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Company:Hawkins Central

Project:Good Union, Cambridge

Role:Project Manager

Sam secured the opportunity to procure the Good Union project through his own initiative. He had noticed that the Church building had been sold, and contacted the new owner directly to set up a meeting on site to discuss the owner’s plans.

Upon hearing in August that a December opening of a new hospitality business within the building was planned, Sam drew up a concept plan and a draft construction programme overnight.

Promising to have building work completed within 15 weeks to allow Christmas trading, was the key factor in Sam securing the project. In order to achieve this ambitious timeframe, Sam understood that a different approach to the normal construction process would need to be implemented. He commenced the project without full working drawings, and required early engagement of all stakeholders from Day One.

The building has historical significance, and so the project brief was to retain as many original heritage design features as possible. With design and construction underway the client requested an addition of an outdoor garden bar to be built in an area previously used as a carpark. Losing the carparks created a Resource Consent issue, with the Council proposing that a payment in lieu of parking be levied. This would have led to the project becoming unviable, and so Sam engaged directly with the Council to successfully resolve.