Portfolio

Examples of some of the projects in which our consultants have been
involved are outlined in this section

Project Services

Invalid Termination and Proper Valuation

Overview

A UK building contractor was removed from site and its construction contract terminated by the client.

Brief

In the first instance the contractor appointed QUALSURV and requested an adjudication on wrongful termination of the contract.

The contractor, our client, then required to seek payment for the work completed up to the point of removal. This would involve maturing the account to arrive at an accurate valuation of the work.

Project

QUALSURV Consulting’s adjudicator found in the contractor’s favour, awarding payment of £120 000 (against a proposed £200 000). However, no payment was received. A summary judgement was therefore requested, which again found in the contractor’s favour, awarding payment plus costs.

At this point, the contractor received notification of an upcoming adjudication from its client for repudiatory breach of contract and seeking £900 000 in damages. Despite best efforts, we were not able to stop the adjudication. However, the contractor was not found to be in repudiatory breach of contract, ensuring that the summary judgement still stood.

This project allowed QUALSURV Consulting to deploy a range of skills and ensured that our client had a positive outcome.

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Contractual Advice and Claims Management

Overview

Our client contracted work on a PFI funded project to construct a radiology facility at a hospital. The total project was budgeted to cost £7 million. It was scheduled to take 62 weeks to complete and was completed on time.

Throughout the life of the project, over 500 variations and changes to the original specification were made. The contractor estimated these to cost an additional £3 million. Our client held that there was no entitlement.

Brief

Our client commissioned us to examine both sides of the argument and determine an accurate figure to be paid if required.

Project

Over a period of 6 months, QUALSURV’s consultants examined all the principal contractual papers and the alleged changes. The conclusion was reached that the contractor was entitled to £75 000.

Over the following 6 months, negotiations took place between QUALSURV’s consultants, our client and the contractor. At the end of these discussions, our client agreed to pay £200 000 to the contractor. The project was seen as a good result for our client.

Our work had successfully avoided the need for adjudication, a process that could have resulted in our client having to pay a great deal more than £200 000.

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Rationalisation of Management Systems

Overview

A national contractor to the property industry had grown both organically and through acquisition. At the point when QUALSURV Consulting was commissioned, the company had 12 branches nationwide, each operating its own management systems. Consequently, there was little or no coherence or understanding between the various branch systems.

Brief

QUALSURV Consulting was commissioned to standardise the company’s management systems and create a streamlined and workable set of processes. The aim was to create a system that would be high on use and low on procedure and that would ultimately bring cost-savings and enhanced company branding.

Project

Following an extended consultation process involving site visits and client discussions, QUALSURV’s consultants created a comprehensive company manual. The process found over 600 separate processes and refined this to just 150. The manual, which is available on the company’s intranet, enables staff to carry out their tasks more efficiently and effectively. To ensure that the manual remains useful and current, feedback forms allow staff to suggest potential revisions.

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Pre-Contract Advice

Overview

QUALSURV’s client, a national contractor, tendered for work as a major sub-contractor on a large NEC3 cost reimbursable construction project. The total cost of the project was in the region of £100 million.

Brief

The client commissioned QUALSURV to review the contractor’s terms and conditions to determine the potential risks before agreeing to undertake the work.

Project

The work undertaken by QUALSURV highlighted to the client potential risks. This enabled the client to review and agree contract conditions with the contractor. This in turn ensured that the project was delivered with all risks being managed and/or avoided, which ultimately ensured efficient and effective completion.

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Environment Services

Asbestos Demolition Survey

Overview

Large Industrial Unit site, Pudsey, Leeds.

Project

The site above was a former Textiles Manufacturing establishment located on a 14 acre plot consisting of several manufacturing floor areas, multi storey offices, and storage and distribution facilities. All buildings were to be demolished and basement voids filled to provide a flat brown field site for housing development. The site had been un-occupied for several years and had suffered from extensive vandal damage.

QUALSURV Involvement

QUALSURV Environmental Solutions were commissioned by the appointed Administrators and Receivers to undertake an Asbestos Demolition Survey (formerly a Type 3 Survey) and project management of the Asbestos removal process including air monitoring and 4 stage clearance work activity. The value of Asbestos materials removed was in excess of £325,000.00.

Asbestos Management & Refurbishment / Demolition Survey

Overview

International Power Distribution business - Staffordshire.

Project

The client above required a combination of Asbestos Management Surveys and Refurbishment / Demolition Surveys at their main offices in Staffordshire. The site was undergoing a transformation of use and a major alternation and refurbishment work planned.

