Projects

Blackrock Expert Services experts have advised on an extensive range of projects. Some examples of our work include:

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University District Development

Phase 1 of the North West Cambridge Development comprised the development of a new district for the University of Cambridge on a 150 hectare site. The first phase of the development involved the delivery of: – Major infrastructure (roads, landscaping & public space and underground utility networks); – Common facilities (Community Centre, Primary School, Nursery, Supermarket and Retail Units); plus – Housing for University and College Staff, Post Graduate Students and Housing to Market.

Blackrock Expert Services provided independent, technical and strategic project management advice and project progress monitoring in order to assist the University’s management team in minimising key project risks

Power Station

A large, greenfield, coal-fired power plant project.

David Barry was appointed as part of a dispute Adjudication board (DAB); an impartial and independent panel appointed to give decisions on and settle disputes, thoughout the course of the project.

Power Station

A coal-fired power plant project including power station buildings, administrative buildings, roads and a high-voltage yard.

Rob Palles-Clark was appointed as part of a dispute Adjudication board (DAB); an impartial and independent panel appointed to give decisions on and settle disputes, throughout the course of the project.

Multi-purpose off-shore vessel

Design and build of a multi-purpose off-shore construction vessel, where design and programme delays led to eventual termination of the contract by the employer.

Blackrock Expert Services was instructed to produce a critical path analysis and delay and quantum independent expert reports on the issues experienced during the project.

Cambridge Guided Bus

Blackrock Expert Services was appointed to produce an independent expert report on the delays experienced on the project.

The Contractor was claiming an additional £70 million. Blackrock Expert Services presented its findings at a mediation and the parties agreed to settle the dispute, with the Contractor repaying £33m to Cambridge County Council.

Major Skyscraper

The Shard skyscraper, the tallest building in the UK.

Blackrock Expert Services was appointed as independent delay expert for a litigation hearing in TCC.

Major Roadway

Construction of a six-lane, limited access highway, including tunnels.

Blackrock Expert Services was instructed to provide independent expert advice in the disciplines of construction programming, which required a detailed critical path analysis of the framework contract scope of works and preparation of an independent expert report.

Town Centre Transportation Package

Roadway refurbishment undertaken on a live road network.

Blackrock Expert Services prepared an independent expert report on the project delay and extension of time entitlement for an Adjudication hearing.

Retail & Commercial Premises

Retained facade redevelopment of a retail and commercial premises.

Blackrock Expert Services provided an independent expert analysis on the construction delays and extension of time claim.

Hydropower Scheme

A run of river hydroelectric generating scheme.

Blackrock Expert Services was instructed as independent expert witness to produce a report on programming and critical delay to the project, as well as a critique of the expert evidence submitted by the opposing party.

Coal-fired Power Plant

A three unit, coal-fired power plant, with each unit of the plant comprising a circulating fluidised bed (CFB) boiler with a high pressure superheated steam capacity and a steam turbine generator.

Blackrock Expert Services analysed the project delays and produced an independent expert report for an ICC Arbitration.

Mail Centre

Building refurbishments on a mail centre, which was previously operated as one of the largest mail sorting centres in the world.

Blackrock Expert Services was appointed to produce a delay expert report for an Adjudication hearing.

Listed Building

A live £45 million listed building fit-out in a major city centre.

Blackrock Expert Services was required to provide independent, technical and strategic project management advice and progress monitoring to aid with construction management and dispute avoidance.

International Airport

Development of a major international airport, including roads, runways, taxiways, aprons, utilities and buildings.

Blackrock Expert Services was appointed to produce an independent expert report on critical delay and disruption for an ICC Arbitration hearing.

Single Story Hospital

A single story hospital comprising two zones and including an outpatient clinic, pharmacy, hospital, audiology, x-ray department and catering facilities. Key issues included: adverse weather conditions; weather tightness; steelwork delay; water ingress; and MEP requirements.

Blackrock Expert Services undertook a detailed review of the site diaries and other available contemporaneous information to deduce the as-built programme and actual critical path. These were used to produce a independent delay analysis report, which resulted in a favourable outcome for our Client.

Commercial Mix-use Development

Construction of a mixed-use development containing a hotel, apartments and a shopping mall.

Blackrock Expert Services was appointed to provide quantum independent expert advice on disputed variations, extension of time costs, and final account measurements.

Major Roadway

Construction of a major roadway, where key issues included: disputed measurement of bills; termination of the main contractor; and disputed variations.

Blackrock Expert Services was appointed to produce a quantum independent expert report for the contractor when the dispute progressed to an ICC Arbitration.

Airport Maintenance Hangar

Construction of an airport maintenance hangar as part of a major international airport expansion project.

Blackrock Expert Services was appointed to produce a delay and quantum independent expert report for an ICC Arbitration regarding disruption and delay to the project.

Modularised Hotel

A modularised hotel comprising 215 hotel rooms and 29 apartments. Key issues included: change of scope; shell and prefabricated modules; additional scope; and disruption.

