We asked Ian Pearson, project manager for Kier Construction, to talk about R and M Developments’ delivery of a civil engineering package at the new Operational Training and Community Centre for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service in Bury. He gave this feedback.
The £13m scheme was a mix of new build and refurbishment on a 44,000m2 site of an old paper mill.
The civil engineering package was the largest on the scheme requiring diverse and technical installations from extensive concrete road ways and yards, in-situ concrete tunnels and training structures, extensive drainage installations to deal with training water run–off. It also required the installation of an in-situ and precast culvert structure to take a concrete road way and tram scenario over, as well as all the usual foundations and infrastructure required for new buildings.
The scheme presented significant challenges in its nature particularly for R and M Developments. They thoroughly planned out works to safely and effectively deal with – working within live culvert channels, and controlled their works on a site that was also directly adjacent to a framework direct river (the Irwell).
The site also contained invasive species and both remediated and unremediated contaminated land on which all works were managed professionally and left us comfortable that the risks were being controlled by R and M with little intervention required from Kier.
R and M Developments delivered the works to a high standard and also maintained a detailed suite of documents to record the management of quality. In a project that was unique in nature R and M played a key part in both driving the design and offering resolutions to some of the unique training requirements of GMFRS.
The management team were both knowledgeable and motivated to deliver for us and would work closely with us to realise programme opportunities wherever they presented themselves.
The operatives on site are generally highly skilled in their specific areas and Thomas and Jon ensured the right gangs were in place and suited to the requirements of the specific tasks.
It was great to see a contractor giving the training of their own staff such priority and R and M Developments would not only be first to ensure they were in line with any improved standards we would look to implement, but actually be providing training and using techniques beyond our good practice.
All in all I found R and M Developments to be a proficient and professional contractor that delivered what we perceived to be the most challenging package on a very challenging project.
But most importantly for me I found their attitude, from management to operatives, to collaboration and forming positive working relationships made them a pleasure to work with. This is why I would opt for them on future schemes and recommend them to others.
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