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Tomasz Magiera MCIOB

WRW Construction LTD

Overcoming the fierce logistics of a complicated build with exacting tolerances and a challenging delivery programme, Tomasz Magiera proved himself a well-organised and accomplished construction manager on this four-storey copper-clad apartment block. His problem solving and attention to detail were impressive, as was his mastery of the uncompromising site access. He built the project on top of a multistorey car park and from within its scant 2.1m headroom.

About the Project

Copper Building, Lakeshore, Bristol

Client: Urban Splash

Contract: JCT D&B

Value: £16m

Nothing fires Tomasz Magiera up like a challenge. Which is just as well, as few challenges could be more imposing than the logistics for this four-storey copper-clad block.

With the building to be constructed on top of an existing multistorey car park that would continue to be used by residents of the neighbouring block, cranes were the only access option for installing the 170m-long facades. But siting, erecting and ultimately dismantling those cranes required ruthlessly rigorous planning. The main tower crane had to be brought in through the existing car park, with its 2.1m height restriction and shared access with hundreds of residents, and erected by a 200-tonne mobile crane positioned in an existing communal garden and lifting the tower’s components over the heads of residents just 20 metres away from the works.

And once the multiple cranes were up and the concrete frame installation began, Tomasz, unable to use mast climbers to distribute the large glazing panes, copper panels and precast elements, had to put up scaffolding instead despite only one area of the 170m-long building being suitable for the loading base.

In terms of management achievement, it all puts the actual construction works in the shade. Overcoming the fierce logistics of this complicated build, Tomasz proved himself a well-organised and accomplished construction manager.