Blackrock Expert Services prepared a daily design, manufacture and installation as-built programme, and detailed progress curves were produced and analysed for an Adjudication hearing.

Wind Farm

30Mw on-shore wind farm.

Blackrock Expert Services produced an independent expert report for an Adjudication regarding project delay and an extension of time claim.

Port Container Terminal

A three phase extension of a container terminal including construction of a new jetty and upgrading of the existing wharf, which was terminated.

Blackrock Expert Services was instructed to produce delay and quantum independent expert reports on: project delay and disruption; costs incurred pursuant to termination; and post termination costs.

Industrial Research Facility

Complex building envelope for a large petroleum research facility.

Blackrock Expert Services prepared an independent expert report and analysis of critical delay and disruption for an ICC Arbitration hearing.

Urban Regeneration Project

Mixed-use urban regeneration project consisting of 5 buildings, with total site area of 5.8 acres, comprising commercial, residential and retail space. Key issues included: change of scope; permit and licence requirements; steelwork issues; and late party wall agreement.

Blackrock Expert Services provided a detailed comparison between the status and progress achieved in each building at periodic points of time, as well as analysing the remaining duration and projection to establish the actual critical path of the project. A report was then produced, determining the critical activities that led to the project delay.

Mixed-use Development

Refurbishment of a mixed-use development including a new central core refurbishment of 5 floors and construction of an additional floor, where the project experienced adverse ground conditions and partywall issues.

Blackrock Expert Services advised on the contractor’s entitlement to an extension of time.

 

Combined Cycle Power Plant

A combined cycle electricity power plant and desalination facility.

With over $200 million in dispute, Blackrock Expert Services analysed the project delays and produced an independent expert report for an ICC Arbitration.

Oil & Gas Processing Plant

High value construction project involving six initial production facilities to process crude oil, water and gas from wells on three different sites, to increase the oil production capacity of an oil field development.

Blackrock Expert Services prepared a report which reviewed the approach and methodology of the opposing party’s delay analysis.  Further to this review, Blackrock Expert Services identified the flaws and inconsistencies within the opposing delay analysis report and provided comments on our Client’s internal analysis of the same issues.

Submicron Semiconductor Production Line

Extension to and construction of a new Submicron Semiconductor production line.

Blackrock Expert Services produced a joint delay and quantum independent expert report, plus responsive report, for ICC and SCC Arbitrations.

Medical & Research Centre

World class hospital and medical research facility.

Blackrock Expert Services provided delay and quantum independent expert advice on all aspects of termination proceedings including validity of term, original cost verification and costs to completion.

Waste Water Plant

Construction of a waste water plant in the UK.

Blackrock Expert Services was instructed to assess the overrun of costs due to construction defects.

Mineral Processing Plant

Mineral processing plant on the site of an open-cut copper mine.

Blackrock Expert Services was required to evaluate the performance of an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor and prepare a report for an LCIA Arbitration.

Urban Building Development

Large urban mixed-use building refurbishment in a major city centre.

Blackrock Expert Services was appointed to produce an independent expert report addressing the critical delays to completion for an adjudication hearing.

Gas Liquefaction Plant

A gas liquefaction plant where a dispute arose between the Main Contractor and one of their Subcontractors on a re-measurement contract.

Blackrock Expert Services was required to ascertain the relevant, contemporaneous documentation, analyse multiple heads of claim, and comment on incorrect claimed values.

Through a clear and concise expert report, and efficient and comprehensible responses under cross examination, the tribunal was able to make well reasoned decisions and adopted the values and opinions put forward by Blackrock Expert Services.

 

Listed Building

Rebuilding of a listed building following the collapse of a partywall.

Blackrock Expert Services’s expert provided independent expert advice on rebuilding costs and settlement.

Residential Development

Development comprising 18 new build luxury apartments, split between two blocks, where various design defects were alleged in both the roof and various balconies.

Blackrock Expert Services was instructed to investigate and report on the reasonableness of the costs incurred in repairing the alleged defects, as well as costing the alternative remedial works which had been suggested.

International Airport

Supply and installation of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) works to a major international airport, where key issues included: termination of the MEP subcontractor; disputed valuation of the works at termination; delay and disruption; and loss of office overheads.

Blackrock Expert Services was appointed to produce a quantum independent expert report for an Arbitration hearing regarding termination of the project and valuation of the works.

Closed Cycle Power Plant

Conversion of an open cycle power plant into closed cycle power plant by installing a steam turbine to work alongside the two existing gas turbines. Key issues included complex concurrency between an employer delay event and a contractor delay event, and uncertainty about the status of the works due to project being live and the works being underwater.

Blackrock Expert Services provided a detailed review and critique of the opposing party’s expert report, as well as a time impact analysis of the project delays.

Art Gallery

Extension of an iconic art gallery with a complex facade.

Blackrock Expert Services’s independent expert advice was used for negotiations with the subcontractor regarding facade design, construction issues, and contractual amendments.

