that may sound, I insufficient. If it is compensation that is
What are the two Acts fighting about? believe it is how things should be. being awarded, it cannot then be barred
Section 5A of the Commercial Debts Adjudication is supposed to provide quick by the Construction Act provision that is
Act conveys a right to the costs of access to a temporarily binding decision concerned with costs.
recovering a debt, which could extend and if those decisions can be as quickly Some see that as a fair and balanced
to a partys costs in adjudication. The unpicked it would undermine the value of position, since without it a paying party
Commercial Debts Act came into force the process. And the parties will still have suffers little consequences for failing to
in 2013, and although there has been access to court or arbitration to have the pay, whereas the payee, whose cash flow
some consideration over the potential decision reheard. has suffered, can end up out of pocket
clash between these Acts before, So we are left with the two positions for costs of simply trying to get what was
this debate has raised its head most slugging it out and a very real conflict owed to them.
recently following the judgment in Lulu between the two Acts. The Construction My view? I have sympathy for costs
Construction Ltd v Mulalley & Co Ltd. Here Act prohibits clauses in a contract that being awarded because I have always seen
the High Court enforced an adjudicators allocate payment of costs; whereas the adjudication as being there to help the little
decision which included an award under Commercial Debts Act implies terms in firm get paid and reduce subbie bashing,
the Commercial Debts Act of almost contracts for the payment of interest and and that works better if they are not left
48,000 for what it described as debt with a costs size hole in their bank balance
recovery costs. for the privilege of obtaining their money.
In the red corner there is section There have been good fights put up
108A of the Construction Act. This limits from both camps on this issue, but the
the recovery of costs subject to two truth is that the victor can only land
exceptions. The first exception is that a the knockout blow with the courts or
contract can state that the adjudicator legislative intervention. Until then well
decides who pays their fees and expenses be wandering in to adjudications unsure
that is the easy part. What is being about whether costs will be awarded or
fought over between the two Acts is a not. This is extremely significant when
partys costs for instructing lawyers to you look at the unexpected award of
represent them in an adjudication. The 48,000 of costs in the Lulu case.
second exception is for agreements Jonathan Parker is director of Quigg
between the parties to allocate costs Golden Solicitors

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Need to know: Apprenticeship Levy

Understanding the funding mechanism for training can be a complex affair so how does
the governments new Apprenticeship Levy fit into the equation?
What is the Apprenticeship Levy? believing they will improve the quality
The Apprenticeship Levy is a new levy of apprenticeships. But it says it is
introduced by the government on all concerned, however, at the slow rate
employers with a wage bill of more than that the transition from construction
3m a year. It is intended to encourage frameworks to standards is taking: At
employers to invest in apprenticeships, this rate we will still be working under
to increase the quality and quantity of the existing frameworks system and will
apprenticeships across the whole of continue to beyond 2017.
the economy.
The levy was announced in the 2015 Whats the co-investment rate?
summer Budget and will come into force All employers need to know about
in April 2017 at a rate of 0.5% of an something called the co-investment rate.
employers wage bill, paid through PAYE. It This rate is applied to employers that do
is expected to raise 3bn a year by 2020. not pay the Apprenticeship Levy, or those
that do but have used all the funds in
How many construction firms will need their Digital Accounts. In these instances
to pay the Apprenticeship Levy? firms will need to pay 10% of training
Based on current data, about 1% of costs, with the government paying the
employers registered with CITB, about remaining 90%.
600 companies, will need to pay. However, However, smaller firms will be
the apprenticeship reforms will impact on exempted from co-investment if they
construction employers of all sizes. take on a 16-18-year-old apprentice.
Companies of all sizes will also receive
What will employers get back from a 1,000 incentive for taking on one of
the levy? these younger learners.
Employers in England will be able to reclaim
their contributions as digital vouchers to proposed funding bands will cut funding How will the new levy work with the
pay for apprenticeship training. CITB has for construction apprenticeships by current CITB levy?
This voucher system will not apply in warned that between 20% and 30%. This is still very much an unknown. For
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. governments We are concerned that training one year only (financial year 2017/2018),
The devolved governments in those proposed providers could stop training in the higher companies with a payroll above 3m that
countries will receive additional funds funding bands cost sectors, such as construction, or are in scope to the CITB levy will have to
in proportion to the amount spent on will cut they could ask employers to make up the pay both levies.
training in England. funding for shortfall in cost, which might deter firms To manage this, CITB has agreed a
Employers that pay the Apprenticeship construction from taking apprentices on. Weve voiced temporary transition package with
Levy will also receive a 10% top-up apprentice- these concerns to the Department of industry, for firms paying both levies that
from the government towards their ships by Education and contributed to the recent year. Under this arrangement these firms
total monthly contributions in England. between 20% consultations on apprenticeship funding, will be able to claim CITB funding at an
So, for every 1 an employer pays in, and 30%. the organisation says. enhanced rate, capped at their level of
they can draw down 1.10 to spend on The new standards for apprenticeships Apprenticeship Levy contribution. These
apprenticeship training. currently being drawn up by employers funds will primarily come from CITBs
will be funded at a higher rate, because efficiency savings.
How will the proposed funding bands they are considered to be of a higher CITB has set up a new employer-led Levy
work? Will they work for construction? standard than their corresponding Working Party to scope the options for how
The governments proposed funding framework. But at this stage again there the CITB Levy could work alongside the
bands for framework apprenticeships is another major unknown we dont Apprenticeship Levy in future.
raise real concerns for the construction know what the standards will look like.
industry. Only two standards have been approved Where can I go for more info?
Even with the sector-beneficial for construction trades. CITB provides up-to-date info about the
increases to funding for STEM subjects The CITB says it supports the levy at
the CITB has warned that governments new employer-designed standards, apprenticeships-levy/

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NESTLED IN THE CORNER of a Grade II*-listed
park and gardens, alongside a cricket
pitch and close to some of Oxfords
most treasured historic buildings, it is hard

natural beauty
to imagine a more bucolic site than the one
occupied by the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre.
The 846 sq m auditorium and
conference centre is being built for 8.8m
by regional contractor Beard Ltd for
Worcester College in the University of
Oxford. It is designed to merge into the
protected setting by exploiting a palette
of natural materials, primarily limestone
and timber, assembled using a combination
of traditional craftsmanship and
state-of-the-art construction techniques.
The rectilinear facade, with its
expansive vertical windows, incorporates
more than 500 tonnes of masonry-grade
Clipsham limestone, precision cut using
CNC machines, then laid painstakingly by
hand. Equally complex was the timber
joinery, a structural oak lattice ceiling in
the foyer, and a geometrically
complicated fan-shaped ceiling, made
of glass reinforced gypsum (GRG),
in the focal auditorium.

Attention to detail and a marriage of traditional skills and modern construction techniques
will deliver a striking addition to Oxfords heritage. Stephen Cousins reports.
Photographs by Morley von Sternberg.

