Our ability to draw on contractor experience from within our team means that clients can depend on a realistic and rigorous approach, from the initial assessment of financial feasibility and oversight of the procurement phase to the continued monitoring of costs and final delivery.
Having professionals with a contractor background working alongside our consultants gives us an inside track when evaluating costs and managing contracts. That specialist knowledge is indispensable for carrying out robust benchmarking against current industry standards. At the same time, our independence from the rest of the supply chain allows us to offer impartial advice that strikes the optimum balance between cost and value and ensures the required return on the client’s investment.
Please contact Darren for more details of our Cost Consultancy Service.
Darren joined Silver in 2015 having spent 16 years at a major international project management and cost consultancy. He has provided cost management services on a wide range of complex, refurbishment and new-build projects across the residential, commercial and education sectors.
“I joined Silver because I was looking for a company that put the client first rather than simply being fee-driven. That attitude makes the service we deliver as good as it gets, and often better in terms of our attention to detail and the depth of information we provide. What makes Silver special, though, is the blend of expertise that comes from having people from consultant and contractor backgrounds. The depth of understanding that provides has a positive influence on every aspect of the business. And I don’t think you will find anything like it anywhere else.”
Services: Project Management, Cost Consultancy and Principal Designer
Southmere Village comprises 1,500 homes, a civic square, library and 40,000 sq.m of commercial space and represents the first substantial development in Thamesmead since Peabody acquired land there in 2014. Thamesmead is the largest regeneration project in London and is set to benefit from Crossrail from 2018. Silver is proud to be part of this exciting and ambitious endeavour by our client.
Our team is made up of members with contractor backgrounds and experience in pre-construction, specialising in the design management process. They have managed the detailed and outline planning application for this first phase of the regeneration to be developed in four phases: Southmere Village, Binsey Walk, Coralline Walk and Sedgemere Road.
Working with Peabody and architects Proctor & Matthews, our team has supported one detailed planning application for 525 homes at Southmere Village and outline planning for Binsey Walk, Coralline Walk and Sedgemere Road delivering a further 979 units. The four planning applications were developed simultaneously for planning approval from The London Borough of Bexley to deliver 1,500 new homes.
The image of Civic Square supplied courtesy of Proctor & Matthews Architects.
Client: Black Pearl Limited
Services: Project Management (Planning Application) & Cost Consultancy
This high-quality, mixed use development comprises a 52-storey, high end residential tower with 227 apartments, a 37 storey office tower with 35,709 sq.m of floor space, a 547 room hotel and a block of 65 affordable apartments. The scheme also includes a triple-level basement, additional retail space, landscaping and a new public square at the centre of the site.
Silver’s role was to manage the detailed planning application and all stages of the Environmental Impact Assessment. This involved coordinating 16 consultants including the architect, façade engineers and microclimate consultants. Planning consent was secured in 2016.
Silver is subsequently appointed to prepare the post-planning Cost Plan.
Client: Hammersmith & Fulham Council and A2Dominion
Services: Cost Consultancy and Project Management
A joint venture between Hammersmith & Fulham Council and A2Dominion to redevelop the west side of King Street, Silver are appointed to deliver this ambitious renovation of the Town Hall and breathe new life into this part of Hammersmith. Roger Stirk Harbour + Partners, one of the world’s leading firms of architects, have been commissioned to work up this complex scheme.
The redevelopment of the Grade II Listed Hammersmith & Fulham Town Hall incorporates a two storey glass extension on top of the Town Hall, complete refurbishment of council’s existing offices space, demolition of the adjacent existing Town Hall extension and construction of approximately 205 dwellings, 10,000m2 of office space and 1,500m2 of retail space across three 5 storey blocks. This scheme will also offer a 250 seat basement cinema, office space for business start-ups and a new arts quarter alongside new cafes, shops and restaurants.
The scheme has its unique challenges such as the desire for the scheme to become an exemplar site in terms of Accessibility, Air Quality and Efficiency, which are all the highest priority for the borough.
As well as our appointment as project managers to support the planning application for the new building and refurbishment redevelopment of the Town Hall, our cost consultancy team team are commissioned to undertake cost management and planning, as well as looking after the viability of the scheme.
The image supplied courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.
Client: A2Dominion Group
Services: Employer's Agent, Cost Consultancy, Quality Management
The Exemplar is the initial phase in the development of the UK’s first Eco Town and when complete, will provide 393 highly energy-efficient homes and a village hub which includes a primary school, nursery, convenience store and business centre; creating a zero carbon community that is a first for the UK.
Silver has been involved from the beginning and has been able to work innovatively and collaboratively with A2Dominion, Cherwell District Council and other stakeholders on this Exemplar phase, in order to achieve the highest standards in sustainability.
In relation to the wider Masterplan, proposing circa 5000 homes, with commercial centres, Silver has assembled the construction Cost Plan.
Client: Prime Place
Services: Project Management (Planning Application) and Cost Consultancy
This high-end scheme proposes the delivery of 560 new build apartments across three 'staircasing' towers, the tallest of which reaches a height of 34 storeys. The scheme also includes 10,000 sq.m of office space, a double basement and ancillary spaces.
Silver’s combination of contractor and consultancy experience ensured that we had a complete understanding of the client brief and the team worked closely with the client and consultant team to manage the planning application. This needed to be completed as part of a reduced programme to align to client objectives, but was submitted within the timescale and achieved planning consent.
Our Cost Consultancy Team supported the application in terms of its viability against our client's business plan. Our Project Management Team was then able to apply their design management skills to control the costs of the selected façade system and thus contribute to the scheme’s viability.
Services: Project Management and Cost Consultancy
This scheme comprises the redevelopment of the former St, John’s Hill Estate in Clapham Junction, Wandsworth, and proposes the demolition of existing 1930s buildings, and the construction of 599 new homes, delivered over three phases.
Silver is employed to provide Project Management and Cost Consultancy for the redevelopment of Phases 2 & 3, with responsibility to support the delivery of the scheme (from planning and pre-development) by project managing the procurement, construction, handover and aftercare.
Silver have undertaken a construction cost analysis, through a systematic process of challenging the building economics, efficiencies of the net to gross and wall to floor ratios, and eliminating any unnecessary complex detailing.
Silver’s major contribution was in our ability to manage the design and procurement processes to improve the efficiency of the design and increase the number of units from 527 to 599 working within the parameters of the previous planning consent.