New Property Experts… EIA in Rail Professional… Crossrail Audits… NR East Midlands… Building’s Top 150 Consultants… Summer BBQ… GIS Geographic Information Systems… Ecology Surveys… APM & CIEEM… MIPIM Property event… Thameslink Environmental Consultants… TfL Learning & Development Training Framework


Dec 2016  Merry Christmas from all of us at Schofield Lothian

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Clients, Partners and Suppliers a very happy and peaceful Christmas holiday.

Our sincere thanks for giving us the opportunity to work with you in 2016 and we look forward to 2017 … ‘better together’.

For your information, our head office will be closed from Monday 26th December to Monday 2nd January inclusive. Happy holidays.


Dec 2016  Recruiting Senior Project Managers – Property

We are currently recruiting two Senior Project Managers to join our expanding Property Team.

  • Role … working across industry sectors; take a leading role under a Director / Project Director on large property projects; an autonomous role on smaller projects
  • Experience … mixed pre and post-contract experience; delivering to client requirements in commercial, regeneration, hotels or educational property projects
  • Qualifications … MRICS or equivalent; developing relationships; strong interpersonal skills with clients & peers; and intuitive/critical thinking & problem solving skills

For a confidential initial discussion please contact Andrew McSmythurs, Director, Property on 07540 436114 or send a detailed CV to


Dec 2016  Rail Professional magazine features our EIA services

The rail industry magazine Rail Professional features our Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) services in their December issue (pages 118-120).

Following the Brexit vote, many in the transport and infrastructure sector have been mulling over the future of EIA given the EU’s central influence on the process since the 1980’s – will it be business as usual? Written by Richard Ambrose, Director, Environment & Sustainability, he also outlines the EIA process and the requirements involved.

For more information please contact Richard Ambrose via email on or 020 7842 0920.


Nov 2016  New Experts join our Property Team

We are delighted to welcome Andrew McSmythurs and Julie Crossen to Schofield Lothian. Andrew will lead our Property team in order to accelerate our growth within the sector.

Both Andrew and Julie join us from Sweett Group where they worked across the property sector including commercial, retail, residential, education, regeneration and leisure. The services delivered included Project Management, Employer’s Agent, Independent Certifier and Commercial Management.

Andrew has over 30 years experience in the construction and property industry with client, contractor and consultant businesses. Initially qualifying as a QS in power generation, he has been in property project management for over 20 years. Andrew is a member of the RICS Project Management Board and a Chairman and Assessor for the RICS APC programme.

Julie started her career as a planner before moving into property project management and has over 18 years experience within the construction industry. Julie is a MAPM and has been involved in completing property projects both in the UK and overseas on new build, fit-out and refurbishment projects across both the public and private sectors.

For more information on our Property sector and the services we provide please contact Kevin Corcoran, Managing Director or Andrew McSmythurs, Director, Property Sector .


Oct 2016  Network Rail appoints Schofield Lothian on Crossrail Audits

We are delighted to announce that Network Rail has appointed us for the Phased & Rolling Cost Verification Audits in support of its delivery of works to the existing rail infrastructure associated with the wider Crossrail project. With services to be delivered from NR’s offices at Paddington and Maidenhead, as well as our own offices in Temple, this further cement’s our position and expertise within the rail sector. These cost audit services commenced in September and are scheduled for completion in 2019.

We look forward to working with the NR team and bringing sustained benefits to this major strategic rail project in London and the south east.

For more information contact Mike Upton, Executive Director,


Sept 2016  Winning NR East Midlands Signalling Renewals Project

We are delighted to announce our success in securing the commission for the delivery of Commercial Support Services to Network Rail in its delivery of key signalling works within the East Midlands region to the following projects: Kettering to Corby Capacity Increase, Derby Station Remodelling, and Midland Mainline Electrification.

Mike Upton, Executive Director comments, “This demonstrates our long standing relationship with Network Rail and the very high level of service we are able to deliver. We look forward to working with the NR team to deliver speed improvements and create further capacity on the existing line.”

