Category: News

22 Jul 2014

Low Carbon Project at The Enterprise Centre, UEA

Low Carbon Project at The Enterprise Centre, UEA

by Patrick Watson

3PM is pleased to have achieved a landmark in the delivery of our Exemplary Low Carbon Project at The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia – UEA.
The concrete ground slab is a key example of how the team have utilised innovative materials (utilising 70% ground granulated blast furnace slag GGBS in the concrete mix) to support the low carbon credentials of the scheme. The slab will then be ground back to form the finished surface and to ensure further carbon savings in the finishes.
The UEA building when delivered in Spring 2015 will be both Passivhaus and BREEAM Outstanding and will provide a stimulating environment to stimulate the emergence of a low carbon based businesses on the Norwich Research park.
If you have any queries or would like to speak to a member of the Project Management Delivery Team further about our services, please contact us at or call 020 7566 8490.

20 Jun 2014

3PM Share the View

3PM Share the View

by 3PM

We held our first event on Tuesday 10 June 2014 at The Deck, National Theatre. Having grown substantially since 2012 we wanted to say thank you for the support from the Clients and Consultants we have worked with.
Some very positive feedback has been received and we wanted to share it with you.

"Many thanks for a very enjoyable night yesterday – the location was fantastic, and it was really good to catch up with everyone. And as I told you, I’m very appreciative of the extra miles you’ve gone to with the college – I think the end of the beginning is in sight!"

Paul Stephen

Westminster Kingsway College

"Great evening with 3PM yesterday at The National Theatre. Thanks all."

Edward Moore


"Thank you very much for inviting me to last night’s do on The Deck. It was a great venue and good to meet all at 3PM. I wish you well and hope that EWA can work with 3PM some time in the future."

Paul Dueñas

EllisWilliams Architects

"Thank you very much for your kind invitation to The Deck at the National Theatre yesterday evening….what a glorious evening it was to have a party overlooking the Thames. I’m really sorry that I was not able to stay longer and enjoy your hospitality and the BBQ."

Jonathan Hill

Scott Brownrigg

"Great event last night, I really enjoyed it."

Matt Laskey

Morgan Sindall

"Great do last night, thank you. Really impressive and thanks for inviting me to share the celebration of your successes over the past couple of years."

Dean Mills

Turner & Townsend

"Thanks for the invite to the 3PM drinks and BBQ evening, great night really enjoyable."

Gareth Davies

Davies Maguire + Whitby

"Please thank your colleagues for a lovely evenings event yesterday, it was a well organised and relaxing event set in spectacular views."

Peter Bilverstone

University of East Anglia

"Thanks so much for your party earlier this week which we thoroughly enjoyed. What a great location!"

Stanley Haines

Haines Phillips Architects

"Thanks for a great party last night. Nice food, and wine. Very much appreciated."

Ben Knight


"Thank you very much for all your hospitality and a great evening yesterday up on The Deck. It was really good to catch up with people, meet some new faces and you even managed to book the weather."

Alasdair Travers


"A great night with @rlf3PM @TheDeckLondon thanks all."

Mike Rhodes

Coaction Management

"Thanks for inviting me! Beautiful evening."

Andy Gollifer,

Gollifer Langston Architects

"Thanks for inviting me last night, it was an enjoyable evening. It was a good venue and certainly felt as if summer had arrived with the great weather and BBQ!"

Lisa Walton

Porta Planning LLP

"Thanks for you hospitality last night. It was a cracking event and thoroughly enjoyable evening. There seemed to be a real buzz about the 3PM business. Long may it continue."

Steve Campbell

Scotch Partners LLP

"Thanks for the fun event last night…Congratulations on your mature launch."

Bruce Nepp

abell nepp

"Thank you for inviting me to your BBQ on the deck of the National Theatre at the South Bank last night. The food was good and the weather was great. You could not ask for much more."

Femi Oresanya


"I had a great time and I met quite a few interesting people. What a location!"

Adrian Miles

Avanti Architects

"Great do on Tuesday night and good to catch up albeit briefly. Hopefully we can work on something new together soon."

Iain Rhind

Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

13 Mar 2014

Adopting a more collaborative approach to risk mitigation

Adopting a more collaborative approach to risk mitigation

by Patrick Watson

For far too long, the UK construction industry has suffered from the inability of those overseeing the procurement process at the start of a build project to coordinate and consolidate both materials and labour. Traditionally, within the building industry, where projects are geographically distant from one another and unique in design, this has led to a fragmented supply chain. There is invariably little spend on new ways of working or product development to reduce overall procurement costs and as such, inefficiencies in the build process prevail.
But by reassessing the supply chain configuration so that the prime contractor is put in a position where they have full responsibility for the completion of a project and where they manage all design and construction activity, this has the potential to achieve a more cohesive and less fragmented build process. Building on the well documented principles of the Building Down Barriers report (1999), it is essential that collaboration lies at the heart of the build and that this is properly facilitated through strong leadership, training and incentives. By engaging with all those involved in the supply chain at the outset – from design through to development – such as key suppliers, subcontractors and so forth, problematic issues can be kept to a minimum and dealt with before construction even begins.
3PM’s latest involvement as Project Mentor for the team working to deliver the University of East Anglia’s new Norwich Research Park (NRP) Enterprise Centre demonstrates this collaborative approach in action. The centre is set to become an exemplary low carbon project, which itself will house a new Centre for the Built Environment.
The project is being part-funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), in addition to funding from UEA, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBRSC), Norwich Research Park (NRP) and BRE (Building Research Establishment).It will not only aim to become a world class building of sustainable credentials designed to stimulate commercial enterprise, but it’s creation will aim to establish a new benchmark for procurement.
We have engaged with the client, Adapt and the University of East Anglia, as well as local SME’s in the Norwich area to help source materials for the development of the Enterprise Centre. To ensure the client needs are closely considered, resource is sought nearby and everyone is aware of their role on the project. This close ‘partnering’ idea is based on the MoD/industry partnering concept, we are working with Morgan Sindall as the Single Point Delivery partner, which is generally recognised as a method for demonstrating that successful collaboration is not about formulaic words and compromise; it is about working together in a climate of openness and trust. The point of this whole approach is to ensure enhanced profitability for the team and a high quality finish that will deliver long-term cost benefits over the building’s lifespan.
For example, on the UEA scheme it was apparent, as is normal at this stage that during the briefing stage, the End user desires & requirements were collectively unaffordable. The challenge for the Mentor and the team was to ensure all parties understood the commercial reality but without the end users getting dispirited in the process.
It was necessary for all of the core management team to fully understand the reality of the situation. By creating an environment where views can be openly aired and discussed in a safe manner, these differences can be highlighted ensuring the team focus remains on resolving the issues. The UEA project has also adopted Neutral Risk Monitoring, a service provided by rlf|3PM and delivered in partnership with a company called ResoLex which helps projects with communication, supports collaborative working and reduces risk.
The purpose of this innovative service is to provide a safe and confidential arena in which individual project team members can feedback information about their perceptions of different project attributes.
On first inspection, many projects assume that this already exists through traditional reporting mechanisms and team meetings. However, from experience, we have found that this reporting tends to concentrate on historical fact, rather than the perception of people who have many years of valuable project experience. So what we concentrate on are gut feelings. We capture good news and any concerns, monitoring them over time, across delivery teams, across mutual goals and risks, to allow the team to explore emerging issues, changes in working practices, inter-team differences while they are current and before they become unchangeable historic facts.
The reports are already highlighting some issues and different perceptions. Our challenge as Mentor is to ensure the teams remain aligned in tackling these challenges.
Read more on the UEA Project here