The Challenge:

The Fulmar is part of the Greenwich Peninsula Regeneration Scheme. This project consists of 3 residential blocks, making up 139 apartments, surrounding a central landscaped podium courtyard. Below the apartments situates a commercial unit, a car park and cycle storage.

This project was logistically challenging as the development is adjacent to the River Thames and landlocked between recently completed residential dwellings and two other building contractors. Compound space was not available and working space to the boundaries was minimal. Co-ordination of logistics, delivery movements and site personnel were paramount so as not to impact on our neighbours.

As this project was taken over by Kier following another contractor’s unfortunate insolvency the greatest challenge was to complete the project within the original timescale. Not only was the construction programme quite aggressive, but to hit the ground running from effectively a standing start created huge difficulties with regards design and procurement.

The Solution:

To have any chance of success we could not afford any slippage in procurement milestones. Working closely with our supply chain required placing orders significantly quicker than would normally be expected.

To mitigate the risk of delay it was imperative that we ensured close working relationships between design team, supply chain and client. The culture that we needed to promote was one of open and honest dialogue and full transparency. Any issues needed to be resolved quickly, in a collaborative manner.

The construction programme placed many demands on the front end to ‘win’ sufficient time for snagging and handover durations. Many temporary measures were undertaken to provide this certainty such as: temporary weathering to commence dry lining at the earliest stage; temporary heating and humidity control to provide the correct environment for timber floors etc.

The Impact:

At commencement of the project we constructed a full working mock-up of a typical apartment off-site. This enabled us to understand detailing and interfaces. This helped the client to understand the plot layout and make any final design, specification and finishes changes.

One apartment type from, social rent, shared ownership and private sale were constructed ahead of sequence to set the standard for all 139 apartments. All trades were shown the apartments as part of their induction process to understand the detailing and quality of finish that was to be achieved.

This was exemplified by two Considerate Constructor audits recognising Kier as performing beyond compliance. This has resulted in a nomination for the national CCS site awards. We were delighted with the feedback from our client at project completion praising us for best quality delivered on the Greenwich Peninsula to date.

" We are very pleased with Kier’s performance on this project, Kier have produced the best quality so far throughout the 645 units delivered on the Peninsular. We would have no hesitation recommending them for similar projects. "
Neil McGinty Director of Project Delivery Knight Dragon

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