Construction Manager of the Year Awards 2019 - Healthcare

20 September 2019

GOLD: Matt Davis MCIOB, project manager, Kier Construction

The Greenwood Centre

Project: The Greenwood Centre, Kentish Town
Scope: Construction of 3,600 sq m adult social care centre
Programme: 99 weeks
Client: London Borough of Camden
Contract: JCT 2011 D&B, with amendments
Value: £17m

Matt Davis was working on his first concrete frame and his first basement construction with this three-storey social care centre.

He made the project deliverable by taking £1.5m out of the over-budget cost plan. A planned hydrotherapy pool in the basement was scrapped, reducing the basement size and taking £1m out of the build costs, while removing a major risk to party walls and existing buildings. Extending one of the lifts into the reduced basement allowed him to remove one lift altogether.

Following longer than expected groundworks, which delayed the basement, Davis began the internal fit of the social care centre’s other wing earlier, allowing more time for the basement. This move prevented the programme slipping back five weeks.

Throughout, he had to work within a footprint so tight the bricks were double- and even triple-handled due to lack of laydown space. Daily co-ordination meetings, online delivery booking and careful allocation of tower crane and hoist time got the project through, on time as well as on budget.

SILVER: Jonathan Cottrell MCIOB, project lead, Skanska

Intensive Care Unit, Walsall Manor Hospital

Project: Intensive Care Unit, Walsall Manor Hospital, West Midlands
Scope: Construction of 18-bed critical care unit
Programme: 88 weeks
Client: Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust
Contract: D&B
Value: £7m

Jonathan Cottrell project-managed this 18-bed critical care unit, part of a larger PFI contract, next to the hospital’s A&E department.

The 700 sq m refurbishment combined with a 500 sq m new-build had a lengthy list of stakeholders – ward manager, the nursing team, microbiologists, the infection control team – who had to be consulted during design development and construction delivery. Cottrell coordinated the design through workshops and used BIM to detect potential service clashes.

Other finalists

Nadeem Chaudhry, Kier Construction, Emergency Assessment Centre, Wexham Park Hospital, Slough
Damon Cutler MCIOB, Wates Construction, The Quadram Institute, Norwich
Jamie Jackson, Vinci Construction, Phase 8 Development, Burnley General Teaching Hospital
Matthew Littlewood MCIOB, Willmott Dixon Construction, Sterile Services Department, Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen Hospital
Daniel Marsh MCIOB, BAM Construct UK, The Intra-operative MRI/Hybrid Cardiac Theatre (MRIHCT), Leeds General Infirmary

His value engineering included replacing external access to the new plant room with internal access via the existing plant room. He also optimised the thermal envelope and M&E plant to reduce energy demand.

He avoided disrupting the hospital’s day-to-day activities by implementing noise, dust and vibration controls, and regularly liaising with the stakeholders. And he laid down a strict inspection and sign-off regime for all finishes and services, with built-in hold points and the use of tablets to record inspections.

Cottrell’s careful planning ensured successful integration of the delivery, installation and commissioning of the specialist medical equipment.

Category presented by Caroline Gumble, CIOB chief executive

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