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The biggest challenges arose where that mimics the existing three-sided Front Larger mullions on the main elevation
traditional and modern materials Quad at Worcester College, with its Grade It has been a create a regular rhythm and formal
intersected, explains Richie Carter, I-listed row of medieval buildings, known challenge to frontage onto the cricket pitch, and those
contracts manager at Beard: The intricacy as "the cottages", and two Grade I-listed get the in the curved clerestory drop down into
of the building is such that you can't neo-classical style buildings, built in the stonework into the building to form the rear of the
consider one element without considering 18th century. its current auditorium space.
all the others, and how one trade will An existing natural lake near the historic state to make Carter comments: I came away from
affect the next. For example, if the college quad will be extended to run from it appear as Ripon college fully aware of the
blockwork wall is not built to the tightest the base of the east-facing studio effortless as architects exacting standards and ready
of tolerances, the oak ceiling will not line elevation, with its large bay window. possible. to promote the same standards into my
up with the stonework on the face of Water will be pumped from under the Alastair Crockett, team. Everything here is on a much
the blocks. There is the constant concern facade to appear as if the building is the grander scale, the clerestory windows are
Nall McLaughlin
that something is going to be out of line, source of the water, matching a similar 4m tall, compared to 2.5m tall on the
creating a knock-on effect. detail used at the other end of the lake. chapel, the mullions are 850mm-deep,
The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre is Nall McLaughlin Architects design aims compared to just 300mm.
located in the northern grounds of to nestle the building into the historic The facades incorporate more than 500
Worcester College and is spread across a landscape and maximise views out from tonnes of Clipsham limestone, supplied
single storey. Due for completion in inside. It incorporates design ideas and from quarries run by Stamford Stone,
December, the facility will feature a 160- materials employed in the Stirling Prize- north of Peterborough, and installed by
seat theatre, two seminar rooms, a studio nominated Bishop Edward King Chapel at stonemason Szerelmey. Clipsham has a
for teaching and performance, and an nearby Ripon Theological College, also rough surface and wide tonal variation,
e-hub social learning space, all linked designed by Nall McLaughlin Architects picking up various pinks and blues. It has
together by a large foyer and bar area. and constructed by Beard in 2012. been used widely around Oxford, and in
It will be used by students for lectures Both buildings have limestone prominent UK buildings such as Kings
and activities, including drama and music facades, intricate timber roof/ceiling College Chapel, in Cambridge, York
sessions, for conferences and as a meeting structures, and a curved halo-like Minster and Windsor Castle.
space for local community groups. clerestory, on the upper level, divided by The masonry is laid in a regular
The building forms two sides of a a row of tapered stone mullions. 300mm-deep course across the
three-sided quad (the third side is a The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre places elevations, switching to a 150mm course
neighbouring block of student housing) greater emphasis on the stone mullions. from the ground floor to the base of the >


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Above: The rectilinear > structure to create a subtly

facade incorporates
differentiated base to the building.
more than 500 tonnes
of Clipsham limestone The building is in a flood zone and the
Right: The auditorium ground floor slab is raised up on a number
ceiling is ribbed and
of concealed plinths. A chequer pattern of
features a double pitch
holes in the base of the limestone walls
allow water to flow underneath.
Carter comments: Uniquely, we spent
seven to eight months on site before we
even got the ground floor slab on. A key
challenge was deciding which services to
include in the floor void above the flood
zone (principally large ductwork and
ventilation). Other services are either run
through screed, or through very tight
ceiling voids.
The limestone appears to be self-
supporting, but is in fact fixed back to the
buildings primary steel frame using a
variety of bracketry, ties and dowels, most
extensively in the lintels over window
openings. The use of a primary steel
frame, over concrete, reduced the overall
weight of the structure and made it
simpler to attach the stone.
Alastair Crockett, project architect at
Nall McLaughlin Architects, comments:
It has been a challenge to get the
stonework into its current state to make it
appear as effortless as possible, a lot of
hidden elements have been included that
are not necessarily visible to the eye.
The Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre is
defined by its tight lines of geometry,
but Clipsham stone is relatively soft,
for example, compared to Portland Stone.

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Technical Onsite

Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre cross section


Design development between NMLA section, with a double pitch that kicks back
and Szerelmey allowed the sharp Thanks to up over the stage. It also curves in plan, on
profiles of the stonework to be good setting the rear edge of the stage, and on the front
maintained whilst robust detailing out and a bit of edge that extends out to meet the mullions
ensured that fractures and accelerated flexibility to at the top of the clerestory windows.
weathering would be avoided. pack and move The fan shape behaves well
The limestone involved a real mix of the stone, acoustically, the idea of a compressed
modern and traditional techniques, says there has only stage and an open auditorium was a nod
Crockett. The stonework was CNC cut been one slight to one of Nall McLaughlin Architects
from raw blocks by Meister Masonry in alignment previous projects, a bandstand at Bexhill
Cheltenham to achieve the correct issue in all 35 on the south coast, says Crockett.
profiles, but on site it was a case of three windows. Concern for light has always been
guys lifting large blocks of stone and central to Nall McLaughlin Architects
Richie Carter,
fixing them in place. The specific profiles work. Light from the clerestory streams
were designed by Szerelmey in across the surface of the GRG, so to avoid
accordance with the detailed design any unsightly blemishes a precise
provided by the architect. framework mould for each section of
The project programme was put in the ceiling was first modelled in 3D, then >
jeopardy when the glazing installer went
into liquidation and the stonework had to
be installed out of sequence, before the
windows. This threatened issues with
tolerances, particularly around large
600kg sliding windows in the front
elevation that allowed for just +/-0.5mm
of variation.
Thanks to some good setting out and
a little bit of flexibility to pack and move
the stone, there has only been one slight
alignment issue in all 35 windows,
says Carter.
That was not the projects only
setback. Unforeseen circumstances led
to a nine-week delay associated with the
replacement of the main sewer running
through the site.
The dialogue between high-tech and
traditional construction played out during
construction of the focal auditorium
space, where a geometrically complex
ceiling, resembling a folded paper fan,
was built using GRG.
The ceiling is ribbed and V-shaped in

