IIP Investors in People … Planning Inspectorate … The Budget … New Practice Leaders … Building Top 150 Consultants … APM Corporate Affiliate … New Offices … Thameslink CEEQUAL Award … Client Satisfaction Survey … MIPIM 


Dec 2017  Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all of us at Schofield Lothian

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Clients, Partners and Suppliers a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

Our sincere thanks to all our Clients for giving us the opportunity to work with you in 2017.

For your information, our head office will be closed from Monday 25th December to Monday 1st January inclusive. Happy holidays.


Dec 2017 Awarded IIP Silver Accreditation in People Management

Investors in People (IIP) have awarded Schofield Lothian the new Silver Level accreditation following a comprehensive audit process.

We are very proud to have been awarded the new Silver Level by Investors in People across the nine indicators within the new standard. IIP in their final assessment report noted: ‘the Schofield Lothian environment was very welcoming and people clearly take immense pride in the business … for an organisation going through the new wider IIP assessment process for the first time, this is an achievement that the whole team should be incredibly proud of’.

During the audit interviews, employees commented: “The Exec team are sincere in their approach to the business and their people and create an atmosphere of trust … When I joined Schofield Lothian I knew from the moment I walked through the door that I’d made the right choice … I get the best out of my team by taking the time to understand how each individual works”.

91% of employees agree that leaders motivate them to achieve exceptional results and highlighted that the high level of trust and transparency supports in the motivation of employees to deliver on the organisations objectives. In addition, 98% answered favourably when asked ‘if their day to day behaviour reflects that of the business’ in terms of values and behaviours.

Commenting on this achievement, Leo McAuliffe said: “We are very committed to best practice in people management and the processes that support it. The world recognised Investors in People standard facilitates and guides this process”.

For more information, please contact Leo McAuliffe, Executive Director, leomcauliffe@schofieldlothian.hfdev.uk


Nov 2017  Presented post DCO experience to Planning Inspectorate

Schofield Lothian recently presented to the Planning Inspectorate on what happens after you get approval of a DCO (Development Consent Order). A DCO is the means of obtaining permission for developments categorised as Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIP). This includes energy, transport, water and waste projects.

We presented at the Planning Inspectorate’s Knowledge Hour on practical experience post DCO approval.  There was an interesting discussion around how the process could be improved with more considered drafting in the DCO, the need for flexibility and how this can be achieved, and how requirements and protective provisions should focus on managing effects.

The Planning Inspectorate deals with planning appeals, national infrastructure planning applications, examinations of local plans and other planning-related and specialist casework in England and Wales.

Schofield Lothian consultants have experience of delivering consents on a wide range of major infrastructure projects including Thames Tideway Tunnel, High Speed 1, West Coast Mainline upgrade, DLR 3 Car extension, Crossrail and Great Western Route Modernisation as well as promoting Transport and Works Act (TWA) Orders and DCOs which enables them to deliver ‘whole lifecycle’ inception to commissioning consenting solutions

For further information on our DCO experience and services, please contact Paul Humphrey, Director of Consents & Engagement, paulhumphrey@schofieldlothian.hfdev.uk


Nov 2017  Budget to stimulate Housing Construction

The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, yesterday announced a number of measures to stimulate the construction and infrastructure sector including:

  • Housing stimulus package £15.3bn of new cash for housing over the next five years, bringing total support for housing to at least £44bn over this period.
  • An extra £2.7bn will be injected into the housing infrastructure fund, doubling it to £5bn
  • £1.7bn city region transport fund, to be shared between six regions with elected mayors and other areas.
  • £204m of funding would be allocated for innovation and skills in the construction sector, including £34m to scale up innovative training models.
  • £10bn capital investment fund for hospitals up to 2022.
  • Planning reform is also in the air with a review planned to look at the gap between planning permissions and housing starts.

However, growth forecast for 2017 slashed from 2% to 1.5% and forecasts for 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021 revised down to 1.4%, 1.3%, 1.5% and 1.6% respectively.

For more Budget information please see the Construction Enquirer, The Construction Index and the BBC for their excellent reporting.


Nov 2017  Nick Butler to lead Contract Services Practice

We are delighted to welcome Nick Butler to Schofield Lothian. Nick joins us from Arup where he was an Associate Director.

Nick will work with our construction and infrastructure Clients to deliver added-value professional contract services including contract development, claims management, and dispute avoidance. He will lead and manage our Contract Services Practice, to achieve annual objectives and implement the initiatives in the Business Plan.

