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Ian Rainbow MCIOB

BAM Construct UK

Ian’s commitment to getting the client the best bang for its buck repeatedly delivered programme and cost benefits while locking in high-quality installation and finish. He replaced the over-engineered timber cladding with a more cost-effective alternative. And he aligned the M&E with construction progress to save four weeks and permit a softer user landing. His performance here was pivotal in the client appointing the contractor to its newly formed sole-supplier construction team for the next five years.

About the Project

Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, Sheffield

Client: Sheffield Hallam University

Contract: JCT D&B

Value: £14m

Ian Rainbow demonstrated the art of how to get the very best out of the project budget for the client on this six-storey research centre. His construction and product innovation won admiration and was pivotal in the contractor’s appointment to the client’s newly formed sole-supplier construction team for the next five years and beyond, with Ian in charge.

On this project, Ian quickly concluded that the timber cladding system specified for the facade was expensive and over-engineered. He convinced the client and the architect by arranging multiple visits to a recently completed project where a more cost-effective system with an identical aesthetic had been installed.

It was a similar story with the roof terrace on a two-storey block at the side of the main build. Ian pointed out that reducing the loading on the roof terrace (the original extensive planting included trees and heavy benching) would allow the roof’s steel support beams to be downsized and the ceiling height in the research space below maximised. By cutting back on the planting and expanding the wildflower and sedum sections, he delivered greater biodiversity while expanding valuable internal space.

His detailed interrogation of the programme ensured efficiency for the client team and cost reduction. By carefully co-ordinating works with a neighbouring project for the client that he was also managing at the time, he was able to fully resource both schemes without having to pay a premium.

Thanks to an early redesign of the M&E containment runs, he was able to install and commission services floor by floor, in line with building construction. The four weeks this saved on programme were transferred to the final desnagging and user training phase, to make the handover of the building as painless as possible. With zero snags at handover, limited defects in the first 12 months and no additional user training required by the client team, Ian’s soft landing strategy was highly successful.