SILVER: New Build & Refurbishment between £3 - 5 Million
Name: Richard Anderson ICIOB
Employer: Midas Construction
Project: Little Harbour Children's Hospice, St Austell
Richard Anderson ably managed this high-profile project, a children’s hospice entirely funded by an appeal launched by a charity. The greenfield site itself had been donated by a local farmer and rarely a week went by without a journalist or photographer visiting the project. Richard’s tidy and well-presented site was the perfect presentation for the project’s elevated public profile.
Quietly authoritative, he proved a great ambassador for the scheme. His unfailing good humour, understanding and warmth impressed the charity’s key supporters. Engaged, responsive and solutions-driven with the design team, he achieved the good communication and close working relationships essential for a complicated build further constrained by a tight budget and challenging programme.
His contribution was exceptional. It extended to everything from providing the visitor viewing area for monitoring site progress, to laying a complimentary lawn for the neighbouring croquet club. He integrated into the project the regular visits and events promoted by the client’s fundraising team.
Because this was a charity-funded project, he value-engineered all construction elements while striving to maintain quality. This was particularly challenging given the complex finishes and unusual shapes and detailing of the building, which had one, two and three-storey areas topped by an observation tower. When the bulk excavation works generated more fill than anticipated for landscaping the site, he increased the levels while retaining the required site profile, eliminating the cost of removing 5,000 tonnes of subsoil.
He ensured quality and detailing targets were met by exerting a formidable level of continuous onsite supervision. And he reprogrammed with skill to accommodate the later than planned instruction of provisional sums for a £250k soft-play building and a £50k workshop.
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