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Steve Lambourne MCIOB

Beard Construction

Pragmatic, professional and collaborative, Steve Lambourne inspired and focused the team on delivering the project. Calm, considered and knowledgeable, he aligned the architect’s concept design with the client’s budget. His value-engineering wins included refining the precast concrete fin sizes to optimise its sunlight shading. And his shrewd combination of alternative materials and products with new methods delivered financial, functional and aesthetic success.

About the Project

St Hilda’s College Anniversary Building and Riverside Pavilion

Construction of student accommodation, teaching and graduate facilities blocks, completed in 128 weeks.

Client: St Hilda’s College

Contract: JCT, design and build

Value: £20m

Aligning the cost plan with a concept design is never easy. The need to do so on this project, combined with late design development that turned what had been planned as student rooms into seminar spaces, forced Steve Lambourne to work hard to find a combination of materials, products and methods that would work financially, functionally and aesthetically.

Steve commissioned a redesign of an acoustic ceiling to improve its cost-effectiveness and buildability while maintaining the unusual geometry of the original design intent. He met the client’s preference for a timber finish to the metal-framed raised access flooring by ditching quarry tiles in favour of removable oak flooring with a magnetic backing strip.

His alternative proposals enhanced value and reduced cost across the mechanical and electrical services, access control, ventilation strategies, security and data, as well as partitions, ceilings, balustrades and handrails.

Using thermal modelling and specialist consultants, he was able to develop the decorative solar shading panels with the wider team to optimise the shading of windows from peak sunlight. He also replaced blockwork with a structural framing system to speed up the project to achieve the unmovable handover date despite lockdown imposing months of delay.

Pragmatic, professional and collaborative, he inspired and focused the team on delivering the brief. Calm, considered and knowledgeable, he rapidly identified a route through all the difficulties the project faced.