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Andy Barlow

Skanska

Andy Barlow was promoted to project lead for phase two of this part-refurbishment and part-new build of a special needs facility. He managed and maintained progress on a challenging scheme with an adjacent listed building and live school, and a very restricted site. His efficient resequencing pulled back time lost to the discovery of asbestos in the ground and the lockdown. And his quality focus impressed with the client and exceeded user expectations.

About the Project

Kingsweston SEN School, Bristol

Part-refurbishment and part-new build of special needs facility, completed in 43 weeks.

Client: Bristol LEP

Contract: Design and build

Value: £3.3m

The visiting MEP manager in phase one of this project, Andy Barlow stepped out of his comfort zone for phase two after the project lead left the company.

Early on, he had to deal with two curveballs. The first, the discovery of asbestos in the ground delayed the project by two weeks. Andy’s able resequencing took care of that. The second, the lockdown, came just after the project had started up again and undoubtedly made that former comfort zone look very inviting indeed. Yet he coped well, efficiently resequencing to claw most of the lost time back.

With the project coming out of the ground, Andy again proved his worth. He managed and maintained progress on a challenging scheme with an adjacent listed building and live school, and a very restricted site.

When the bespoke rooflight installation threatened to turn sour, with heavy condensation appearing on the inner leaf, he reviewed the design with the manufacturer and roofer. Identifying a small potential for cold bridging that had been aggravated when heating was introduced into the space, he had the insulation material removed and reinstalled, remedying the problem.

The client was impressed with the quality. The build had no significant snags at handover, while the user expectations have undoubtedly been exceeded. It seems that Andy didn’t so much leave his comfort zone as extend it significantly.