With services to be delivered from Network Rail’s offices in Derby, this further strengthen’s our position within the Midland’s thriving rail industry. 

For more information contact Mike Upton, Executive Director,


Sept 2016  Schofield Lothian progresses in Building’s Top 150 Consultants List

We are pleased to announce that Schofield Lothian has risen to 63rd on the Top 150 Consultants annual rankings for 2016 – we were 67th last year and 81st in 2014.

We also rose 2 places to 22nd place on the Top 50 Project Managers list and remained in 19th place on the Top 50 Quantity Surveyors list.

Building Magazine carries out the survey every year and firms are ranked according to total UK chartered staff, and for Quantity Surveyors, Architects, Engineers and Project Managers for chartered staff in each respective discipline.


Sept 2016  Ebbsfleet Garden City – Where London meets the Garden of England

Staff from the Schofield Lothian Consents & Engagement Practice attended the launch of the Ebbsfleet Garden City Magazine on September 22nd. Published by the Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, it sets out the vision for one of the country’s biggest development opportunities, which aims to provide up to 15,000 new homes as part of the regeneration of this area of North Kent.  Along with commercial, retail, leisure and community space, the existing and planned transport links will support the proposed Paramount Studios Theme Park, a major destination on a par with Disneyland Paris. Over the next 20 years the Government, local authorities and the private sector will work with the Corporation to realise the vision of England’s newest Garden City.

Sara Peters, Schofield Lothian Associate Director for Engagement said: “Ebbsfleet Garden City will be at the forefront of UK regeneration for the next decade and beyond. The launch of their magazine seems to symbolise the project kicking off in earnest – ‘Where London meets the Garden of England’ – a truly exciting time for us all involved in large scale infrastructure project delivery.”

For more information on Ebbsfleet Garden City and to read the magazine, visit their website:

Please contact Paul Humphrey, Director, Consents & Engagement, for more information:


Sept 2016  Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) Capabilities

Schofield Lothian has the expertise and experience in delivering Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) projects for clients.

Our Environment & Sustainability Practice has the capability to coordinate and deliver Environmental Statements, in accordance with the requirements set out within the European EIA Directives and Schedule 4 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment for England and Wales Regulations 2011 (SI 2011 No.1824), commonly referred to as the EIA Regulations.  As well as Technical Review and EIA Quality Assurance, our breadth of technical assessment capability (and individual technical reports) includes:

  • Air Quality; Archaeology; Carbon Reporting (Whole life); Ecology; Flood Risk; Geotechnical / Contaminated Land; Heritage; Noise & Vibration; Pedestrian Wind Impact; Right to Light; Transport and Visual Impact

We have recently carried out EIA assignments on the Great Western Mainline Electrification and the Feltham Re-signalling projects for NR.

If you know more about our EIA capabilities, please contact Richard Ambrose, Director, Environment and Energy,


July 2016  Summer BBQ on HMS Belfast

We had a great evening at our annual Summer BBQ on HMS Belfast on the river Thames. Located between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, the ship allowed us spectacular panoramic city views in the company of a great team. It was a great opportunity to celebrate our continuing growth, hand out service awards and promote our ‘Better Together’ initiative. Executive Directors Kevin Corcoran, Leo McAuliffe and Mike Upton gave company updates to colleagues from across all our Practices (Consents & Engagement, Environment & Sustainability, Estimating, Project Management, Commercial Management and Contract Services), our Sectors and our Support Services.


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May 2016  Visualise your Data with our new Geographic Information Systems service

Schofield Lothian now has full capability to produce GIS information products and design systems for any size business, and for any application. Let us guide you through what GIS implementation could mean for your company, what problems it solves, and how it can revolutionise your existing methods and workflows.

We have experience in site surveying and selection using multiple data analysis techniques on a paperless, cloud/web based workflow resulting in superior information, fast decision making ability and eliminating human errors and inconsistent data interpretations.

Start visualising your data by location, start organising and optimising your data geographically, add rich content to accompany your data – all possible with the power of GIS.

