Schofield Lothian provided Project Management (PM) services to Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres for their new centre in Newcastle.  We were retained to provide Client PM services to deliver the scheme.

Maggie’s is named after Maggie Keswick Jencks who had a vision to create a network of imaginatively designed drop-in care centres after she was diagnosed with cancer. They are created in line with Maggie’s belief in the power of buildings to inspire people and provide a positive environment for care and support

The finished development included: designed to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standards, high levels of insulation, under floor heating and solar panels on the circular roof – all contributing to a very low energy building.


Our project management brief covered the following deliverables:

  • Reviewing and commenting upon the Contractor’s proposals for the design, construction and maintenance of the project.
  • Managing all third party interfaces
  • Reviewing and advising on the Contractor’s programme for the design and construction of the project.
  • Ensuring the terms of the building contract was administered correctly
  • Visiting site and reporting on the progress of construction of the works.
  • Reporting on compliance of project in terms of design and construction.
  • Amending the design brief as necessary and issuing appropriate instruction.
  • Convening and chairing progress meetings.
  • Approving interim certificates under the building contract.
  • Reviewing and reporting on any requests for extension of time.
  • Instigate and maintain procedures for completion of the works.
  • Approving Final Certificate

 We successfully delivered the main contract works and the centre was opened on time and within budget in 2013.

Technical Competencies

The following technical competencies were required in the delivery of this prestigious contract:

  • An experienced understanding of design and construction management relative to the scope of construction works.
  • A good technical understanding of methods, modes and forms of construction.
  • A strong understanding of Health & Safety legislation and requirements relative to construction, including the CDM Regulations.
  • Stakeholder management skills in the management of the involvement of a number of stakeholders and interested third parties.
  • Knowledge and skill in the understanding of the relevant contractual provisions and know how in applying them.
  • The ability to set up and maintain appropriate administrative procedures and record keeping commensurate with the scale and nature of the project.


Our involvement commenced in January 2012 at the post tender evaluation stage, and run through completion of the defects period. The commission has been carried out by:

  • A Director of the business acting in the role of Project Manager.
  • An Assistant Consultant acting in the role of Project Manager’s Assistant.

The centre opened in May 2013.


The building was awarded the RIBA North East Commendation Award and the BREEAM Excellent Award in 2014. The contract for the Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre in Newcastle was approximately £1.65 million.


For more information please contact Kevin Corcoran,



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