London Institute of Medical Sciences

Project summary

Briggs & Forrester

London Institute of Medical Sciences

2021 – 2022


Project story

In 2017 the Medical Research Council and Imperial College London announced a joint project to build a new home for the MRC LMS on the former Cyclotron site. The brief for the new building was to create 12,000sqm of advanced research facilities in an environment which will provide a new home for the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences and promote collaboration between all building users.  

Briggs & Forrester Engineering Services were awarded the Design & Build contract to deliver the Mechanical & Electrical fitout works on the new eight storey building in Hammersmith. The building will feature highly complex and technically demanding M&E services to support level 2 laboratories, in-vitro imaging areas and core biotechnology services facilities. 

Services Provided



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Handover Interfaces

The opportunity

During the pre-construction and construction phase of the project, Briggs & Forrester Engineering Services required a detailed NEC compliant schedule allowing them to effectively plan the work whilst keeping track of progress, client changes, issues and delays.

The schedule needed to incorporate the full scope of Design, Procurement, Install and Commissioning works across eight floors including several large and complex plant rooms, as well as a robust sequence for Home Office Validation. The schedule also needed to be coordinated with the main contractors works including key interfaces with various builder’s work activities. Not only this, but the client was open to exploring innovative solutions to help plan and actively manage the work.

The solution

We delivered a planning & scheduling solution that went beyond the expected quality, providing NEC contract planning, 4D planning and 360° reality capture expertise.

CMR developed a resource loaded initial clause 31 programme as well as managed weekly progress updates to the schedule for subsequent clause 32 and impact programme submissions.

CMR also provided 4D planning support to ensure works were realistically planned and coordinated between trades in complex and critical plantrooms comprising services critical to the commissioning programme (boilers, chillers, air handling units, generators, life safety switchboard etc). 4D Workshops and meetings were held with the site team to review and discuss the initial sequence of activities such as plant deliveries, material storage areas and phasing of services install. Outputs were produced in the form of day-by-day snapshots as well as animations which were shared with the team.

Due to tight deadlines and fast-paced nature of the project CMR also implemented 360° reality capture software to improve the workflow of capturing and comparing site progress over time. CMR carried out scans every week and stored the captures in an online database. These were then accessed remotely through a web-based portal. The solution enabled the team to virtually walk all areas of the site in 360° (like Google Streetview but for the construction site!).

  • "CMR's commercial nous and NEC contract planning expertise is second to none, and their proficiency in scheduling & 4D planning tools such as Asta and Synchro enabled active management and clear communication of the programme.

    I have been impressed by Roheels ability to handle some difficult situations calmly and professionally, even with the toughest challenges his remit prevails. This natural skill of his has been noticed by the project team and client.

    CMR are a valuable asset to our team!"
    Brendan Pedley / Lead Project Manager Briggs & Forrester

The impact

The client was able to meet their contractual obligation for the regular submission of a clause 32 programme. Weekly progress updates allowed the team to monitor the schedule closely and keep track of potential delays. The Completion Date was also kept protected as the impact of changes and delays were dealt with appropriately.

4D planning helped mitigate a 6-week access delay and impact on Planned Completion. It also generated greater confidence in the programme for complex areas such as plant rooms.

The 360 reality captures eliminated ambiguity and uncertainty around progress claimed. The captures also improved the quality of progress reports as they were evidenced with indisputable timestamped pictures from site.

For more info contact

Roheel Babla

Senior Consultant