QUALSURV Involvement

QUALSURV Environmental Solutions were commissioned by the Client appointed project manager to undertake an Asbestos Management Survey (formerly a Type 2 survey) to specific office buildings and Refurbishment / Demolition Survey (formerly Type 3 Survey) to the original manufacturing plant buildings, including basement areas and storage facilities. Subsequently QUALSURV Environmental Solutions were commissioned to Project management the removal of Asbestos materials found including re-assurance air monitoring and 4 stage clearance works.

Asbestos Management or Refurbishment Survey

Overview

Local Authorities in the Yorkshire and Humberside regions.

Project

Carry out Management Surveys or Refurbishment Surveys within domestic properties and communal areas owned by Local authorities as part of their refurbishment programme. Properties could be either occupied by tenants or void. A flexible approach, whilst working with general public is paramount to successful delivery of survey reporting and guidance.

QUALSURV Involvement

QUALSURV Environmental Solutions were commissioned by several Local Authorises to undertake an Asbestos Management Survey (formerly a Type 2 survey) to tenanted properties or Refurbishment / Demolition Survey (formerly a Type 2 Survey) to void properties. QUALSURV Environmental Solutions also undertook bulk sampling where required.

Asbestos Management & or Refurbishment Demolition Survey

Overview

National support for high Street Frozen Food Retailer.

Project

Carry out Management Surveys or Refurbishment / Demolition Surveys within High Street Retail premises as part of their ongoing asset management programme.

QUALSURV Involvement

QUALSURV Environmental Solutions were commissioned by leading Frozen Foods Retailer to undertake asbestos Management Surveys (formerly a Type 2 survey) and Refurbishment / Demolition Surveys (formerly a Type 3 Survey). The number of surveys recently carried out throughout the UK was c.420.

Commercial Contract Specialists

Caen Road – Swindon

Project

The works involved the construction of 1200m of new road on an embankment, a canal crossing structure, two culverts, a wildlife corridor and a cycle bridge. The contractor was also required to manage the interface and connections of the new road and utility infrastructure works with the existing and adjacent networks.

The late provision of design information, significant levels of change and problems with that interface resulted in extensive delays and disruption to the works. This exposed the contractor to the threat of LAD’s and significant additional cost, which it rightly sought to recover.

QUALSURV's involvement

QUALSURV were able to assess and demonstrate the Employer culpable delays, secure an entitlement to the additional time required to complete works and our commercial assistance resulted in the settlement of the final account, to the complete satisfaction of the contractor.

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Reverse Osmosis Plant, Qidfa, Fujairah

Project

The works involve the design, construction, operation and maintenance of a US$200m reverse osmosis desalination plant in the Emirate of Fujairah. This will increase the capacity of the existing facility by some 137,000m³ per day. Following the construction of the civil enabling works, Acciona will install and commission the specialist mechanical and electrical equipment, including the RO racks and filters and the 3 potable water tanks, each with a capacity of 100,000m³.

QUALSURV's involvement

Acciona has suffered delays as a consequence of a number of employer culpable events and QUALSURV were engaged to carry out an initial assessment of the contractual remedies available to Acciona that entitle it to an award of the additional time it will require to complete the works and the recovery of any associated time related costs. We were also asked to carry out an audit of the commercial management arrangements and to advise on what improvements were needed to ensure that Acciona would comply with the requirements of the Contract in respect of claims (including the Notice provisions which are a condition precedent)

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GSM-R/FTN Rail Framework Contract

Project

The works included the design and construction of circa 129km of fibre optic and copper cable routes together with base station sites on 23 different route sections. Following post contract changes to the specification and to the sequence order and timing of the installations, the original contract price increased from £1.5 million to over £6.9 million.

QUALSURV's involvement

QUALSURV were engaged to assist in the preparation of the final account documentation and to present the Contractor’s case to the Employer’s representative in an attempt to secure its full entitlement.

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LEKAS Offshore LNG facility, Melaka, Malaysia

Project

Muhibbah were part of a consortium contracted to design and construct a new offshore LNG facility off the coast of Melaka, Malaysia. There was a split in the scope of the works where Muhibbah was responsible for the design and construction of the substructure and load bearing platform whist the mechanical and electrical design and installation works were performed by the other consortium member, Worley Parsons. Following the completion of the structural works, the project was beset by design and quality issues relating to the installation of the topside MEI, the correction of which took many months and caused a delay of almost a year to the completion of the project.

The Employer disallowed any costs associated with re-work or the correction of defects and also the costs associated with the prolonged performance. This exposed Muhibbah, as a consortium member, to significant losses.

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M50 Upgrade Scheme Contract 1 - Dublin

Project

The M50 Motorway in Dublin Contract 1 was a road widening scheme that developed an existing motorway from two lanes running in each direction to three whilst allowing traffic to move through the work. It also improved the interchanges at each end to free flowing interchanges.