Please contact Eoghan Hennessy at or Steve Foxley at for further information or an informal discussion on how we can help you with your project 020-7842 0920.


Apr 2016  Unlock the potential of your Development Site

At Schofield Lothian we offer a comprehensive property development appraisal and assessment service. We start with a desk-top review to identify the potential of your site. We then take it to the next level with our appraisal service. Our viability service compliments these by delivering detailed plans for the town planning process.

  • Identification … Discover and unlock the potential of your sites
  • Appraisal … Take your site to the next level with our appraisal service
  • Viability… Our viability service provides detailed site planning delivery

Whatever your needs are in your property development project, contact our experts Kevin Corcoran or Gerry Phoenix for an informal discussion: or


Apr 2016  Have you planned your Ecology Surveys?

Now is the time to start planning ecology surveys for 2016. Most development proposals will have the potential to impact the local biodiversity. It is therefore important to be aware of when species specific surveys can be undertaken.

  • The great crested newt (GCN) survey season is upon us. Great crested newts hibernate between November and February on terrestrial land. Surveys can be undertaken between mid-March and mid-June when great crested newts move from terrestrial to aquatic environments to breed.
  • Bat activity surveys can be undertaken from April. Throughout March bats start to awaken from hibernation and forage on warmer nights. Between April and June females begin to gather in maternity roosts and high levels of feeding activity are observed as they recover the weight lost during the hibernation period.

Our in-house Ecology Services also include comprehensive project management of all of your protected habitat and species needs, so you can be confident in your project’s compliance; from planning through to post-construction monitoring.

For a more detailed discussion on any Ecology topic, please contact Lewis Deacon, Principal Ecologist on 020 7842 0920 or


Apr 2016  Congratulations to the new Full Members and Associates of APM & CIEEM

We would like to congratulate team members who recently passed their professional APM exams and CIEEM membership. At Schofield Lothian, we are committed to developing our staff and providing the skills they need for their career development.  The Association for Project Management (APM) are leaders within the industry in developing and promoting project and programme management. CIEEM is the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, the leading professional membership body representing and supporting ecologists and environmental managers in the UK.

  • The following team members have all passed the Association for Project Management Professional (APMP) examination: Richard Ambrose, Cristiane Comim, Nina Klause, Eoghan Hennessy, Tom Machin, Stephen Scanlon, and Milad Zohrehnejad.
  • The following members of staff passed the Association for Project Management Introduction Certificate in Project Management: Vince Hedge and Jack Porter.
  • Kirsten Velthuis became a full chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology & Environmental Management (CIEEM).

All of the above are now either Associates or Full Members of their Institute. Congratulations and well done to all.

For more information on Project Management please contact Steve Foxley, Director, Project Management . For more information on Ecology and Environment please contact Richard Ambrose, Director, Environment & Sustainability .


Mar 2016  MIPIM takeaways

We had a great week in Cannes, France, at MIPIM 2016. Here are some of our takeaways: Property … devolved planning (private sector influence), SMEs at heart of housing solution & business feeling squeeze on costs; BREXIT … no appetite from business to exit, Europe needs Britain in & last minute deal expected from Europe before referendum; and the Market … 2016 quieter than 2015, short-term commissions the new normal & modest growth in property sector (some hot spots). Thank you to all the people we met. For more information please contact Kevin Corcoran, Managing Director


Mar 2016  Budget – putting the next generation first

The UK Chancellor, George Osborne, presented his eight budget to Parliament on Wednesday. Although “storm clouds are gathering” he said, the budget “helps working people … that puts the next generation first”. There were announcements on continued infrastructure investments, property and business tax reform. There was also a downgrade to economic growth. Here are the details:

