The Project and Background:

In 2014 The Co­operative Group finalised a deal to open 63 new Co­op stores on former or existing Marston’s pub sites. Most of the c-­stores where to be built on surplus land and car parks, but some would involve conversions and new builds on the sites of existing pubs. Most of the sites also had dedicated or shared parking for 10 to 25 cars. The deal for the Marston’s sites was announced in 2013, when The Co­op struck an agreement with NewRiver Retail, which had acquired 202 Marston’s pubs for £90m. This deal supported Coop food in the realisation of parts of the ‘True North’ strategy where 100 new stores per year was targeted.

The Project Goals:

Optimise role:

Jason McEwen, our Managing Director at Optimise was appointed in a perm position to lead the construction of all 63 New River sites and any additional sites to make the 100 per year. The sites where concurrent and Nationally spread meaning a consistent and standard approach needed to be used. Jason used the RIBA stages and adapted templates from CIOB guidance to facilitate this delivery. In relation to the project goals our role specifically involved:

Jason created then managed the pre-construction process. He led the multi-disciplinary team to ensure that the clients (NewRiver & Coop) expectations where met, that all CDM / BREEAM risks where discharged and that the designs (Architect/Constructor) maintained a cost-effective solution. In addition, Jason was accountable for obtaining board approvals and for ensuring his board was informed of progress.

The nature of the work enabled a framework to be established for Contractors and Professionals. Jason delivered the framework and contracts based on the JCT Design and Build arrangement – he directly managed companies like Mace, T&T, WCEC, WYG, ISG and others.

In addition to creating and monitoring the delivery programming which at peak involved 30 projects being ‘on-site’ at the same time he focused the PEP (Programme Execution Plan) on stakeholder engagement / consultation. Through this focus, strong successful relationships were forged with Coop operations / local council offices / planning officers / local parishes or organisations. Jason also delivered an internal programme to get the Coop to become a considerate constructor’s client partner and therefore ensuring all suppliers were CCS scheme assessed.

Jason managed a structured approach that controlled costs and quality for the handovers.

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