The Contractor was denied his preferred sequence of executing the Works by the actions of the Employer who required that an emergency lane be provided. A dispute arose and later the matter was referred to Arbitration. The matter subsequently referred to a Mediation process at which it was settled to the complete satisfaction of the Contractor.

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Medina Centrale at the Pearl, Doha, Qatar

Project

The works involved the design and construction of residential, commercial and retail premises at Medina Centrale, which formed part of The Pearl development in Doha, Qatar. Whilst the contractor was responsible for the detailed design, the Client instructed significant alterations to it during the construction works on site. These changes were massive, such as the addition of a covered shopping mall and the alteration to the layout of many of the retail areas when the client had secured tenants with specific requirements which were not understood at the design stage. These changes, among others, led to a delay in the completion of the project of some 18 months. The Engineer determined that the changes did not entitle the contractor to any additional time to complete the varied works and this exposed the contractor to the threat of the levying of LAD’s and increased costs due to the prolonged performance.

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South Site Utility Tunnels, Qatar Foundation, Doha

Project

The works involved the excavation of over 7km of box shaped tunnel (7m x 5m) in Simsima limestone that would provide the utility corridors for future development at Education City, Doha. The works were subject to significant variation when the alignment of parts of the tunnel changed, parts were deleted and a new tunnel section was added. It was also the case that the Employer denied the contractor the use of the planned material processing yard, which was moved several kilometres from its original location. These changes, among others, completely changed the sequence order and timing of the works and significantly increased the cost of performance. Having completed the varied works the client made continued attempts to secure formal variation orders that it required to secure payment. The contractor refused, stating that many of the changes had a neutral cost effect and in any case it had not been given any formal variation orders from its Employer that related to the varied sub contract works. After numerous failed attempts to negotiate a settlement, our client had no alternative but to submit the matter to Arbitration.

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Project Management

Centre Park, Warrington, Cheshire

Project

Centre Park was constructed on the site of former paper mill adjacent to the River Mersey close to Warrington Town Centre. To develop the site extensive remediation was required together with design and construction of a 30m span through truss steel bridge, a network of adoptable roads and sewers and extensive landscaping.

Centre Park is now a very successful town centre office park, which has seen each speculative phase of development fully let, with further development planned. Detached office buildings of 5-10,000 sq ft are arranged around a quality landscaped environment, and complemented by facilities provided by a Village Hotel and Leisure Club, Travel Inn and Beefeater public house.

QUALSURV’s involvement

QUALSURV’s Operations Director, as the Employer’s Representative, was responsible for planning, design, marketing and construction of the initial phase of the project, the infrastructure, the Village Hotel, bespoke and speculative offices and commercial premises.

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Chipping Warden / Portbury Docks

Project

Chipping Warden is the site of a disused World War II airbase and is one of a number of logistic depots operated by Autologic Holdings.

Portbury is one of largest facilities operated by Autologic Holdings and QUALSURV acted as Employer’s Representative managing a number of schemes within the site.

QUALSURV’s involvement

QUALSURV was responsible for a range of schemes for upgrading parking and transit areas within the complex. Our role included site appraisal, investigation and survey, production of drawings, specification and tender enquiries.

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Proposed Rail Crossing, Hill Top Development

Project

Proposals for an at-grade rail crossing to provide new access to industrial and commercial development land currently served by an underbridge with restricted headroom. The new crossing and future station will be approached by a new highway constructed on embankments adjacent to Midland Metro Line 1.

QUALSURV’s involvement

QUALSURV assisted the Client with an HMRI Application and a Legal Agreement with the infrastructure owner and Duty Holder. In addition, it provided pretender construction, contractual and procurement advice to client Metropolitan Estates Ltd including a detailed tender programme for the installation of the proposed level crossing on the live railway.

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Rugeley Power Station, FGD Civils Works

Project

As part of the Government’s drive to reduce the UK's contribution to acid rain, coal and oil-fired power stations in the UK became subject to much tougher sulphur dioxide emission targets from 2008 onwards. Flue Gas De-sulphurisation (FGD) is one of the techniques being used to control these emissions. Installation of FGD has enabled continued clean coal fired generation at Rugeley. This in turn increased fuel diversity in the UK.

The civil engineering element of this project included the construction of massive reinforced concrete foundations for the Absorbers, Process Plant and Equipment, together with a materials handling depot adjacent to freight railway tracks.

QUALSURV’s involvement

QUALSURV staff were very closely involved in securing the £12.5m civils package through EPC Contractor Lentjes (UK).

