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Simon Whittingham

Simon brought this police station project in successfully by putting at its heart collaboration with clients, designers, consultants and the supply chain. He backed it up with organisation, positivity, social value, quality and respect. His skilful planning included completing the in-situ concrete frame early by using two tower cranes simultaneously. He remediated much of the site spoil to avoid landfill movements, cut costs and create a natural ram raid barrier by forming security bunds around the building.

About the Project

Exeter Police Station

Client: Devon and Cornwall Police

Contract: JCT D&B

Value: £26m

Simon Whittingham has a gift for leadership and motivating his team, and sees talent in everyone. Having started out as a bricklayer, he makes time for all who work with him, and knew many of the hundreds of operatives on this new-build police station by name.

When the key works element, an £8m M&E package, started showing signs of slippage, he leveraged his relationship skills. His meeting with the subcontractor’s director resulted in an immediate strengthening of the M&E team on site, which, backed up by long days and weekend working, achieved the deadline.

He takes a powerfully personal approach. It was typified on this project by involving his staff team with running workshops in Exeter prison to help inmates develop CV writing skills, and offering labouring and mentoring opportunities on the project site to promote construction as a new pathway. He even employed two ex-offenders on the project to help change their life.

On this scheme Simon’s planning skills were clearly in evidence. He completed the in-situ concrete frame early by simultaneously deploying two tower cranes on shorter hire periods. He also remediated a great deal of site spoil to avoid trucking tonnes of soil to landfill. It cut costs and allowed the formation of security bunds around the building, creating a natural ram raid barrier as well as more interesting landscaping.

This scheme epitomises how Simon brings projects in successfully. At the heart is collaboration with clients, designers, consultants and the supply chain, backed up by organisation, positivity, social value, quality and respect.