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> CNC cut. The process of casting the

moulds then reverted to a more traditional The lattice is
plaster process. designed to tie
The critical moment came when setting together the
out the ceiling to a pattern of radial surrounding
lines. Each fold in the GRG had to line rooms, but
up precisely with the centre of each of also to feel
the stone mullions in the clerestory, a directionless,
central radius point around the edge of light streaming
the stage and a third point at the rear of in will make it
the stage. Because of the level of feel like being
complexity the GRG contractor, Fine Art outside.
Mouldings, employed its own designer to Alastair Crockett,
ensure that the moulds were cast to the Nall McLaughlin
highest degree of accuracy to meet the Architects
tight tolerances.
The finished article looks fantastic,
just how it was supposed to, says Carter.
It seemed a long way off when we were
at the start of the job and sitting in a oak glulam columns, installed by Inwood primary oak structure that runs north-to-
design team meeting scratching our heads Developments. The timber theme is south on 3m-wide grid lines, a secondary
wondering how to achieve it. continued in the studio where oak floors structure offset at 90 degrees, and a third
Timber structure and timber joinery are Above right: The ceiling will sit below an exposed, softwood supporting layer above. The ceiling will
used to impressive effect in the Sultan comprises a primary glulam roof structure. look hand crafted, but is in fact a panelised
oak structure that
Nazrin Shah Centre. The floors and runs north-to-south on The lattice is designed to tie together system, installed in 3m by 2m modules.
ceilings of the seminar rooms are built in 3m-wide grid lines, the surrounding rooms, but also to feel Beard has constructed the building
exposed oak and the ceiling structure in a secondary structure directionless, light streaming into the under a two-stage design & build contract,
offset at 90 degrees,
the foyer area features a multi-layered and a third supporting space will make it feel like being outside, with Nall McLaughlin Architects novated
lattice of oak beams supported on slender layer above. says Crockett. The ceiling comprises a to oversee the design. According to Carter,
the architect has been committed to
producing a high quality building, but also
flexible to alternative options when
Client Worcester College in the University of Oxford
issues with budget, buildability, or
Main contractor Beard Ltd
Contract administrator/project manager Bidwells LLP maintenance were highlighted.
Architect Nall McLaughlin Architects Ltd As a result, the stone floors proposed
Structural engineer Price & Myers LLP for the auditorium and foyer have been
Stonemason Szerelmey (GB) Ltd replaced with maintenance-free porcelain
Structural steelwork Cahill Welding Services Ltd tile alternatives and a pre-stressed
Electrical services Haysham Ltd concrete plank roof to the studio has
Mechanical services Lawton (BES) Ltd
been replaced with a softwood glulam
Oak ceiling Inwood Developments Ltd
GRG ceiling Fine Art Mouldings Ltd structure which could achieve the
required span members more suited to
the restrictive nature of the site access.
In addition, the GRG was preferred to
curved, stress skin plywood for the
auditorium ceiling on the basis of the
flexibility and quality control which could
be achieved with the product.
Nall McLaughlin Architects is very
happy with the building so far, says
Crockett: You can see the plan and the
elevations and views produced in the
early competition stages coming through
now on site, thanks primarily to the skill
of all trades involved.
Will it be another Stirling Prize contender
to rival Bishop Edward King Chapel?
Watch this space. CM

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Continuing Professional Development
Quality management
The importance of quality management
How it can make a difference on construction projects
Crossrail sets the benchmark in QM systems

A quality management
route to better profits

Crossrail has shown how quality management can help deliver complex projects on time,
budget and with exemplary safety records. Vince Desmond says we can all follow its lead.
Above: Quality AS A RESULT OF RECENT political employing a right-first-time approach
management developments in Britain, the minds (based on risk planning) and relentlessly
systems were
crucial to Crossrails of managers throughout the ultra- learning from experience (through robust
successful delivery competitive construction industry are analysis and treatment of the root cause
focused on running the tightest ship of problems that do occur), quality
possible, to enable their firms to weather managers promise reduced costs, as well as
the storms ahead. faster delivery times and increased profits.
Quality management is increasingly Earlier this year, the Chartered Quality
being seen as an answer to two problems Institute (CQI) Construction Special
prevalent in the construction industry: Interest Group announced that its new
waste and safety breaches. These equate Cost of Quality Working Group would

to costs that any construction manager investigate the UKs 100bn construction
would be keen to avoid. By looking at every industry with a view to producing a report
aspect of a companys operation (from into the cost of quality. Whilst it has yet to
winning business to managing suppliers), reach its final conclusions, initial research

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Quality management

to demonstrate strong capability in

quality management provides increased
confidence to the client.
This is where the CQI comes in. It is
the only chartered body dedicated to
quality professionals. As part of its role in
representing British quality management
professionals in numerous industries,
the CQI produced the Competency
Framework, a detailed professional
standard defining what it means to be
a qualified and highly trained quality Crossrail: quality controls exemplar
professional. The Competency Framework In many ways, Crossrail faces professional, or equivalent. By
encourages organisations to see the the same issues as any other mandating the use of qualified
construction project. There are quality professionals on the
quality professional as a business partner contractors and subcontractors project for all subcontractors
who can help projects succeed through to manage, supplies of involved, Crossrail bosses were
excellence in planning and assurance and equipment to procure and able to exploit the uniformity
a focus on mitigating risk. monitor, and an ambitious of the training that these
vision holding everything professionals had received.
Within the Competency Framework, together. Where Crossrail The CQI then developed a
quality professionals are provided with distinguishes itself from other training programme specifically
a tight set of definitions and concepts projects has been its ambitious for Crossrail, focusing on ways
embracing of quality as a part of that the quality profession
to work with to help them both advance
the construction process from could help the project achieve
their knowledge, as well as potential the beginning of the project. its goals.
employers understand how they can be With more than 10,000 By training all quality
most helpful to the business. contractors working on the managers working on the
project for over 100 million project to implement quality in
CQIs research suggests that although
hours, and 26 miles of new the same way, Crossrail ensured
there were often issues with initially tunnels created beneath that any problem arising at any
adapting to a continuous quality London so far, Crossrail is point in the supply chain or
programme, 75% of construction firms undisputed in its status as the construction stage would be
A robust approach to quality were willing to develop and even expand
largest construction project handled in the same manner.
in Europe. The 10% increase This streamlined the process and
management adds a new the role that quality played in their in Londons rail capacity it will saved further time.
dimension when going to operations, suggesting there is more deliver for London represents Speaking about the
tender for potential projects. than enough demand for the services of the largest rise since the Second importance of the collaboration
World War, and the techniques between the CQI and Crossrail,
quality professionals supported by the and practices employed for the Chris Sexton, technical director
CQI Competency Framework and specially project will influence British of Crossrail, is clear in his
suggests that quality management could tailored training programmes. construction firms for decades. justification for insisting
save the industry between 7bn and This data reveals that construction The scale and ambition of that all contractors had a
work necessary for a project of CQI-accredited professional
12bn. Little wonder, then, that quality firms are increasingly viewing quality as the size of Crossrail naturally on board. I would not be
management is now being taken seriously a strategic necessity rather than a luxury, led to significant logistical comfortable if unqualified
by firms up and down the country. and that when utilised properly, there challenges for Crossrail or unaccredited engineers
To understand how pervasive and are significant financial and reputational managers. Left unmanaged, the were allowed to contribute to
protracted supply line and mass this hugely complex building
effective quality management can benefits to be gained from a focus on of subcontractors could have led project, he says. Why would
be requires one to look at operational excellence in operational governance to a project that was at risk of I let unqualified quality
problems as being failures in process. For assurance and improvement. being delayed, or over budget. professionals work on that
instance, an incident on site may be as Quality management is a difficult For all of these reasons, same project?
Crossrails management Crossrail is now in the fit-out
much down to supply side quality failure concept to grasp at times, but it is clear approached the CQI to ensure stage and is 75% complete,
as individual error. Quality management is that when used properly, it can be the that the principles of quality on time and within its budget,
about mitigating these mistakes. difference between a good project, and a management permeated all which is quite an achievement
aspects of the project from for a project of this size. The
In addition to the internal benefits in great one.
the start. After an initial hope is that construction firms
eliminating the waste that is inherent in Projects such as Crossrail (see box, consultation, it was decided up and down the country will
construction projects, a robust approach right) show how some of the most that all construction firms see the crucial role that quality
to quality management also adds a cutting-edge organisations use quality wishing to tender for business professionals have played in
on the project would be required this success and make moves to
new dimension when going to tender management to ensure that their
to have a CQI-qualified quality do the same.
for potential projects when the ability projects remain under control and stay>

