Elmwood House, Willesden, London NW10

Challenge: To deliver a consented scheme with serious build issues and tight funding timescales.

This project of 38 apartments was acquired with an undeliverable planning consent and significant design and build issues.

Shortly after our appointment, we recognised that the planning consent was impractical. As part of the due diligence process and our role as CDM-C, CAT and GPR scans undertaken revealed a major water main under the site.

With our expertise we ensured the re-design, re-submission and, negotiation of the scheme to meet the client’s funding deadlines. We also were required to steer and direct the architect to ensure compliance with HCA/GLA funding criteria. We also ensured room sizes complied and our in-house code assessors ensured that a cost effective approach to achieving code 3 was delivered.

Because of timescales we undertook an innovative procurement approach to secure a contractor before we obtained planning.
Through value engineering with the contractor, the project remained successfully under budget at both tender and final account stages.
Our project management skill ensured the re-design retained as many units as possible, and complied with the client’s funding ‘start on site’ target date.

Quick Facts

Client - Network Housing Group

Value - £4.67 million

Description - 38 affordable new build apartments

Roles and Responsibilities - Project manager, employer’s agent and CDM-C


John Murray