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Ger Hayes MCIOB

John Sisk & Son

Experience, technical intelligence and a positive approach to problem-solving were the powerful cocktail that Ger Hayes brought to this biggest ever scheme for client and contractor. Ger’s vision and confidence, pragmatism and integrity, along with an extraordinary input of commitment and collaboration, delivered budget, programme and outstanding quality. He built the entire project digitally – and continually rebuilt it to iron out the issues – so he could find the best sequencing and methodology for the build phase.

About the Project

E03 Canada Gardens, Wembley

Construction of a seven-tower development with 743 residential apartments, completed in 157 weeks.

Client: Quintain

Contract: JCT 2011, design and build, with amendments

Value: £245m

The key contractor figure in the Wembley Park regeneration for over a decade, Ger Hays is the main reason why client and contractor have partnered so successfully on projects worth well over £1bn. A leader with a clear vision, confidence, pragmatism and integrity, he brought extraordinary levels of expertise, commitment and collaboration to this biggest ever scheme yet for the client and the contractor.

Given six weeks to find the £6m of savings needed to get this seven-tower development up and running, Ger, as expected, delivered. He cut £2m from the piling by changing from rotary bored to CFA and £2.5m from the facades by reverting to standard cavities and standardising the colours of the mortar and brickwork. The rest was captured in revisiting the internal finishes, the landscaping and the 81-vehicle coach park.

Ger then built – and continually rebuilt, to iron out the issues – the entire project digitally, running through a range of what-if scenarios before delivering in the build phase the sequencing and methodology that had worked best virtually. By assigning unique QR codes to each apartment, he made information about each work element easy to locate for the site team, generating major time benefits in project delivery.

His exploitation of digital delivery techniques extended to the construction of a 20MW energy centre serving 7,000 homes on the wider development. By simulating the installation of the two huge thermal stores (a pair of 15-tonne central heating plant engines) and a trio of 30-tonne boilers, he was able to identify the temporary works required. He digitally scanned the concrete structure and access routes for skidding the equipment into place, while a steel exoskeleton transferred all the equipment loads down into the foundation.

Handing over all seven sectional completions on time, Ger did so to an exceptional standard of finish. The project average of 25 snags per sectional completion (which equates to 0.2 snags per apartment) suggests an impressive level of attention paid to quality.