Nick has over 27 years’ experience across a broad range of sectors of the industry working for client, contractor and consultant businesses. Recently Nick has been primarily focused on the UK construction and infrastructure sectors, and has been involved in a number of nationally based rail and aviation projects. He is experienced in all aspects and types of contract and commercial management, from strategy through to negotiation of final accounts and management of claims.  Nick also has extensive experience in the procurement and administration of NEC3 contracts for a number of globally recognised companies.

For more information please contact Kevin Corcoran via kevincorcoran@schofieldlothian.hfdev.uk


Sept 2017   58th in the Building Magazine Top 150 Consultants

We are delighted to announce that we have advanced another 5 places to 58th overall in the 2017 Top 150 Consultants survey, published by Building Magazine.

This is the fourth consecutive year we have increased our position, which is a great reflection on the excellent work all our consultants are continuing to do and deliver added-value professional services to our Clients. We have moved from 81st to 67th to 63rd to 58th this year.

Each year Building Magazine surveys and publishes a list of the top consultants in our industry, including Consultants, Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers, Engineers and Architects. This year we are …

  • 58th in the overall Top 150 Consultants
  • 19th in the Top 50 Quantity Surveyors
  • 22nd in the Top 50 Project Managers

Thank you to all our Staff, Partners, Suppliers and Clients.

For further information please contact Leo McAuliffe, Executive Director, leomcauliffe@schofieldlothian.hfdev.uk


Sept 2017  Schofield Lothian becomes APM Corporate Affiliate

We are delighted to have become a Corporate Affiliate of the Association for Project Management.

As the Chartered body for the project profession, APM is committed to the progression and development of project management capability, recognising the important role that corporates must play in this development. The APM Corporate Partnership Programme will drive positive change for organisations with a passion for project management, providing them with a consistent approach and common language for their own project management community through access to APM’s digital resources.

For further information on APM and our PM services please contact Steve Foxley, Director of Project Management, stevefoxley@schofieldlothian.hfdev.uk


Sept 2017  We have moved to New Offices at 15 Old Bailey

Schofield Lothian has moved to new offices in Old Bailey, located in the City of London close to St Paul’s. Following a period of growth and expansion, we now require additional space and the flexibility to grow further.

Commenting on the new offices, Leo McAuliffe, Executive Director, said: “These larger open plan offices will allow greater co-operation & communication between our six service areas, increased collaboration & teamwork on our large projects, while remaining in central London close to our Clients”.

We are on the second floor of this stand alone building with close London Transport connections via St Paul’s, City Thameslink, Blackfriars, Farringdon and Barbican.

The building, on the north end of Old Bailey, was constructed in 1874 as the Spiers and Pond’s ‘Holborn Viaduct Hotel’ (incidentally the first hotel with electric lighting) to the design of Evans Cronk, in a similar French Renaissance style to the Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria.

Our telephone number will remain the same: 020 7842 0920.

Our new address is: Schofield Lothian Limited, 15 Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EF.


July 2017  Contractor Notifications

The 2017 Construction Law Review, by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), recently published an article on ‘Contractor Notifications’ (p50-52), by one of our Principal Consultants, Alan Williamson.

The article outlines suggested interpretations of how to overcome the uncertainties that currently exist, where express time periods for the contractor to notify of the Project Manager’s failure to respond to notifications which are not expressly stated within the conditions of contract. If the Project Manager does not notify his/her decision, the Contractor may notify the Project Manager of his/her failure. Further failure to respond to this reminder is deemed acceptance.

For further information on this or any of our Contract Services, please contact Mike Upton, mikeupton@schofieldlothian.hfdev.uk


June 2017  Thameslink wins highest CEEQUAL Environmental Award

Schofield Lothian plays a major part in helping the Thameslink’s Bermondsey Dive Under Project (BDU) being awarded the CEEQUAL Whole Project Award, with a score of 96.6% (categorised as Excellent).

The Bermondsey Dive Under Project is part of the Thameslink Programme. It is a brand new junction at Bermondsey to help untangle the tracks on the approach to London Bridge station and reduce delays. The project involved demolition and reconstruction of the 180 year old brick arch viaducts to create new infrastructure that allows south east London services to ‘dive under’ the Thameslink lines unimpeded.

