We have been acting as employer’s agent for clients in the private and public sectors for 30 years and, in that time, the role has evolved significantly. 

The Silver Difference

If required, we can still provide traditional contract administration, but the increasing complexity of design and build projects and the interests of our clients usually demand more. That’s when our access to a wide range of professional disciplines, from construction to cost consultancy, pays dividends, enabling us to meet, and in many cases exceed, the client’s expectations.

The scope of our activities as an employer’s agent depends on the client’s circumstances and requirements. Flexibility is fundamental. Based on the brief, we will draw on the exceptional expertise we possess in house, to put together a team that incorporates the specialist skills required. The team will then take an active role for the duration of the project, monitoring costs, performance and quality, and doing whatever is necessary to ensure that the client’s project is delivered to their satisfaction.

Areas of Expertise

  • Assisting in the development of the clients brief
  • Programming, planning and logistics
  • Managing planning applications
  • Risk management
  • Value management
  • Whole-life cost appraisals
  • Procurement advice including joint venture options & development agreements
  • EU-compliant procurement
  • Project management of on-site construction projects
  • Production of detailed, fully logic-linked design and construction programmes
  • Quantity surveying
  • Risk management
  • KPI management
  • Contract dispute management
  • Project auditing
  • Bank / fund monitoring

How can we help?

Please contact Darren or Gary for more details of our Employer's Agent Service. 

Darren Holmes

BSc (Hons)

Managing Associate


Darren joined Silver in 2012. In a career of over 15 years, covering large-scale, new-build residential developments, he also has extensive experience of refurbishment and conversion projects, including high-profile, Grade II* Listed buildings.

“What has always struck me about Silver is the quality of the relationships we have with our clients. They appreciate our commitment and the quality of service but, most importantly, they trust us and know that we will always have time for them. Over the years, many of my clients have become friends. I think that speaks volumes about our client approach and service.”

Gary Lawrence

MRICS Dip.Proj.Man

Managing Associate


Gary joined Silver in 2014. With over 30 years’ construction experience working on both consultancy and client side, his role involves the project management of every stage of client schemes from inception to successful completion.

“At Silver, no two projects or clients are ever the same. Every day throws up a new challenge to keep you on your toes, working as a team means you’re never on your own in dealing with these. A problem shared really is a problem halved. As the complexity and variety of projects increase, there’s always someone in the Silver team with experience you can tap into.”

 

Related Projects

Queen’s Wharf Riverside Studios, Hammersmith

Client: Queen’s Wharf Riverside LLP
Services:
Project Management, Employer’s Agent

This stunning development, next to the Grade II listed Hammersmith Bridge on the ‘Surrey Bend’ of the Thames, is the first residential and arts complex of its size in the UK.

The involvement of Silver began with the demolition of the old Riverside Studios and derelict Queen’s Wharf Building in September 2014 and despite serious site constraints, delivery went to programme. 

The multi-use scheme, a joint venture by Mount Anvil and FABRICA by A2Dominion, brings the world-famous Riverside Studios back to life and adds 165 private apartments. The development incorporates landscaped podium gardens, state-of-the-art TV studios, community arts complex with cafés and restaurant, and a six metre wide riverside walkway and landscaped park area. It also includes a double basement and a CHP serving the apartments and the arts complex.

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Bristol Harbourside Regeneration

Client: A2Dominion Group
Services: Employer's Agent and Quality Management

Over the last decade, the major regeneration of Bristol’s Harbourside has transformed the city’s historic but neglected waterfront, creating a thriving hub where people want to live and businesses thrive. The regeneration has been led by house builders including Crest Nicholson who have been helping Bristol to achieve its housing targets since 2010.

Silver has worked with the project partnership of A2Dominion and Crest Nicholson to help them deliver their Build to Rent schemes on programme. This has included the phased handover of four developments – the Invicta, Canonsgate, Dean Court and Redcliffe, which together deliver approximately 280 new homes for private rent, including student accommodation.

Silver are appointed as Employer's Agent, with the scope extended to monitor quality, ensuring A2Dominion assets are built to their high quality standards and design specifications.

Kampus, Manchester

Client: Capital & Centric/Henry Boot Developments
Service: Employers Agent

Kampus is an exciting Manchester city-centre development by Ares, Capital & Centric and Henry Boot.

The proposals will transform this canalside site into a vibrant destination, complete with 538 build to rent apartments, leisure facilities, cafes/restaurants, and gardens/public realm.