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Quality management

the organisation delivers on customer Governance

and stakeholder needs. Therefore, to be l Have we identified all customer and
useful the system needs to reflect the stakeholder requirements?
organisations business strategy and l Do we have the system, process, policy
ensure that policy and process are owned, and capability to deliver these?
assured and, where required, improved. Assurance
Indeed, getting the most out of a l Is our system and culture delivering on
business management system based these stakeholder requirements?
on ISO 9001 requires competence. An l What threat and opportunity exists?
organisation would not allow unqualified Improvement
people to run its financial systems, and l Do we have the data to understand
having a competent and qualified business performance and customer/
system is focused on delivering customer stakeholder views?
needs efficiently and effectively. l Are we using this to drive the
The nature of the business environment right improvement based on risk and
with the speed of technology change, performance, and are we looking back at
the changing demand and supply new ways of working?
landscape, increasing customer demands, The construction industry is set to
and reduced cycle times means that benefit hugely from the work carried
change remains the only and ever- out by the CQI, the CQI Construction
increasing constant. Special Industry Group and Crossrail.
A core part of the quality professional The sector can benefit from the CQIs
remit is change and improvement, as national standard for quality professionals,
aligning the business improvement effort removing the need for organisations to
is vital if organisations and projects are invent their own competence frameworks
to use their financial resources wisely, and learning pathways with the comfort
investing in the right changes that that the CQI framework has been
respond to performance and close the developed with input and experience
loop on risk in an agile manner. This from a wide range of industry sectors.
requires the system of improvement Construction managers have recognised
itself to be properly managed in terms the potential of quality management to
of ensuring standard approaches are deal with some of the problems most
employed for aspects ranging from proper commonly associated with construction
root cause analysis of problems to the projects. Whilst only time will tell, the
> within budget. A large number of A concrete segment is delivery of changes. legacy of Crossrail and other large projects
construction companies now use the ISO installed in Crossrails To ensure that benefits are realised, the using quality could very well be the start
western tunnels
9001 standard as a means of bringing right improvement skills must exist within of a wider implementation of quality
quality to their firms. Used by more than the organisation. In this way the quality initiatives across the building industry. CM
a million firms globally, ISO 9001 is an profession helps the organisation and Vince Desmond is acting CEO of the
accepted standard for companies who project answer the following questions: Chartered Quality Institute
are attempting to operate with greater
efficiency and profitability.
The CIOB has a dedicated CPD portal on the Construction Manager website, featuring CPD
ISO 9001 can be a valuable tool for
modules from the magazine, as well as study topics from a wide range of industry experts.
implementing the principles of quality to
To complete the questionnaire below, and access the free CPD content, go to:
a construction company. There are now
more than 41,000 British firms that have
secured ISO 9001 certification, and in CPD test paper: Quality management
a recent survey of British construction
1. CQI estimates that quality management 4. How many contractors have worked
managers 20% put recent increases in
could save the industry: on the Crossrail project?
profits directly down to implementing a l 7-10bn l 7-10m l 500,000 l 5m l 100,000 l 2,000
quality management programme. Getting the 2. According to CQI research, how many firms l 20,000 l 10,000
It is undeniable that compliance most out of a were willing to expand the role of quality 5. In a recent survey, what percentage
with the ISO 9001 standard allows business management? of British construction managers put
l 50% l 20% l 100% l 75%
construction firms to engage in quality management increases in profits directly down to a
3. How many British firms have secured quality management programme?
management, and improve their efficiency system based ISO 9001 certification? l 10% l 30%
in the process. However, viewing an ISO on ISO 9001 l More than 51,000 l More than 100,000 l 20% l 50%
9001 certified system as a bolt-on is a requires l More than 41,000 l More than 74,000
mistake the system is the way in which competence.

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CIOB makes voice heard at party political conferences

> The political party conference season
did not pass without the voice of the
construction industry being heard.
The CIOB attended the three major party
events to ensure the industry views are

At the Conservative Party Conference Brexit was the

core theme but was very swiftly followed in priority
by housing and construction.
Business secretary Greg Clark told delegates that
the UK needed an industrial strategy that worked for
businesses both big and small, making specific
mentions of infrastructure, regeneration, skills and
devolution. Separate to this, the CIOB and the RICS
together held a well-attended fringe meeting to
discuss what an industrial strategy should look like
for the built environment. The CIOB was
in full flow
Paul Nash, president of the CIOB, said: Given that during party
construction is one of the supporting pillars of the UK conference
economy, it is crucial that it is at the heart of any
strategy. But in order to flourish, the industry needs
to work with government on fixing a number of homes on brownfield sites. Additionally a 3bn Home spokesperson for Communities, Decentralisation and
outstanding challenges: housing, productivity and Building Fund would provide loans to stimulate the Northern Powerhouse and Jeremy Blackburn,
skills to just name a few. housebuilding projects. head of UK policy, RICS.
The chancellor Philip Hammond also announced Gavin Barwell, the housing minister, provided more At Labour the team hosted an evening reception
at the conference that he would abandon his detail on the Accelerated Construction Scheme. Under alongside the RICS and the RIBA. Andy Burnham MP,
predecessor George Osbornes target of having a the plans, large areas of public land will be broken up former shadow home secretary and Manchester
surplus by the end of this parliament and will into smaller plots to encourage SME builders into the mayoral candidate outlined his commitment to invest
instead focus on infrastructure projects to boost market, with the government no longer selling off in greater infrastructure in the North of England. Dr
the economy. large chunks of land to the highest bidder. Roberta Blackman-Woods MP, shadow housing
Communities secretary Sajid Javid called for a At the Liberal Democrat Party Conference the team minister and Clive Betts MP, chair of CLG Select
million new homes to be built by 2020. He hosted a reception on the importance of construction Committee also spoke at the event alongside Michael
announced that the government would borrow 2bn with speeches from Professor Charles Egbu, CIOB Newey, past president of RICS, and current RIBA
to accelerate construction of tens of thousands of vice president, Lord Shipley OBE, the Liberal Democrat president, Jane Duncan.


