Southside Glasgow, Glasgow (c300 units)
Iain lead a technical team to deliver approval to construct a road over 2Nr existing 600mm diameter cast-iron water mains running through the site in question. These mains were laid in early 20th Century and were liable to fracture if undue pressure was applied. The water mains supplied the city of Glasgow as a whole and if fractured would have had catastrophic consequences in terms of flooding. The project viability was predicated on the ability to construct a road on top of these water mains. Following extensive collaboration with Scottish Water, including working with the Chief Operating Officer, approval was gained to construct the roads using an imported lightweight granular fill, which was imported from Scandanavia, whilst monitoring any movement of the mains during construction by utilising specialist monitoring equipment. The success of agreeing and implementing a bespoke technical solution, whilst working in collaboration with Scottish Water, enabled the project and the development to remain viable and realisable.
Glasgow East (Private & Affordable) new housing regeneration project - c.800 units.
Iain oversaw the reconciliation of a major urban regeneration project in the East End of Glasgow featuring a complete reworking of cost valuation and the braking down into multiple developmental phases. A ‘Whole Site Infrastructure’ account was created with whole site costs split from phase costs. Whole Site Costs were then allocated over all the individual phases. Overhead costs were also split into the developmental phases and managed over the duration of the project. The success of the reconciliation resulted in greater control of build costs and forecasting of margin-projections over the lifespan of the development.
Flatted Development, Edinburgh (150units)
A timber-frame, flatted development in Edinburgh was almost completely destroyed due to fire. One stairwell was saved however all other flats under construction were demolished with the concrete podium slab severely damaged. Following Iain’s guidance, the business reviewed the procurement strategy to manage the considerable cost and design risks associated with recommencing the build following the fire. On Iain’s advisement a PQS was appointed who subsequently managed the appointment of a main contractor in lieu of managing the supply chain directly. The contract was awarded on a fixed price basis, mitigating all the risks associated with carrying out the extensive remedial works required. The project was successfully completed on programme and within budget, minimising the extensive cost risks to the business.
Housing Project, Glasgow (120 units)
A housing regeneration project was unviable due to poor ground conditions and extensive foundation and remediation costs. Following engagement with a specialist ground remediation contractor, Iain was instrumental in finding a solution to excavate clean material which was located at depth – the material was then treated with lime to stabilise it, improving its structural bearing capacity before burying the contaminated material at depth. This resulted in extensive savings by avoiding the removal of the heavily contaminated material offsite whilst critically saving in foundation piling costs. As a result, of the extensive Value Engineering exercise, the project became financially viable and could be ultimately delivered at maximum profit.
Comprehensive Land, Technical & Commercial Process and Procedure Review
At the behest of the board of a significant PLC house builder, Iain performed a re-review of all processes and procedures associated with their established land, commercial and technical disciplines. The result of these procedures were successfully implemented, enabling better staff induction, better planning of land bids and site-starts, and effective communication amongst all departments. It also enabled greater efficiency and quality control of key stages which benefited both site sales and the businesses supply-chain.