The scheme is currently under construction, and Silver is appointed as Employers Agent to support our client in relation to procurement, cost and construction.

Thames Street, Oxford, Residential and Student Accommodation

Client: A2Dominion Group
Services: Employer's Agent and Quality Management

This is a mixed-use scheme comprising 42 residential apartments across three blocks, with a separate block for student accommodation (82 student rooms with ancillary services).

The construction of this exemplar scheme in Oxford used offsite pre-fabricated products as described below:

  • A timber frame system from Austria (Elk). The windows and internal plasterboard supplied as factory fitted components.
  • Pre designed service zones for M&E fabricated offsite in a controlled environment. Quality control of these components undertaken before transporting to site.
  • Bathroom and kitchen pods.

As the site is very confined and situated on a major road with traffic restrictions into the centre of Oxford, the use of offsite prefabricated components was smoother logistically and overcame the lack of provision for material storage.

In addition, the accelerated build within a 12 month programme delivered handover of the student accommodation block in time for the start of the university semester.

Keybridge, Vauxhall, Landmark Development

Client: Keybridge House LLP
Services: Employer's Agent and Quality Management

This landmark development at the heart of a regenerated Vauxhall delivers 470 high-end residential apartments, including 165 Build to Rent, in five blocks. One of the blocks, at 37 storeys, will feature the UK’s tallest brick façade. The scheme includes commercial space at the base of the residential blocks, a gym with swimming pool, landscaped gardens and a new public square.

The project involved the demolition of Keybridge House, a five-storey podium and 16-storey tower, whilst retaining, adapting and incorporating its double basement in to the new scheme. Previously owned by BT and once the world’s largest international digital telephone exchange; as the basement was reinforced with abnormal concrete slabs, the main tower incorporated asbestos within its structure and the site is close to a railway viaduct. The project presented a number of challenges.

A second phase is the subject of a planning consent, proposing the retention of a double basement and erection of a ground plus 18 storey building to provide a mixed use development with 125 residential units and school campus. 

NW Bicester Exemplar Phase, Oxfordshire

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.

 

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Arlington Lofts, Camden, Old Building Repurposed

Client: A2Dominion Group
Services: Employer’s Agent, Quality Management, Principal Designer

This predominantly new build development, delivering 21 new apartments, incorporates two detailed brick façades from a 1930s electrical substation, a prime example of Camden’s rich architectural heritage. This project plays to the strengths of our team with their wide experience in both contemporary and historic buildings.

The challenges of working within the confines of an existing structure were addressed by first demolishing the interior, whilst retaining the roof. This allowed building work to continue inside the shell until the old roof was eventually removed.

St John's Church Grounds, BREEAM 2012 Award

Client: LHA-ASRA Group
Services: Employer's Agent and Quality Management

This unique and complex, low carbon development provides 20 new, mixed tenure homes, a modern and flexible community centre and a net zero carbon vicarage. The buildings are arranged around a new street which draws in the existing Grade II Listed church.

Putting sustainability first

Sustainability was key throughout the whole St John’s Church scheme. The new vicarage became the first in the UK to achieve a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6 and went on to receive a BREEAM 2012 Award for the ‘Highest Code for Sustainable Homes Score’. The new homes - 12, two-bedroom apartments and eight, four-bedroom family houses arranged in two blocks and two terraces – have all achieved Level 4. A range of renewable technologies were deployed across the development, including PV panels and rainwater harvesting systems.

Construction work was phased to allow the vicar to remain in residence throughout, moving into the new vicarage as soon as it was built, in order to free up the rest of the site.

 

Countess of Wessex House, Homes for Veterans

Client: Stoll
Services: Employer’s Agent and CDM Coordinator

Stoll provides housing and rehabilitative support to vulnerable and disabled ex-service men and women offering the holistic support needed to integrate some of the most vulnerable veterans back into civilian life.

Countess of Wessex House, named after the charity’s patron, has 36 new homes, with communal facilities that include a training room and community hall. A de-centralised energy system comprises a CHP system with back-up gas boilers. The building is surrounded by a beautifully landscaped and tranquil Therapeutic Garden which includes sheds and a state-of-the-art greenhouse.

Silver identified this ‘off-market’ site and worked closely with the client and the London Borough of Hounslow to achieve the necessary architect planning permission, then acted as Employer’s Agent and CDM Coordinator until the development was completed. 

The image supplied courtesy of Bugler Developments Ltd.