Kirsten Velthuis, Associate Director Environment & Sustainability, Schofield Lothian was engaged by Network Rail as the CEEQUAL Assessor for the Bermondsey Dive Under, said:  “We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award. Key to this achievement has been a truly collaborative approach with the designers and contractor, which has led to significant design interventions reducing materials, waste, carbon and cost. Our extensive community engagement programme has left a positive legacy in the local area, and we also achieved biodiversity net positive within the project boundary which is a significant achievement. To have obtained the highest CEEQUAL award score for a completed Thameslink project is a fantastic outcome.”

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Richard Ambrose  richardambrose@schofieldlothian.hfdev.uk


Apr 2017  4D Visualisation Project Management

4D digital planning is a visualisation process that combines both graphical and non-graphical project information related to time, resource and logistics management.

  • QSRA through virtual construction
  • Improve safety planning and communication, plus identifying and mitigating risks
  • Improve design management through a virtual IDC process allowing a swift and accurate comparison of different design options

Our experience includes: Gravesend Station Remodelling, Waterloo Station Capacity Upgrade Programme, East Kent Re-signalling and projects in IP Signalling Southern

4D visualisation planning with its inbuilt links to design, schedule and logistics information, ultimately leads to more robust delivery strategies and project outcomes.

For more information on how 4D can benefit your project, please contact: Steve Foxley, Director, Project Management & Rail, 07583-219959 or stevefoxley@schofieldlothian.hfdev.uk


Mar 2017  Great Feedback from our Client Satisfaction Survey

We have received great feedback and some excellent compliments as part of our Client Satisfaction Survey. As part of our ISO accreditations we carryout regular surveys to get feedback and ideas for continuous improvement.

  • Eleven named Consultants get highest rating in service delivery
  • Our Quality of Work, Technical Knowledge and Relevant Experience get top performance marks
  • Great ideas for continuous improvement

We also received a number of very complimentary quotes from some of the Clients, including …

  • “… her performance really has been outstanding and she has showed a very high level of commitment”
  • When asked about team performance … “Their management of their team and ability to deal with any issues that arise quickly”
  • “We’ve had a very positive relationship with Schofield Lothian and I look forward to working with you again in the future.”

Our survey was conducted during February 2017 and sent to Clients whom we delivered professional services to during 2016. We are accredited to ISO 9001 Quality, ISO 14001 Environment and ISO 18001 Health & Safety, as well as IIP Investors in People.

For more information please contact Leo McAuliffe, Executive Director, leomcauliffe@schofieldlothian.hfdev.uk


Mar 2017  Join us at MIPIM Property event

We are delighted to be attending MIPIM again this year, from 14-17th March in Cannes, France. MIPIM is the annual global gathering for property professionals.

Join us at the LONDON stand in the Croisette Hall, situated on the seafront at MIPIM, from 14-17 March. This great facility offers a beachfront terrace with complimentary bar service where you  can enjoy the sea view whilst visiting us. There is an extensive talk and events programme, featuring leading decision makers from across the London property sector to discuss the latest opportunities across the city.  londonatmipim.com

Come and join Kevin Corcoran, Managing Director, kevincorcoran@schofieldlothian.hfdev.uk 07812-047199, and Andrew McSmythurs, Director of Property, andrewmcsmythurs@schofieldlothian.hfdev.uk 07540-436114.


Feb 2017  Fixing the Housing Market

The Government’s White Paper on Housing, Fixing our Broken Housing Market, targets 4 key areas: ‘planning for the right homes in the right places, building homes faster, diversifying the market and helping people now’. These proposals cover local authorities, private developers, local communities, housing associations, lenders & institutional investors, utilities and infrastructure companies.

For more information, see the White Paper here: http://bit.ly/2kmYHwD


Jan 2017  Important Role of Commercial Managers in Infrastructure

The RICS launched a new Guidance Note on ‘The Role of the Commercial Manager in Infrastructure’, presented by Mark Walley and written by Dr Robert Mallett. With the growing importance and investment in UK infrastructure, Commercial Managers play a key role in project initiation, cost planning & benchmarking, procurement, cost management and contract delivery. Commercial management is about cost, value and risk – commercial stewardship for Clients. Schofield Lothian supports this important initiative and we have a large team of Commercial Managers and QSs with extensive infrastructure experience.

Contact Mike Upton, Executive Director, mikeupton@schofieldlothian.hfdev.uk or Kevin Corcoran, Managing Director, kevincorcoran@schofieldlothian.hfdev.uk or Iain Watts, Director of Transport, iainwatts@schofieldlothian.hfdev.uk on how Schofield Lothian can help you commercially.


T: 0207 842 0920 15 Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EF