Project health check on regeneration of iconic visitor attraction

At a glance

Project: Major regeneration of iconic visitor attraction
Client: Globally recognised contractor
Sector(s): Visitor attraction/Leisure/Cultural/Environmental
Service(s) delivered:
  • Project health check of technical and methodology coordination
  • Specialist project management review: Identifying observations and recommendations for project team implementation
  • Construction expertise: Detailed programme and progress review including appraisal of procurement and design management
Location: Central London
Construction contract value: £6.5m
Contract duration: 50 weeks
Cube Construction Consultants_ Project Health Check

In brief...

Our construction contractor client won a competitive tender and was given the opportunity to deliver a one-of-a-kind, regeneration project of a Grade II* listed building in London.

The project, the complete regeneration of the popular visitor attraction, described as “a landmark of historic, cultural and architectural significance”, is set to be one of the most globally innovative architectural structures recognised since its original construction.

Having established their capability to deliver the project, our client wanted to ensure that project delivery was progressing as planned. After supporting them with the successful tender submission, Cube Construction Consultants was asked to deliver a project health check, as a touch point to provide an independent review of progress, coordination, process implementation and supply chain management.

Cube once again slotted into our team seamlessly at a vital stage in the build process to provide an objective assessment for effective project delivery. Their alternative perspective and professionalism were much appreciated in focusing the core delivery team and implementing best practice across all elements of this major regeneration programme
Construction Project Director

It’s about what could be better

Following a successful start, they wanted an independent review of the project to date. It’s always about what could be better, so Cube focus on the reality of programme progress, procurement status, client relationships, design development and supply chain management.

With an inherent knowledge of the project, having contributed to the technical coordination within the tender submission, not only did Cube have the right experience to fit in with their project team, we also had an understanding of the complexity of the build, the project challenges and best practice deliverables identified within the bid document.

This insight into key project milestones set the base line for the project health check, a necessity given the incredibly unique nature of the building.

Our focus and independent perspective gave the divisional director and project leadership team an objective appraisal of performance indicators. These observations were turned into practical recommendations to positively impact the project completion.

Proactive planning, procurement, design management, quality…It’s all in the review

It was essential for our client to be better able to review the practicalities of their project   processes. How do they facilitate the deliverables and client needs? Is the process being   implemented to accurately report and monitor the project status? What does live documentation tell us about any new project priorities?

Working with their project team we evaluated all contributing project documentation to establish the baseline of Health and Safety performance, design development, programme, procurement, and supply chain engagement. This information then provided the opportunity to consider next actions.

In this particular case, design development had drained resources and delayed formal procurement, so the programme critical path was adjusted to reflect the actual procurement status and amend the build sequence to minimise delays and accommodate the outstanding design development periods.

Contributing construction expertise

Drawing on Mark’s extensive construction delivery background and expertise, our project health check helped provide a clear path of recommendations based on the live project status.

Challenging team relationships and supply chain complications only serve to narrow objective planning on the project, so our independent approach provides complete visibility of the whole project and offers best practice options for the team to implement.

By working with Cube, the client has:

  • Received a completely independent project report
  • Created the environment for senior managers and project team leaders to honestly appraise a live project and forward plan
  • Focused the project team into considering best value solutions
  • Highlighted best practice in terms of buildability, methodology and programme by taking a wider perspective
  • Proactively identified areas for concern and adjusted plans accordingly
  • Re-set the project priorities
Having provided input at the bid stage for this particular project, we were pleased to be asked for our objective view of this very unique scheme by delivering a project health check. Focus on exploring the reality of project progress and then presenting strategic options to safeguard the successful completion of the project being the main objective. We look forward to the reaction from visitors once complete.
Mark Johnston, Cube Director & Construction Consultant

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