Wavy Gate, Oxford, Student Accommodation

Client: A2Dominion Group
Services: Employer's Agent, Quality Management and Party Wall.

This scheme, so named by local school children after its distinctive "wavy gate" entrance design is situated in the heart of Oxford. Comprises 190 fully furnished, ensuite student rooms, a central landscaped courtyard acting as a communal area for students to socialise.

Given budget constraints, initial cost estimates based on a reinforced concrete frame questioned the development’s viability. It was therefore decided to use a prefabricated timber frame system which could save time and cut costs by around 9%. Silver visited EBS Elk’s main manufacturing plant in Austria with our client’s Development Team to acquire a 360 degree understanding of the component structure, process and ultimate sustainability of the building. Construction of both three and four-storey buildings, which covered 60,000 sq.ft., took only 10 weeks to achieve complete water tightness and which included installation of bathroom pods. Overall the project build took ten months from formation of ground floor slab to occupation.

With over 30 adjoining residential properties, party wall matters had to be addressed at the earliest possible stage to avoid delays. Our experienced party wall surveyors acted proactively, extending our role to act as Building Owners Surveyor, undertaking and issuing the necessary Awards within a tight, three month timeframe.

Acton Town Hall, Refurbishment & New Build

Client: One Housing Group
Services: Employer’s Agent and Quality Management

This regeneration in the Borough of Ealing involves the redevelopment of the original Grade II Listed Acton Town Hall to provide a total of 71 residential units.

Works include the partial demolition of the building’s rear elevation, retention of the façades fronting High Street and Winchester Street, a roof extension, internal and external alterations plus the erection of a new residential building, landscaping, refuse and cycle storage.

Mote Park, Maidstone

Client: Maidstone Borough Council
Service: Employer’s Agent

 

This project incorporates various improvement projects within the Grade II Listed park.

Improvements include:

  • A new adventure zone and car parking facilities to cater for the high number of users during holiday periods.
  • A new visitors centre to improve the whole park user experience.
  • New facilities for estate services who are to be relocated to minimise impact on the park user experience.

We are advising on procurement, contractor selection and managing the works packages through to completion.

Artist impression of Mote Park provided courtesy of Allen Scott Landscape Architecture.

Elmgrove Point, Plumstead High Rise Living

Client: asra Housing Group
Services: Employer’s Agent, CDM-C, Quality Management and Party Wall

Elmgrove Point comprises a 20 storey tower block, accommodating 119 high quality affordable homes with a children’s play area, winter garden, concierge facilities and commercial space on the ground floor.

This project represented a flagship development for our client, asra Housing, who accept their experience of such a high density development and such a high number of apartments, was beyond any previous achievements. Our investment of considerable time in ensuring robust Employers Requirements that had due regard to the life cycle and future management of such a high density, high rise development proved invaluable to the project success.

Elmgrove Point was completed three months ahead of programme, within contract sum and attained zero defects at completion. We believe a key factor to the success of the project was due to the  thorough approach employed by our Employer’s Agent and Quality Management team, their attention to detail, experience, effective leadership of the snagging team and tracking recording of snags during this process.  In recognition, the Contractor, GallifordTry, nominated Silver for an ICWCI Quality Award and we received a Commended Award.

Gunmakers Wharf, Award-winning residential scheme

Client: A2Dominion Group
Services: Employer’s Agent, Quality Management & Party Wall

This award-winning 121-home development, built next to Victoria Park and the Hertford Union Canal, has transformed a derelict paint factory to deliver residential homes and commercial units. Silver delivered an enhanced Employer’s Agent role which included support to our clients sales launch, project managing the delivery of the Sales Complex.

Within the short pre-contract programme, Silver led a design review, which challenged planning approved designs and applied layout, specification and material modifications, all with an objective of maximising sales and market rent revenues. This review was completed successfully avoiding a planning re-submission, and was aligned with robust bespoke contract provisions, negotiated with the selected contractor.

To achieve the programme requirements, Silver led a fast-track process in relation to various enabling works constrained by Olympic Games highway restrictions.  Silver achieved agreement to facilitate the construction of a new site entrance crossover and completion of service installations within highways, which prohibited any construction from April 2012 to completion of the Olympic Games.

Silver was also appointed to negotiate all adjoining owner licence requirements, and to act as Building Owners Surveyor in discharging their duties under the Party Wall etc Act 1996.

