Gerald Ward MCIOB
On a technically and logistically challenging project, Gerald Ward had to call on all his craft and experience to deliver success on this 15-storey tower. He prefabricated the M&E and built mock-ups for client approval on a grand scale. His quality fit-outs won glowing post-occupation ratings. And he beat the client’s original programme expectations despite receiving a late instruction to fit out the retail space on the bottom two floors.
About the Project
Mansbridge House, Battersea Exchange, London
Client: Taylor Wimpey
Contract: JCT D&B 2011
On a technically and logistically challenging project, Gerald Ward had to call on all his reserves of doggedness – along with a powerful awareness of the potential fickleness of events on a construction site – laid down over 25 years of construction experience to deliver success.
He prefabricated as much of the M&E as possible. And with the terracotta rainscreen cladding having presented a challenge in the previous phase of this Battersea Exchange project, Gerald contacted the German factory direct and early to ensure sufficient time for design, procurement and manufacture for his phase 2 project. With a 12-month lead-in required for a fabrication slot, he also won agreement to a rapid supply of terracotta tiles for a mock-up panel for client approval.
All seemed set for facade success until, nine months into the project, an entirely unexpected demand for impact tests on the terracotta delayed installation by three months. Gerald’s reprogramming of other elements of the facade and clawing back time from the scaffold dismantle were key to retrieving the lost programme.
He had quality mock-ups constructed for bespoke areas of brickwork, utility cupboards and bathroom/shower units, as well as a full benchmark apartment that proved equally useful for fine-tuning the main trades sequencing. The result was a series of quality apartment fit-outs that won glowing post-occupation ratings. And when a late instruction came through to fit out the retail space on the bottom two floors, Gerald still beat the client’s original programme expectations. By pivoting his programme dates and accelerating works, he even managed to negotiate an acceleration bonus for delivering the project early.