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JJ Rhatigan Building Contractors

Alistair MacPartlin

Positive, cooperative and proactive, Alistair MacPartlin ensured issues did not turn into major problems on this scheme to remodel an office block as a residential tower by adding six storeys of new steel to an existing concrete frame. He fostered honest and transparent dialogue, and provided solutions to client problems, taking a positive approach even in the direst of situations. Following completion of this scheme, the client has asked him to lead another project.

About the Project

No 26, Dingwall Road, Croydon

Client: HSBC Pension Trust

Contract: JCT D&B 2011

Value: £36m

The inflating of issues into major problems can cause serious relationship damage on a large project. That this didn’t happen on this scheme to turn a 16-storey office block into a 22-storey residential tower is a tribute to Alistair MacPartlin’s strong leadership and determined collaborative approach. His success is particularly marked given the cloud of stakeholders, with the client’s fund manager and the end-user also heavily involved in the decision-making process.

When the facade subcontractor was forced into administration before completion, Alistair successfully leveraged the relationship he had built with the company’s owner. Rising above the failure of the business, the owner helped secure replacement contractors to complete the works and provided a list of suppliers used and lists of materials outstanding.

Alistair’s use of BIM clash detection ensured issues were identified and design alterations made before steel manufacture or installation. Openings through steel beams to avoid structure and M&E clashes were carried out in the factory and not on site, reducing the safety, commercial and programme risk.

In a construction period where the Grenfell Tower fire had such consequences for residential high-rises, he safely managed the enhanced fire protection requirements for the facade. He also successfully managed the high technical complexity presented by adding six storeys of new steel to an irregular 1960s-built concrete frame.

He offered the client reassurance on risk-minimising the facade by getting a second – and then a third – fire engineer to peer-review the initial fire strategy. He had every fire-stopping detail photographed and recorded under the observation of three fire consultants, including building control.

Open and engaging, Alistair fostered honest and transparent dialogue in formal meetings and informally. He ensured the client played a part in quality review and sign-off, and provided solutions to client problems, taking a positive approach even in the direst of situations. Following completion of this project, he has been requested as project manager on another of the client’s projects.