Some of the industrys from the CIOB which share the innovative steps They will be interviewed promotional channels in
key thought leaders and features business leaders their companies are taking by senior CIOB figures, order to reach the widest
innovators will be sharing at the forefront of the to address these issues. including Trustees, possible audience.
their insights with construction industry, The inaugural series Members and Fellows and
CIOB members in a series of sharing their views and will feature leaders talking key staff.
filmed interviews to appear expertise. about the approaches The series will feature Look out for the first interview,
on the CIOB website . Speakers will address their companies are taking on the CIOB website and in November 2016.
Construction Leaders topics of interest and to attract, manage and showcased extensively To find out more email us
Insights is a new initiative concern to the sector and retain talent in the sector. utilising a range of at 53

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yorkshire membership

Winners celebrate & charity delighted FELLOWS
Congratulations to the

at CCISY annual awards following Members who

were elected to Fellowship
on the 13 September 2016

Nazeem Ansary, Ben Burley,

Muhammad Che Munaaim,
Kieran Danby, Hani El-Falahi,
Andrew Evans, Paul Gardener,
William Gill, Jacqueline Glass,
Rebecca Hartshorn, Russell
Haynes, Paul Hicks, Peter Holme,
Frederick Hopper, Heather
Jones, Richard Jordan, Adrian
Kelly, Paul Kennedy, Alan Leigh,
Charles Leigh-Dugmore, Loke
Mun Kit, Brigid McGuigan, Adrian
Winners at the Celebrating Construction in South Yorkshire Awards
Mairs ,Colin McLachlan, Andrew

Newman, Michael Peden, Heath
Representatives from housing in skills, to creating low carbon We were overwhelmed at the quality Powell, John Reid, Stephen
Reynolds, Mufutau Salako, Derek
providers and construction firms developments and being environmentally of the entries we received, and this year Shelley, Ronald Sutherland,
across South Yorkshire came together pro-active. a record number were submitted. The Richard Weir, Mark White, Ian
Whiting, Dennis Wilson, and
on 7 October to attend the Celebrating CIOB Sheffield & South Yorkshire Centre winners are all very deserving of their Stephen Wood.
Construction in South Yorkshire Awards. Chairman, Jonathan Took said: These awards and we look forward to seeing
On the 7 October 2016
awards celebrate the regions commitment them again next year and finding out
13 newly appointed
The awards, held at the Cutlers Hall, to building communities and highlight the more about their ongoing and future Fellows, 40 Members and
Sheffield, were endorsed by the CIOB. The broad spectrum of construction excellence programmes of work. their guests attended a
Recognition of Achievement
CCISY awards promoted a range of delivered by businesses working in the Hosted by Seth Bennett, the 12 Awards ceremony at the
different sectors essential to the delivery area. They demonstrate what can be winners were presented with their Clothworkers Hall in London.
CIOB Immediate Past
of innovative construction, from achieved through strong partnerships, a awards by representatives from the President Chris Chivers
empowering communities through clear vision and delivery through high category sponsors. FCIOB and CIOB Deputy Chief
corporate social responsibility and investing quality implementation. Winners are listed below. Executive Bridget Bartlett
officiated at the ceremony
and presented certificates to:

Award Sponsor Winner New Fellows: Vance Babbage,

Patrick Boyle, Dean Burgess,
Achiever of the Year Award J F Finnegan Hollie Warren Portland Training
Michael Figg, Henry Gilbert, Paul
Collaborative Working Award Polypipe Henry Boot Construction & Amey Johnson, Wynne Jones, Malcolm
Contractor of the Year Award Ambitemp Togel Contractors Ltd McDermott, Thomas McGee,
Michael Peden, Gerard Purcell,
Health & Safety Award Yorkshire Builders Federation Henry Boot Construction Ian Russell and George Watt
Innovation Award St Leger Homes Made in Sheffield
Social Value Award MRK Electric NPS Barnsley New Members: Jonathan
Abbott, Graeme Adams, Quentin
Sustainability Award Henry Boot Construction Carillion Civil Engineering Allen, Martin Arlett, Natalie
Team of the Year Award CITB Construction Skills Interserve Factory 2050 Team Batchelor, Samuel Boddington,
Anthony Bradbury, Derek Cross,
Training Award Linear Recruitment Togel Contractors Ltd
Darryl Culmer, John Dunk, Peter
Young Trainee of the Year Award Sheffield Hallam University Sophie Maclean Everlast Scaffolding Engstrom, Russell Fairhurst, John
Project of the Year Under 5M Award CIOB Yorkshire Coda Studios - Krynkl Findlay, Daryl Fisher, Alexander
Formin, Megan Forster, Andrew
Project of the Year Over 5M Award Soar Build J F Finnegan Westfield Health Headquarters Gallivan, Dan Green, Rachel
Greenwood, Scott Herbert,
William Johnston, Paul Jones,
Phillip McKinstry, David Marshall,
The chosen charity for CCISY Hospital Charity, said: The children on our wards. Over again next year on 13 October
Kristian Martin, Walterlan
this year was The Childrens support of the CIOB and the 18,000 has now been raised 2017 when the awards will also Mendanha, Mark Mills, Ryan
Hospital Charity and 2,400 Celebrating Construction in by the CCISY Awards over the celebrate their 10 year ODwyer-Heath, Eugene OGara,
Adesola Okunoren, Keith Payne,
was raised on the night to South Yorkshire Awards past eight years and we are so anniversary. William Peach, Lee Powell,

support its work at Sheffield ceremony guests means we can grateful for their continued The CCISY Awards are the Vipattz Ratnarajah, Jonathan
Ridd, Simon Rolfe, Carl Scholes,
Childrens Hospital. transform the hospital, with efforts and generous most prestigious event in the Antony Sheppard, Gary Smy and
David Vernon-Edwards, world class facilities to match contribution to our appeal. construction industrys social Roger Turner.
54 director of The Childrens the world class care received by The CCISY Awards will be held calendar in the region.

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opportunity news in brief

Influencers and leaders

> MCIOB BREAKS a total time of 12 to the chair of the
WORLD LONDON hours, 31 minutes South East Branch,
TO PARIS CYCLE and 26 seconds. Peter Smith, to
RECORD present the winners

needed for Trustee posts > SIMON WESTON

RW Wilmshurst, who
just pipped the 2015
winners Ashford
DINNER Borough Council
The East of England into second place,
branch held its with the famous and
Black Tie Dinner coveted KCKC trophy.
in September at St The Kent Fire and
Catherines College Rescue team came in
Cambridge where in a very respectable
Jonathan Parker, CIOB Falklands War hero third place.
member and barrister Simon Weston CBE
specialising in delighted guests > DEMOLITION IN
construction and EU with his off-the-cuff WORCESTER
procurement at talk, Q&A sessions Attendees at a recent
Chancery Lane firm, and hilarious speech. West Midlands event
Quigg Golden Simon also presented were in for a real treat
Solicitors recently set to Francis Shiner MD when the CIOB and
a world record for the of SDC a Recognition National Trust joined
fastest solo cycle ride of Achievement forces to provide
from London to Paris Award. an opportunity to
and raised over experience a live
11,500 for Cyclists > KARTING CUP demolition project
Fighting Cancer. CAREERS TO in the heart of
The charity was SUCCESS Worcester, followed
close to his heart by a presentation at
having lost both Greyfriars House on