 

 

CQ London, E14

Client: A2Dominion Group
Services: Employer’s Agent, Quality Management and Party Wall Services

This scheme comprised the redevelopment of a former brownfield site, to provide 319 mixed tenure dwellings and commercial space (to shell and core) within seven blocks of between 4 and 14 storeys, including part basement, incorporating car-parking and an energy centre.

Our scope included:

  • Design audit management of the inherited planning consent to achieve technical compliance.
  • Design management of an optimisation process.
  • Direct third-party negotiations with Transport for London; the Environment Agency; EDF; and London Borough of Tower Hamlets, in relation to various site constraints.
  • Cost planning aligned to a Business Land Appraisal.
  • Employers Agent procurement, contract assembly, construction phase services.
  • Quality Management.
  • Aftercare management.
  • Negotiation of crane oversail and scaffold licences with adjoining owners.
  • Agreement of multiple Party Wall Awards on behalf of the Building Owner, demolition, substructure works and boundary treatments.

Some key features include:

  • Extra High Voltage cable diversion.
  • TfL negotiation in relation to existing red route.
  • Significant S278 Highway works.
  • UXO risk management.
  • 14 storeys.
  • Substantial basement.
  • Energy Centre incorporating gas CHP and communal boilers, serving a district heat network.
  • Photovoltaic technology.
  • Underground refuse system.

 

100 Park Village East, Camden

Client: Notting Hill Housing
Services: Employer’s Agent and Party Wall 

This scheme comprised the redevelopment of a former education facility, to provide 41 high quality mixed tenure dwellings (22 for private sale), including part basement, incorporating an energy centre.

Silver placed great emphasis on delivering a scheme to provide all residents with homes constructed to the highest level of housing standards and quality.

Our scope included:

  • Project management of the planning application.
  • Design management of an optimisation process.
  • Cost planning aligned to the clients Business Land Appraisal.
  • Employers Agent procurement, contract assembly and construction phase services.
  • Negotiation of crane oversail and scaffold licences with adjoining owners.
  • Agreement of multiple Party Wall Awards on behalf of the Building Owner for demolition and substructure works, and boundary treatments.

Some key features include:

  • Basement incorporating energy centre.
  • Biomass technologies.
  • Constrained site.
  • Buried services.

85 Canonbury Road, Islington

Client: Notting Hill Housing
Service: Employers Agent

This scheme comprised the redevelopment of a former garage and car-park, to provide 90 high quality homes, including 11 townhouses and 79 apartments.

85 Canonbury Road is a prominent triangular site, and the new buildings are arranged as perimeter blocks providing a continuous street frontage, with residents able to enjoy a beautifully landscaped private courtyard.

Our scope included:

  • Project management of the planning application.
  • Design management of an optimisation process.
  • Cost planning.
  • Employers Agent procurement, contract assembly and construction phase services.
  • Direct third-party negotiations with Network Rail; London Underground; Transport for London; and London Borough of Islington, in relation to various site constraints.
  • Employers Agent procurement, contract assembly and construction phase services.

Some key project features include:

  • London Underground tunnel beneath the site (Victoria Line).
  • Great Eastern Railway tunnel and access shaft beneath the site.
  • TfL negotiation in relation to existing red route.
  • Extensive S278 works.
  • Substantial basement.
  • Energy Centre incorporating gas CHP and communal boilers, serving a district heat network.
  • Acoustic restrictions in relation to adjacent Union Chapel.
  • Construction logistic constraints.

 

Pond House, Hackney Refurbishment & New Build

Client: One Housing Group
Service: Employer’s Agent and Quality Management

Pond House is a four-storey detached house with adjacent Coach House, on the Lower Clapham Road. It is one of Hackney’s finest late Georgian houses.

An important part of Hackney’s historic environment, the renovation to Pond House is sympathetic and retains the 18th century appearance and character, protecting the future of this period building for many years to come.

The refurbishment creates four new private apartments with the adjoining Grade II listed Coach House converted into a family home. A further six family sized homes have been built in the estate grounds.

Silver was appointed to provide Employer’s Agent and Quality Management services from pre-acquisition stage, through to completion on site. The scope and nature of the works required extensive liaison and approvals from English Heritage prior to and during the course of the project, with the need to engage with local councillors and interest groups.

We have successfully delivered the strategic and quality components of this development, and are extremely privileged to have been involved in the conservation and development of Pond House.

Testament to the success of the scheme was given by the local councillor:

‘It was wonderful to see what can be done professionally to restore such a heritage building. OHG have done an excellent job and it's a model for other owners of heritage buildings”