Employer: WRW Construction Ltd

Project: Penrhyn Church in Wales VC school

An Ironman competitor in his spare time, Haydn Boyce found the multidisciplinary, long-haul nature of his pastime a good fit for constructing this new 120-place school on a greenfield site.

Despite joining WRW only a week before the construction phase began, Haydn immediately made some crucial decisions. He delayed the steel-frame erection by a fortnight so that the car park and access road could be completed to base course, giving a clean area to work off on poor ground during a winter build. He pulled the two weeks back by resequencing the roof works.

The early start on site access also allowed him to dispense with a forklift and driver. Delivery vehicles could mechanically offload, and Moffet trucks were used to move pallets directly onto the ground slab. He rigorously planned all deliveries and made the subcontractors responsible for their own offloading and distribution.

He simplified the five internal wall types to two, and eliminated wet trades from the internal works by changing the finish from skimmed plasterboard to tape and joint.

And when the air handling unit for the kitchen extract turned out to be too big to get through the door of the plant room, it was Haydn who found the solution. He oversized the louvre in the external wall of the plant room so the unit could be lifted into place from outside the room by a telehandler.

In an isolated location in the far west of Wales competing for a very limited labour pool with three other school projects on site at the same time, Haydn recruited and retained resource by ensuring subcontractors were called in only when there was a good run of work for them. He also created discrete standalone work packages so as to reduce each trade’s reliance on other subcontractors. For example, he took a perimeter drip flashing out of the roofer’s package and put it in the external wall insulation package, so the EWI subcontractor could complete without depending on the roofer returning to site first.