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A69 Haltwhistle Bypass

Project

The A69 Carlisle – Newcastle was the first contract in the £1billion Design, Build, Finance and Operate (DBFO) programme. The contract was awarded to Road Link (A69) Ltd a consortium of six companies comprising Morrison Construction, Christiani & Nielsen Ltd, Henry Boot Construction, Impregilo S.p.A, ASTM SINA and Pell Frischmann.

The Bypass (built to relieve traffic using the A69 through Haltwhistle and reduce accident, congestion, air pollution, noise and vibration) is approximately 3.5 kilometres long and required the construction of 3 major structures; 2 bridge crossings of the river South Tyne and a bridge crossing the Newcastle to Carlisle Railway. The bypass is a single carriageway with metre wide strips over the whole length.

QUALSURV’s involvement

QUALSURV staff were closely involved in both the construction and commercial management of the project.

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A550 Deeside Park Interchange

Project

This £12m Design and Construct highway project for the Welsh Office consisted of the construction of a grade separated interchange over the existing A550 trunk road together with the construction of a dual carriageway link to the Deeside Bridge crossing.

QUALSURV’s involvement

QUALSURV staff were responsible for the management of this lump sum contract, which included detailed design and statutory undertaker’s diversionary works.

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Renewable Energy Park, Warwickshire

Project

QUALSURV have been appointed as Project Managers by their client, Park Top Ltd, to provide strategic advice and project management services for this Renewable Energy project.

This £25m development consists of the remediation of a former colliery shale tip, the formation of a 3ha platform suitably prepared for the construction of Anaerobic Digestion and Biomass waste to energy plants, screened by extensive earth mounds, together with drainage and highway works.

QUALSURV’s involvement

QUALSURV have devised the procurement strategy, prepared the project budget, procured and managed the site investigation, procured and managed the civil engineering design contract and are currently finalising tender documentation for a civil engineering infrastructure enquiry.

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International Client Base

Cross-Island Road Project, St Lucia

Project

Provision of a new road to connect the north and south of the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean.

Consultants were commissioned by the principal contractor to prepare a series of claims for the settlement of final account against the St Lucian authorities for delays and changes to the original design.

As with all such projects, we were commissioned to research the issues, analyse their time and quantum effects, then draw up a claims entitlement based on the terms and conditions. Our work enabled our client to enter the negotiation phases with confidence.

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Disneyland Construction Project, Hong Kong

Project

Hong Kong Disneyland is a joint project by The Walt Disney Company and the Hong Kong government.

The commission by contractors working on the project was to prepare claims submissions against the developer for varied works associated with "front" and "back of house" sections of a number of the theme park constructions.

The consultants' involvement for the contractor provided the detailed information they needed to pursue claims submissions with confidence.

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High Speed Rail Link, Taiwan

Project

The new high speed rail link was an ambitious construction project to connect both sides of the Island of Taiwan. It involved the wholesale construction of a rail link including elevated sections, stations and goods yards.

Consultants were commissioned to prepare claims by contractors working on civil engineering aspects of the rail line and a new station.

We provided the expertise necessary to research and prepare claims submissions against the developer for delays and earthquake damage.

Our work provided the contractors with detailed information that considered the issues, together with time and quantum effects, thereby providing an accurate summary of claims entitlements.

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Tower 101, Taiwan

Project

Construction project for Tower 101 in Taiwan. For some time after its construction, Tower 101 was the tallest building in the world.

Commissioned by the principal contractor, consultants prepared claims entitlements in relation to a variety of matters including design changes and delays.

Our involvement required us to research and assess the issues, before drawing up a reasonable claims entitlement for the contractor to take to the negotiating table.

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Tunnel Construction Project, Singapore

Project

This project was commissioned for the creation of a new tunnel in Singapore.

Consultants worked in conjunction with the tunnelling contractor to prepare significant time and cost claims against the employer for delays relating to ground conditions.

Our work involved researching the issues and their effects and compiling claims entitlements. Our consultants' expertise was invaluable in drawing up comprehensive, well-researched and reasonable claims entitlements to take forward.

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Q7 Offshore Wind Park bv, Holland

Project

Holland's largest offshore wind farm was completed in June 2008 and consists of 60nr 2MW turbines located 23km off the Dutch coast in up to 23m of water. The Offshore Wind Park Q7, renamed Princess Amelia on opening, is a joint project of sustainable energy group Econcern, investment company Energy Investments Holding and utility Eneco. The project owners contracted marine contractor Van Oord to construct the foundations for the offshore wind farm and provide the electrical infrastructure. A separate contract was placed with world leading turbine manufacturer Vestas, to supply and install the towers and wind turbines.

QUALSURV involvement

QUALSURV provided specialist contract and commercial advice on behalf of the employer throughout the course of the construction phase of the project including agreement of variations, dispute resolution and critical path delay analysis.

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