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Anthony Mitchell MCIOB

ISG Construction

Anthony achieved an all-but impossible but unshiftable completion deadline for a 14-storey student tower on a programme shrunk by months through design and budget difficulties. He was superb at keeping morale in the site team high enough to get results and winning buy-in from key trades. By calmly steering his team through, he recovered from seriously delayed programme positions. In doing so, he exceeded everyone’s expectations, delivered remarkably high standards and satisfied the client.

About the Project

LIV Student Sheffield

Client: Valeo

Contract: JCT D&B 2016

Value: £34m

On a student build focused on completion date, when hundreds of students will arrive to take up residence for the start of a new academic year, programme is all. Fortunately for this time-squeezed project to build a 486-bed residential tower, Anthony Mitchell took programming very seriously indeed. He created his own programmes for every single aspect of the build on site, including one for each of the 16 mast climbers on the job, detailing their entire site life from structural framing system to brickwork completion. His office was entirely wallpapered in programme printouts.

With the proposed programme shrunk by 12 weeks as the on-site start was delayed to make budgets conform, unforeseen design errors then added further time pressure. The additional labour needed to regain the natural works sequencing was not readily available, and Anthony found himself resetting the programmes for internal and externals alike many times over.

He was superb at keeping morale in the site team high enough to get results and getting buy-in from key trades. He beat back fears of impending project doom across the supply chain, convincing trade supervisors and directors that all was not lost and leaving them full of optimism and the desire to succeed.

Still almost four weeks behind with only 10 weeks to go, he promised the client that the building would open on time. Then, by means of long hours, split shifts and night working, he rallied the entire site team into delivering not just on time but with showstopping quality too. So close-run a thing was it that the lifts were commissioned just half an hour before end of play on the day before those hundreds of students were due to arrive.

In short, Anthony achieved what was very nearly an impossible deadline. By calmly steering his team through, he recovered from seriously delayed programme positions. In doing so, he exceeded everyone’s expectations, delivered remarkably high standards and satisfied the client.