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Steven Vaux

Morgan Sindall

Delivering three months ahead of schedule, on budget and scoring 10/10 for customer satisfaction, Steve Vaux pulled off this three-in-one scheme in some style. On a city-centre build taking up 95% of the site footprint, Steve cracked the logistics nut through hard work, robust planning and determined management. He brought flair and insight to the technical challenges that came from stacking two very different hotel brands on top of each other and building an apartment complex alongside.

About the Project

Residence Inn/Moxy Slough

Construction of two stacked hotels with adjoining 64-unit apartment block, completed in 87 weeks.

Clients: Slough Council, Slough Urban Regeneration, Cycas

Contract: JCT, design and build

Value: £48m

Delivering three months ahead of schedule, lockdown notwithstanding, on budget, and scoring 10/10 for customer satisfaction, Steve Vaux pulled off this three-in-one scheme in some style.

The build took up 95% of the site footprint, and was surrounded by one-way roads, bus lanes and a live residential block that shared an access road with the site. Steve cracked this particular logistics nut through hard work, robust planning and determined management. He kept the site’s two tower cranes, two hoists and 15 mast climbers constantly in action through an all-embracing zero-excuses booking system aligned with the delivery schedule.

In the later stages of the project, with fittings and furnishings coming in from Spain, China and all points in between, he funnelled them all into an off-site space where they were checked in and grouped on the basis of their installation position, before being distributed around the build.

Steve brought flair and insight to the technical challenges that came from stacking the two hotel brands on top of rather than next to each other. On the build’s lower four floors are the Moxy’s 152 bedrooms, while the top five floors hold the 92 suites of the Residence Inn; the apartment block is adjacent.

The bedroom types of both hotel brands differ substantially – the Moxy is targeted at overnighters and short-stays and so has smaller rooms than the Residence, which focuses on extended stays. Gaining build efficiencies from aligning the vertical service risers was a poser that Steve solved by grouping rooms together into zones and slightly enlarging the Moxy rooms to streamline the riser setout.