parents to cancer demolition earlier in
The CIOB is inviting members to predecessors. A Trustee term is for three and because of work the century.
take their place as a leader in years and the role is about making tough the charity does for Speller Metcalfe
sick youngsters. Its hosted the event
construction and apply for a position and challenging decisions that not only Bayford Meadows in showing off its
fundraising helps
as a CIOB Trustee. benefit the CIOB but the wider to pay for bikes, Sittingbourne hosted site in Cathedral
If you are an MCIOB or FCIOB and want to construction sector. tandems and adapted the fourth Novus in Square, where an
trikes that aid Kent Kent exciting multi-million
help grow the influence on the big issues In June 2017, five Trustees will step Construction Karting pound demolition
recovery something
and drive forward the CIOB corporate plan, down and the CIOB is recruiting to fill Jonathan believe in Cup in September. and regeneration
then a Trustee position could be for you. these positions. Three of these vacancies following his own Contractors from all scheme will create
horrific accident a over the South East new restaurants
The CIOBs vision is for every member to will be elected to the Board of Trustees joined to compete and shops. The
decade ago when he
have a consistent and valuable experience through a ballot of members; the plunged three floors in the 90-minute group then walked
no matter where they are located, and to remaining Trustees will be selected by the through a roof and endurance race in to Greyfriars
broke all his limbs. twin engine karts. House, a National
support the industry with benchmark- Board. The application process begins on 2 The event was Trust property to
He biked the180
setting learning and knowledge through the November 2016 and closes on 13 January mile-route between oversubscribed with experience how
launch of a CIOB Academy. 2017. To find out more visit www.ciob. the two capitals, 16 karts on the track demolition in the
catching a five hour and 48 people racing. early part of the
The search is on for a new crop of org/trustees or ask Samantha Teague at As the night came century reshaped
ferry across the
strategic thinkers and influencers who can Channel which posted to a close it was left Worcester.
join the Board and carry on the work of their All enquiries are treated in confidence.

promoting construction


The CIOB, supported by careers to young people. jobs, training and the range of options open London, ExCel Skills
NOVUS members, will The shows provide apprenticeships and to them. The shows are London, 9-10 Dec
have a presence at two information, advice and hopefully discover open to the public and

of the largest skills and hands-on experiences their future careers. free to attend.
career events in the UK, that encourage and These events are a rare Visit the CIOB stand at:
later this year, to promote motivate young people opportunity for young irmingham, NEC World
professional construction to explore skills, people to learn about Skills UK, 17-19 Nov 55

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CIOB members in Ireland for February in Belfast. duration of the event and
are being offered the Run by Mullan Training will get the opportunity
chance to learn how this free, two-hour event to prepare a programme
Microsoft Project is aimed at contract using the software.
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construction projects in attendee will be allocated book email courses@
a new event scheduled a workstation for the

novus obituary

Novus Challenge 2016: young pros

fight it out in friendly competition
> Nine teams of students and young
professionals from across the UK
gathered in Bristol in September to
Respected academic and former Chair of CIOB
compete in the 2016 Novus Challenge;
Leeds & West Yorkshire Centre and the CIOB
all fighting for the title of Novus Accreditation panel, Dr Andrew Platten, was
Challenge Champions 2016. tragically killed in an accident involving a
collision with his bicycle and a car on Tuesday
19 July 2016.
The Novus challenge is run each year to help Andrew was Associate Dean in the Faculty
bring Novus members together from all of Arts Environment and Technology at
regions, allowing them to network and Beckett University. Dr. Platten was very
active in a number of business networks
exchange ideas whilst competing in a friendly regionally, including CIOB and as Chair of the
environment. Following their success in last Construction Knowledge Exchange (CKE)
years competition, the South West Novus He had previously worked in the
construction industry before embarking
group was the host for 2016s event. The on a career in academia. He had lectured
teams competing were; Scotland, West at Stafford University before joining Leeds
Midlands, Wales 1 & 2, CIAT, South West, East Beckett, where he was helping the university
to develop international links in countries like
of England, London and South East. up as many points as they could along Novus challenge teams Hong Kong and Mauritius. He also wrote more
Participants were welcomed to Bristol with the way. take to the canoes in than 45 academic papers in his field.
the first activity of Professor Peter Slee, vice chancellor at
a networking evening: a chance to size up the Despite the wet weather conditions the the day Leeds Beckett, paid tribute to Dr. Platten:
opposition and to receive a warm welcome to competition was fierce, with only 10 points Andrew was a very well respected senior
Bristol from Adam Crichton on behalf of the between the overall winners and the colleague at our University with a passion
South West Novus group. runners up. Congratulations go to winners, for higher education, teaching, research and
engagement with the construction industry.
Participants started the competition day Adam Crichton and Josh Huitson All of us at Leeds Beckett University are very
on the water, battling it out in a number of representing the South West, who took the saddened by his death.
canoeing activities before embarking on an title for the region for the second year Andrew was also a very keen,
accomplished and competitive cyclist outside
Urban Adventure Challenge, back on dry land. running. They were closely followed by of his work.
The canoeing challenge turned out to be Verity Kelly and James Haywood, the team Andrew championed innovation and was
quite a physical one for some competitors from the West Midlands, with Stacey Lewis a great networker who brought colleagues
together and always thought outside the
with a couple of teams finding their way into and Gemma Rees from team Wales 1 For any enquiries box, bringing so much to committee meetings
the water, some after only five minutes! For coming third. Thanks were given to Gold regarding Novus and events. He was a beloved father, brother,
the next part of their challenge teams, sponsor Bouygues UK for supporting the please contact partner and son.
The CIOB in Yorkshire are saddened and
equipped with only a map and activity book, event, along with Bronze sponsor, Sophie Cox, scox@ shocked by his death.
headed out on foot around Bristol, picking Constructing Excellence South West.



September saw the towards its 175th Paul Grover, of Arup and The launch was
launch of InterPro 175, anniversary in 2021. Mark Osborne, of Alec sponsored by industry
a lecture series from The first lectures were French Architects. The specialists ARUP.
built environment delivered by Paul event was chaired by
professionals including Sheppard of the IBI Ian Wray, trustee of Albert Dock has partnered

the CIOB, linked to the Group; Wendy Morgan, World Heritage UK, and with 14 built environment
regeneration of Albert heritage and hosted by Sue Grindrod, institutions to deliver this
Dock in Liverpool as the conservation officer for chief executive of professional development
Guest speakers at the first of the inter-
56 professional lecture series attraction heads Liverpool City Council, Albert Dock Liverpool. lecture series.

