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Daniel Miller

Wates Construction

Dan Miller’s management skill, professionalism and expertise delivered this scheme on time and on budget. He communicated the challenges to the delivery team, the client and the tenant, alleviating fears, offering a guide through the build process and solving the issues that arose. With the client negotiating a further £60m project with Dan, and the tenant awarding a £35m fit-out on the back of his performance, there is little doubt about the degree of delight in the outcome.

About the Project

7&8 Wellington Place, Leeds

Client: MEPC

Contract: JCT D&B 2011

Value: £86m

Success breeds success. Coming to the end of an acclaimed project for the same client on the same business park development, Dan Miller was appointed to this eight-storey scheme, the city’s biggest office block and significantly larger than any he had previously led.

Having supported the client in its negotiations with a major tenant for the now pre-let building, Dan made sure from day one to keep the tenant involved in all aspects of the build. He briefed on design progress and gave the tenant design team the opportunity to present their fit-out concept and make the necessary changes to the shell and core in time to prevent abortive work. The substantial variations included taking the three atriums all the way down to ground level.

Completion date was crucial for the tenant as its current building leases would expire then. Dan accordingly derisked the programme through methodical planning and extensive use of off-site fabrication and installation. He had balustrades pre-installed in the precast flights of stairs, intumescent paint applied off site to the perimeter steel, and much of the M&E services factory-assembled as modules.

He freed up crane hook time for the huge quantities of materials required by the build through a range of measures. He persuaded the subcontractor constructing the slipform cores to buy a placing boom to pump in the concrete. He added mobile cranes to supply the steel frame and composite metal-deck floors. And he introduced monorail hoists for all the mast climbers so the facade glazing could be installed without the tower crane.

The challenging design and procurement programme he set his team ensured the lead time needed for product design, manufacture and installation, and for early sample sign-off. He split some of the major works packages to ensure the supply chain could deliver and to create a back-up option should one subcontractor fail or go into liquidation. He aligned the target construction programme with the design and procurement, moving all time risk allowance to the end of the project. The building was practically complete four weeks before handover, giving ample time to complete services commissioning and carry out snagging and cleaning.

Dan’s management skill, professionalism and expertise delivered this massive office block on time and on budget. With the client negotiating a further £60m project with Dan, and the tenant placing a £35m fit-out scheme with the contractor, there is little doubt about the degree of delight in the outcome. Key to his success was an ability to communicate the challenges of the project to his delivery team, the client and the tenant, alleviating fears, offering a guide through the build process and solving the issues encountered on site.