Kier Wins Two Construction Manager of the Year Awards Using Powerproject
James Carpenter, Project Manager won the Gold Medal in the New Build & Refurbishment over £60 Million category
Delivering any £68m development requires careful planning – but the build that James Carpenter of Kier Construction’s major projects business drove at Five Pancras Square, near King’s Cross in London, definitely required extra care. This 14-storey mixed-use community, destined to house London Borough of Camden facilities and offices, required a re-think of the core building approach from the start. It also experienced some significant difficulties thanks to the collapse of subcontractors responsible for both the steel frame and the cladding. This was in addition to a very complex core requirement, which included a 10-storey atrium with a cantilevered central stairway, and basement facilities including two swimming pools and a gymnasium.
James was involved from the outset as construction manager, and then appointed project manager. He was awarded a Gold Medal at the Construction Manager of the Year Awards for his prowess not only in delivering the building itself, but because of his handling of the challenges it presented. He used Powerproject throughout to help him mitigate and reduce risks to the project, re-plan and re-sequence around some significant issues, and keep everyone informed and engaged.
“Having good software is key, especially when you’re on site. I’ve been with Kier since 2000, and we’ve always used Powerproject – it’s our standard.”
Stephen Brook, Project Manager won the Gold Medal in the New Build & Refurbishment £9–12 Million category
Kier Construction won the challenge of building Sainsbury’s new £10.2m Portishead store against stiff competition. It embraced a tight 22-week timeline and successfully delivered on contract with zero defects, strikes, environmental issues or RIDDORs – but it took a laser-like focus on planning.
Project Manager Stephen Brook’s commitment to planning excellence played a significant role in winning the contract against the client’s tier-one contractor. Then it was his fine project management and attention to detail which delivered on this exacting client’s requirements not only on time, on budget and with a clean sheet, but having managed significant changes and challenges and delivered extra value and innovation throughout. For these reasons he was awarded a Gold Medal in the Construction Manager of the Year Awards 2015.
Powerproject provided the core planning and project management platform for the contract.
“I used Powerproject either directly or to break activities down into individual plans and Gantt charts that clearly outline the day-by-day, or week-by-week, process on site.”
Kier Construction is part of the Kier Group, a leading property, residential, construction and services group which operates across a range of sectors including defence, education, housing, industrials, power, transport and utilities. The Group employs over 24,000 people worldwide.