  • Transport & Infrastructure – major investments in HS3, road upgrades, flood defences and Crossrail 2
  • Property – commercial property tax to be reformed along lines of residential SDLT
  • Business tax – “fundamental reform” including Corporation tax down to 17% by 2020
  • Economic outlook – growth forecast cut this year from 2.4% to 2%
  • Public finances – debt to GDP forecast revised up from 81.7% to 82.3% for 2016-17
  • Government spending – new annual cuts of £3.5bn by 2020
  • Other: Consumption taxes – fuel, beer, cider and whisky duties frozen; Sugar tax – new levy on sugary drinks to tackle childhood obesity; ISAs – limit to rise from £15,000 to £20,000; Tax-free allowance – raised to £11,500, effecting 31m people; Higher rate tax threshold – raised to £45,000

For more information contact Leo McAuliffe, Executive Director,


Feb 2016  Welcoming new Schofield Lothian team members

At our quarterly Staff Briefing we welcomed 8 new team members. They are: Derek Adams, Consultant Senior QS; Ian Dykes, Consultant Senior QS; Andrew Guyton, Senior Consents Manager; Eoghan Hennessy, Assistant Consultant; Charlene Hogan, Consents Manager; Kim Olliver, Senior Ecologist; Mridul Rose-James, Credit Controller; and Robert Scanlon, Marketing Co-ordinator.


Feb 2016  Highways and Utilities expertise and experience

Our Consents and Engagement Practice provides Highways and Utilities Services to our Local, Bridge and Highway Authority clients across the UK. We deal with the administrative and technical concerns resulting from the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991 (NRSWA) and all other related highway legislation. Services include: Street Works Permits, Section 50 licences, Electronic Transfer of Notices (EToN) management, Sections 118 & 119 applications, drafting of Traffic Regulation Orders, Applications for New Utilities Connections, Diversionary Works management and more.

Our experience has been accrued from projects such as: Great Western Electrification Programme, London Olympics 2012, Newham Classic 10k run, West Coast Route Modernisation and Thames Water (Optimise). Works undertaken have a statutory duty to co-operate with the Highway Authorities hence we assist our clients to work collaboratively with other on-going street works, avoid Fixed Penalty Notices, overrun charges, reputational damage and prosecution. Any activity such as: Placing or storing materials,  maintaining, repairing, adjusting, or renewing apparatus in the public maintained highway will require permission from the Local Authority.

Please contact Paul Humphrey, Director, Consents & Engagement, for more information:


Jan 2016  See you at MIPIM 2016

We are delighted to be attending MIPIM again this year, from 15-18 March. MIPIM, the world’s leading property market, brings together the most influential players from all international property sectors – office, residential, retail, healthcare, sport, logistics and industrial, offering unrivalled access to the greatest number of development projects and sources of capital worldwide. The 27th edition will be held in Cannes, France from 15-18 March 2016. We look forward to seeing you there.

Please contact Kevin Corcoran, Managing Director (, or Nick Cole, Director, Commercial Management ( if you would like to meet up.


Jan 2016  Thameslink appoints Schofield Lothian as Environmental Consultants

Schofield Lothian’s Environment and Sustainability team has commenced further environmental support to the Thameslink programme, that is expected to conclude at the end of 2018.  Thameslink is successfully transforming north-south rail travel across London, with modernised track and trains and improved frequency of service. Our process driven approach will continue to control aspects that could have a significant impact on the environment. This includes regular contractor reviews, assurance (audits and inspections), driving best practice and raising awareness and understanding through training.  We are also supporting Network Rail’s culture for delivering sustainable outcomes, through initiatives such as the reuse of construction materials, green space improvement, community recycling and the creation of volunteer positions.

Please contact Richard Ambrose, Director, Environment & Sustainability, for more information:


Jan 2016  Transport for London (TfL) – Learning & Development Training Framework

Schofield Lothian’s Environment and Sustainability team is delighted to have won the Learning & Development Training Framework, that will deliver a wide range of bespoke environmental and sustainability courses across the entire organisation.  The training courses will be delivered by our team of highly experienced trainers, who will share their enthusiasm, professional knowledge and pragmatic experience in both project and operational environmental management.  The courses will be designed for all TfL staff grades and will form part of the continuous drive to enhance environmental performance.

Please contact Richard Ambrose, Director, Environment & Sustainability, for more information:

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