On-shore Oil Tank Farm

Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of an on-shore oil tank farm with associated pump station, substation, control and administration buildings, and truck loading facilities with a net capacity of 630,000m³, together with a jetty extending 1.5 km offshore including all topside facilities, mooring and loading platforms, marine loading arms (MLAs) and associated pipework and civil works. The works were also to include necessary soil investigations, pile testing, dredging and partial reclamation of the shore to accommodate jetty support facilities.

Blackrock Expert Services was instructed to produce an independent expert report on the issues of: variations; extension of time; design changes; and delay.

High-end Residential Accommodation

Refurbishment of an eight-storey hotel into a high-end residential accommodation in a prime city centre location. The existing roof and level-eight structure were to be demolished, with two new steel framed timber floors added. As part of the scheme the facade was to be retained, and a live business on the ground floor was to remain unaffected throughout the project. Key issues included: steel design; unknown existing structural defects; and complex design issues.

Blackrock Expert Services provided an independent expert opinion as to what extent mitigation measures implemented by the contractor contributed, or not, to the remediate project delay.

Sewer Replacement

Remedial works on a section of sewer owing to a concrete blockage which occurred when installing a retaining wall to protect nearby cliff side properties from rock falls.

Blackrock Expert Services was instructed to produce a quantity surveying independent expert report assessing the costs incurred as a result of sewer replacement works.

Leisure & Youth Centre

A leisure and youth centre development where a dispute arose regarding delay and disruption to the project.

Blackrock Expert Services prepared an independent expert report analysing the critical delay incurred in preparation for a pending ICC Arbitration.

Television Studios

Defective steelwork discovered within a newly built television studios whilst the works on-site were being completed. Works had been procured on a Construction Management Basis with the Employer appointing each of the parties (design team, consultants and Trade Contractors) separately.

Blackrock Expert Services was required to identify the actual critical path of the project, and the specific costs of each of the parties involved, that came as a result of the defective steelwork design issue. Through meetings with the Employer and their professional team and a thorough review of the correspondence disclosed, Blackrock Expert Services was able to trace applicable costs to the precise issue under a variety of heads of claim and avoided the use of ‘global assessments’ which would have otherwise not assisted the court.

Grade II Listed Building

Redevelopment of a Grade II listed building in a major city centre, where defective groundworks and site investigation flaws delayed project progress.

Blackrock Expert Services advised our client on their entitlement to an extension of time for the purpose of negotiations.

Commercial Mix-use Premises

Multi-story building that underwent substantial structural and internal refurbishment by the landlord while the existing sitting tenant ran a successful business from the ground-floor premises. The tenant took proceedings against the landlord for disruption due to extended duration of the works.

Blackrock Expert Services provided an independent expert report on good project management practice for a project of this type, and what would be traditionally expected by contractors on similar projects.

Rail Project

Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) rail project including the construction of a train maintenance depot, satellite sidings, head shunt and an accommodation block. Key issues included limited access and limited working hours due to isolation problems.

Blackrock Expert Services produced an independent expert report on the project delay for an Adjudication hearing on an extension of time claim.

Residential Development

Remediation works to fire and subsequently flood damaged residential development.

Blackrock Expert Services was instructed to advise on the costs which related to fire damage, the costs which related to flood damage, and the reasonableness of the costs incurred.

Airport Terminal & Links

Construction of a new terminal and links to an existing airport, where the project was terminated.

Blackrock Expert Services was instructed to provide a claims analysis regarding which payments had been made and how much work had been completed by the contractor before suspension of the works.

Multi-story Office Building

Refurbishment of multiple floors of an office building where design issues and logistics caused delay and disruption.

Blackrock Expert Services provided independent expert witness evidence in relation to an extension of time claim on five relevant delay events.

Underground Civils Works

Construction of the main underground civils works to a pumped-storage power station, including intake pipework, power house complexes and mains access tunnels. Key issues included: NEC principle dispute on valuation methodology; challenge to adjudicator’s decisions; and disputed variations.

Blackrock Expert Services was appointed to provide quantum independent expert witness services.

Biogas Plant

Biogas plant to convert waste material into gas to be supplied to the national grid, where the project experienced equipment issues and feedstock deficiencies.

Blackrock Expert Services provided a preliminary review of the contractor’s entitlement to an extension of time, which had a direct bearing on the validity of the termination of the contract.

Piping Refurbishment

On-shore to off-shore piping refurbishment for tanker loading from an oil refinery, where the project experienced design issues.

Blackrock Expert Services advised our client on how to construct its statement of case.

Building Refurbishment

Refurbishment of existing buildings into a distillery, including associated mechanical and electrical (M&E) works.

Blackrock Expert Services was appointed as Adjudicator in a dispute regarding breach of contract and payment of notified sums.

Mixed-use Skyscraper

A multi-story mixed-use development in the UAE, consisting of a complex of three towers, where the project was terminated following slow progress to the works.

Blackrock Expert Services was appointed as both programming and quantum expert to investigate the delay to each of the contractual milestones, and the incurred costs.