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lee mills

Lee Mills on how to build better health and safety
practice to create better business performance

hether you like it or not, health injuries which means you could start Training is also key. Its important to
and safety is a big part of to see a reduction in sickness absence, remember, that safety is no more the
business life, especially when witness better morale and, in turn, see absence of injuries than quality is the
working in such a high risk sector such as an increase in productivity. absence of complaints. Ensuring your
construction. workforce has the correct training for
But great health and safety Lead the way to changing habits the work theyre carrying out, helps to
management isnt just about staying Human beings are energy saving devices provide you with increased confidence
compliant and passing inspections it can (no-one ever shows you the long way to as a manager, whilst empowering your
help boost your profits too. do something). When you start a job, you employees to feel secure and put trust in
There is a proven positive correlation are trained to do it correctly and safely. In the process.
between a companys health and time you either learn or get shown by a There is a Swedish proverb: Luck never
safety performance and its financial helpful colleague, the shortcuts to save gives, it only lendsif you walk past a
performance. In the 1990s, a construction you time. Unfortunately, these short colleague working unsafely and say or do
company logged the financial cuts often arent safe, which means by nothing, whether you like it or not, you
carrying them out you can put at risk are encouraging that unsafe behaviour.
your own safety, the safety of the public, One day, that unsafe behaviour could
Observe colleagues behaviour and the safety of your colleageus and the cause your colleague to have a serious,
correct it. And ask otheres to do the business. life-changing injury. Have the courage

same and check your habits against How can you avoid this? One way is
to observe colleagues behaviour and
to stop and challenge (in a polite way)
unsafe behaviours you might just save
the safe procedure regularly and correct it. And ask others to do the same someones life.
correct any differences and check your habits against the safe
procedure regularly and correct any
differences. Since its your habit, you
performance of its construction sites wont see it, just like you dont know
against its health and safety performance that you chew noisily but your partner
and found that poor safety was a hates it!
pre-cursor to poor financial outcome. The caveat to this is that sometimes
If the safety performance of a site dipped amendments to working procedures are
consecutively, a financial audit of that safer, ensure these are captured too!
site was undertaken. Employee engagment is crucial. If your
Its easy to get lost among all employees are better engaged they are
the regulations and focus solely on more likely to follow process and less
compliance, failing to recognise how likely to cut corners. If more employees
great health and safety management can are engaged, then others are likely to
> Lee Mills is director of

actually benefit a business. By ensuring follow how often have you walked on health & safety services
that your site is a safe place to work, site and seen everyone wearing a hard at Citation
youll experience fewer work-related hat and wondered where yours is? 57

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> CBC status is achieved by some
truly diverse businesses. Here
we meet two companies working in
The business is also passionate about
education. Malone is a visiting guest lecturer
at Coventry University and the firm regularly
expert areas. delivers CPD talks for the CIOB, RICS and
CABE on dampness in historic buildings,
MALONE ASSOCIATES and building defect case studies. It also
I set up Malone Associates Ltd to be a very produces a popular building defect analysis
technical business with a strong focus blog at,
on building pathology, explains founder designed to boost knowledge of building
Joe Malone. The four years weve been defects, although it frequently leads to
in business have proven that there was a work for the firm.
gap in the market for this sort of technical The leading field of expertise for Malone
expertise. Associates is dampness in buildings. We
Malone Associates work is highly do a great deal of expert witness work and
specialised: it has expertise in floor screed survey work. We carry out detailed survey
failures and external wall insulation system work that identifies the cause of the damp
failures, among other things. The external and specifies works to cure rather than
wall insulation failure investigation work manage the dampness.
has really gathered momentum, says Malone says that CBC status is about
Malone. We are seeing a steady increase that additional stamp of professionalism.
in the number of investigations that we Clients quite often dont understand
are involved with. Its a relatively new area what the variety of chartered construction
of work and we have had to develop an professionals do and I feel that CBC status
investigation process specifically for these has a broad appeal to clients looking for a
failures. construction professional. CBC status has
There is no typical week and that is also added professional credibility to our
what makes the business so interesting. legal work. We work with a number of law
We recently we carried out a planned firms being a CBC raises the professional
preventative maintenance inspection profile whenever new law firms request a
for Rolls Royce; a structural survey on copy of the CV.
an old stone cottage in Leicestershire; a
number of expert witness reports relating JOHN BROWNING BUILDERS LTD
to construction disputes or to disputes The Browning Family has a long tradition
between landlord and tenant quite often of domestic construction ranging from new qualified in many areas of specialty such > www.malone
relating to mould and dampness within build, extension, renovation and restoration as structural carpentry, stone walling, lead
buildings; an investigation into sulphate work since Graham Browning established work and mathematical tiling. www.browningbuilders.
attack in a solid floor; and a number of the business in 1953. Now jointly run by Our clients have wide and individual
full building condition surveys. On top of John and Carmel Browning, both qualified requirements. We work closely with
the survey and technical diagnostic work building engineers, the firm is called in to a number of architects who produce
we have a number of projects currently diverse builds. Our portfolio ofwork does interesting and varied designs. They

underway, including project management vary quite a lot and does need specific encompass many new methods of building
of an external refurbishment on a 1960s skilled tradesmen for each individual and technology that modern sustainable
concrete block and the refurbishment of a project, says Carmel Browning. We are living demands. Building materials and
58 converted windmill. fortunate to have a team of tradesmen methods have become more complex

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Nicola Markall
Quality & Compliance
Manager, Carillion
Experts in their
Left Joe Malone
and far left a rare Q Tell us about your would rather work in.
timber framed
Crown Estate career to date? Construction is never dull and is
property that I started my career with a large often challenging but every day
Malone Associates
was commissioned multidisciplinary consultancy is different and thats what I like!
to ascertain how company in their structural
to convert the
building to modern
engineering department. I Q How do you find working
standards of thoroughly enjoyed my work life as a woman in
thermal comfort. and as part of my training I construction?
Below, a recent
project of John spent time on a construction I sometimes miss female
Browning Builders site supervising an earth conversation at work but I am
and bottom left
Carmel Browning
moving operation. On returning fortunate to work for a company
to the office I realised I needed that supports diversity in all its
a change as I wanted to work forms. I have always been
permanently on site. treated as one of the team and
That change was the start of shown respect by others. My
my career with Carillion. In contribution is valued so no
2001 I began work as a junior different to a man really! We all
site engineer on a hospital face challenges of some
project with some of my description.
happiest working memories
involving setting bolts! This Q Whats your most
experience, learning the embarrassing work
technical aspects of moment?
construction, enabled me to Oversized PPE. A small PPE
move into site management. I jacket is not small on someone
have worked on a variety of who is almost 5ft tall! Hi-Viz
projects including new builds, Jackets quite often come down
refurbishments and modular off to my knees and look like
site construction in a range of oversized trench coats!
sectors. I was proud to achieve
MCIOB in 2014. Q What are your career
At the beginning of this year I ambitions?
took on a regional role for I love working for Carillion. I am
Carillion and I am responsible involved in some fantastic
for leading quality and projects and work with great
compliance in building, across people. I have recently been
the Midlands and South West. promoted to a regional
management role and look
especially for new designs and working as as unique as each client.Theres no such Q Why did you choose a forward to developing this
a team with the designer and client is very thing as typical for us! career in construction? within the company.
rewarding.On occasion it is necessary to CBC status elevates us above the man What else would you have
marry the old and the new. This can provide and van image. Being a Chartered Builder done? Q When youre not at work
us with challenges but these are overcome has given us credibility a builder who I was interested in how things I like taking holidays and
by the knowledge and expertise, which we knows its field of expertise. went together. Even as a child I spending time with my family. I
CIOB Members

have available to us. It has benefited us directly by being would always enjoy practical have three young children so its
It also means that no two projects the first port of call for any architect, tasks more than anything else. not always relaxing!I also enjoy
are the same. We always learn from each engineer or client who wants a There is no other industry I spin classes and swimming.
project and in the process add to our professional service and knowledgeable
repertoire of knowledge. Each design is
builder. 59

