Client - European Owned Specialist Unitized Sub Contractor

Main Contractor - Skanska UK Plc, national turnover £1.4 bn, principle contractor

Location - 100 Cheapside London

Material - Glazed Bespoke Unitized Curtain Wall System with external carrier system to support cut to size secrete fixed Portland Stone panels. Bespoke Louvre screen system with steel strong back system to roof level plant room area. Hand set Portland stone panels and reinstatement of original stone features. Schuco ADS HD swing doors sets. 2 no sets Boon Edam Crystal Tourniket glass revolving doors and automatic side pass doors


Assignment Details

  • Our role included the overall Project Management of all aspects of the external façade package
  • Setting up bi-weekly design and project progress meetings to ensure queries were target and resolved
  • Communication with supply chain partners
  • Close communication with Portland stone supplier to ensure accurate and timely deliveries of material to European manufacturing facility
  • Monitoring European manufacturing facility as frame production progressed
  • Negotiating the procurement of all sub contract packages
  • Close communication and reporting to Skanska to maintain and develop client relationship

Project Challenges

  • Our involvement in the project commenced at the point the project was secured, therefore we were involved in the design development throughout the life of the project. This allowed us to control the design in terms of tender allowances, cost and buildability
  • We set up bi-weekly meetings with the design team to ensure all outstanding design queries we highlighted and concluded quickly
  • We also set up bi-weekly project progress meetings ensuring all parties were aware of any ongoing issues so again these could be discussed and resolved
  • We kept in constant communication with, and made regularly visited to, the Portland stone supplier to ensure there were producing the bespoke cut and drilled stones to the correct specification and to programme
  • We undertook regular visits to the European manufacturing facility to inspect quality and to monitor frame manufacture to ensure this was in line with the site programme requirements
  • We undertook detailed programme meetings with our site team to discuss and agree site progress and delivery requirements
  • In close communication with the main contractor we discussed and agreed the offloading and distribution of the prefabricated unitised frames, some of which complete with Portland Stone weighted up you 1.5 tons
  • We carefully selected sub-contractors, negotiated and agreed packages with them, then kept in close communication to ensure quality and their timely delivery to site
  • We monitored and check surveyed the construction of the steel frame and concrete slabs and highlighted any issue to the Main Contractor so that our site installation was not hampered
  • We closely monitored our installation programme and highlighted delays or changes as they occurred

Project Results

  • The specialised bespoke nature of the design and material supply created its own challenges along the way. However the onsite team of skilled managers and installers worked hard to overcome these
  • The design development process proved to be a challenge to maintain the Architects design intent hand in hand with our clients tender allowances
  • Despite these we believed that we have been part of the team to deliver a stunning building in a very prestigious part of the London business district
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