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University of Birmingham
> Carillion

Student union
When Carillion built a new library for the University of
Birmingham it did more than just deliver a new building. It
engaged students and promoted the construction industry.

he new Library at the University of ustilise the project as a working example to
Birmingham was handed over by raise peoples interest in the construction
Carillion in time for the 2016 industry. It saw the build
academic year. The 45m library which has as a great advertisement for the industry.
capacity for over 2,500 students, gives The challenge of how we could attract
users a transformational experience and young people and the wider society to
aims to create a green heart to the campus, the construction sector was investigated
improving both access around the area and with a jointly produced stakeholder method
the setting of the historic buildings. statement, Carillions Community Needs
The new building is part of a 300m Plan, says Neil Rudge, Carillion community
Edgbaston campus regeneration which regeneration manager.
includes a new science block, hotel and We wanted to exploit every opportunity
conference centre, student halls and sports we could to enable people to become
centre with gym and 50-metre pool. involved. Even at the ground works stage
Throughout the build, Carillion and the of the project we erected a viewing
University worked in partnership to exploit platform on the South East corner of
all opportunities to raise awareness of the the site.
value of construction and engineering to We hosted visits for school pupils,
schoolchildren, students, the general public students and the general public. The Seeing the light
Associated Architects
and other key stakeholders. platform was used for the British Science designed the space
Festival, of which Carillion was a lead to maximise natural
light and views.
Setting an example sponsor. This, week -long national initiative Other materials
Carillion had a 110-week programme to was hosted by the University with the aim are aluminium and
deliver the library, which has a post- of attracting people into STEM subjects. zinc cladding. The
importance of the
tensioned reinforced concrete insitu frame, The platform was also used during the sites location is
mixed external envelope, incorporating Universitys Community Day, Open Days emphasised by
angled stone columns
an intelligent building management and the CITBs Open Doors events amongst with brick linings
system which controls the internal many other initiatives. Once the project orientated to the
environment of the Library. could accept visitors, Carillion ran over 50 landmark University
clock tower.
From the outset, Carillion wanted to tours of the site for students and local
Case study

The relationship involved giving lectures, career

advice, judging challenges, utilising the site for
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stakeholders. Through these initiatives Neil adds: The benefits of the
Carillion interacted with more than 5,000 development will be felt for years to come.
people, promoting the construction sector. Carillion worked closely with the supply
chain to drive local employment on the
Getting everyone involved scheme: over 50 people got into work or
Throughout construction, Carillion and the had their job secured through the scheme,
Universitys School of Civil Engineering with over 55% of the 2,100 people
worked together to give students the inducted onto the project being local. The FACT FILE
opportunity to enhance their studies by scheme has actively promoted health
working on a live project.The central pillar initiatives to improve the lives of those that  Replacement of
1950s building
of the relationship between Carillion and work with Carillion, sought feedback from
 nearly 40 miles
the Universitys Civil Engineering school our local stakeholders and promoted key
of shelving and
was the key stakeholders at the University events jointly with the University such as
400,000 books
the students. Students were actively Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender
 2.5 year, 42m
involved and got to enhance their studies (LGBT) history month to ensure we
on a live project, to see engineering and enhance the experience of those we
construction in action as the new library interact with on a daily basis.
 Offers a 50 per cent
took shape at the heart of the campus. This jointly-delivered approach has reduction in energy
The relationship with the Civil enhanced what is a world class University usage compared to the
Engineering School involved giving lectures facility, which will deliver social outcomes old library, contributing
to students; hosting a career advice that go beyond that of the student to helping the
evening; judging a number of curriculum- experience. The relationship between the university to achieve
based challenges; utilising the site for visits University, Carillion and the design team its 20 per cent CO2
for prospective students; and offering five has ensured that the image of the industry reduction by 2020.
work placements. has been enhanced and we have met the It has a BREEAM
There were further training and aim of raising awareness of the value of excellent rating.
development opportunities for the 50 construction.
apprentices who were employed on the Carillions latest project in Birmingham is
site, 10 work placements and targeted the 500m Paradise building - new
school interaction. headquarters for PwC.
Case study

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Project of the month
Magdalen College library, Oxford University

spaces, a passenger lift, staircases and

washing facilities.
The roof also underwent an extensive
refurbishment that was completed in
Cotswold Stone slates.

What was the biggest challenge?

Mainly it was the archaeology element.
Numerous artefacts were found and 100
bodies had to be dug out of the ground
before work could begin on the renovation.
This was done with the with the help of
Oxford Archaeology, and a report of the
findings will be published in the future.
Refurbishing an historic library at Oxford Universitys Magdalen College was a Other challenges were the high
delicate process. Mark Burgess, regional director at Stepnell talks to CM. groundwater and flood risk. Much of
Oxford is built on flood plains and is
Describe the project flooded regularly flooding, so
An extension and refurbishment to a preventative measures have been
Victorian Grade II-listed building designed employed to protect both the construction
by John Buckler and built as a single hall site and the redeveloped building from
school. In 1932, it was converted into a future water exposure and ensure that it
library for the Magdalen community can withstand any future disasters. A
supporting 200 students and 35 Fellows. number of mini wells were installed across
Student numbers have since tripled, the site to dewater the ground.
and the library no longer had the space
or capability to support modern-day What have you learned that you will
requirements. take to the next project?
I had a personal connection as Im an It reminds you of the quality that a college
Oxford man myself. I walked by the building like this demands and people
building thousands of times as a student dont always remember this. It just
and its a real landmark. The new design accommodates 120 Top: The library is an reinforced whats needed.
1850s-built Victorian
readers in various study settings as well
building which was
Vital statistics as additional meeting areas, storage and converted in 1932 Champagne moment?
The architect for the project was Wright & staff facilities. There is also space for Above: The new design For us as a company the champagne
Wright. The build was originally seen as 3,200 linear metres of books. The building now accommodates moment was the project being opened by
120 readers in various
one phase but we managed to convince is designed so that this area could be study settings Prince William.
that it would be better to carry it out in easily converted to seminar rooms, if the However, my personal champagne
three stages. The enabling package of balance of needs changes in the future. moment was the completion of the
400,000 got under way in September The basement of the existing Victorian new roof. I was so impressed when we
2013 and that was completed in March building was extended, creating three dropped the scaffold. I took my wife to
2014, then the remaining works, which storeys along with a new connecting one- dinner at Marcos restaurant over the road
were 6.5m, began in June 2014 and storey extension. We also built new library and made her stop and look and reminded
completed in March 2016. areas and study rooms, flexible working her that it was one of our buildings. CM

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