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Nov 2017  Robert Simmons appointed to lead QS Practice

We are delighted to welcome Robert Simmons to Schofield Lothian. Following a prolonged search, the Board has appointed Robert as the new Practice Leader for our Quantity Surveying Practice.

Robert will work with our construction and infrastructure Clients across our three market sectors to ensure consistent delivery of our added-value professional QS services including cost management, cost auditing and contract procurement. He will lead and manage our large QS Practice, to achieve annual objectives and implement the initiatives in the business plan.

Robert has over 25 years UK and international experience across several sectors of the industry working for both contractor and consultant businesses. Recently Robert was focused on the international construction and infrastructure sectors and has been involved with a number of globally recognised key projects.  Robert has also acted as expert witness and provided commercial and project control leadership to teams for a number of global clients.

For more information please contact Kevin Corcoran via


Sept 2017   58th in the Building Magazine Top 150 Consultants

We are delighted to announce that we have advanced another 5 places to 58th overall in the 2017 Top 150 Consultants survey, published by Building Magazine.

This is the fourth consecutive year we have increased our position, which is a great reflection on the excellent work all our consultants are continuing to do and deliver added-value professional services to our Clients. We have moved from 81st to 67th to 63rd to 58th this year.

Each year Building Magazine surveys and publishes a list of the top consultants in our industry, including Consultants, Quantity Surveyors, Project Managers, Engineers and Architects. This year we are …

  • 58th in the overall Top 150 Consultants
  • 19th in the Top 50 Quantity Surveyors
  • 22nd in the Top 50 Project Managers

Thank you to all our Staff, Partners, Suppliers and Clients.

For further information please contact Leo McAuliffe, Executive Director,


Sept 2017  Schofield Lothian becomes APM Corporate Affiliate

We are delighted to have become a Corporate Affiliate of the Association for Project Management.

As the Chartered body for the project profession, APM is committed to the progression and development of project management capability, recognising the important role that corporates must play in this development. The APM Corporate Partnership Programme will drive positive change for organisations with a passion for project management, providing them with a consistent approach and common language for their own project management community through access to APM’s digital resources.

For further information on APM and our PM services please contact Steve Foxley, Director of Project Management,


Sept 2017  We have moved to New Offices at 15 Old Bailey

Schofield Lothian has moved to new offices in Old Bailey, located in the City of London close to St Paul’s. Following a period of growth and expansion, we now require additional space and the flexibility to grow further.

Commenting on the new offices, Leo McAuliffe, Executive Director, said: “These larger open plan offices will allow greater co-operation & communication between our six service areas, increased collaboration & teamwork on our large projects, while remaining in central London close to our Clients”.

We are on the second floor of this stand alone building with close London Transport connections via St Paul’s, City Thameslink, Blackfriars, Farringdon and Barbican.

The building, on the north end of Old Bailey, was constructed in 1874 as the Spiers and Pond’s ‘Holborn Viaduct Hotel’ (incidentally the first hotel with electric lighting) to the design of Evans Cronk, in a similar French Renaissance style to the Grosvenor Hotel, Victoria.

Our telephone number will remain the same: 020 7842 0920.

Our new address is: Schofield Lothian Limited, 15 Old Bailey, London EC4M 7EF.


July 2017  Contractor Notifications

The 2017 Construction Law Review, by the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (ICES), recently published an article on ‘Contractor Notifications’ (p50-52), by one of our Principal Consultants, Alan Williamson.

The article outlines suggested interpretations of how to overcome the uncertainties that currently exist, where express time periods for the contractor to notify of the Project Manager’s failure to respond to notifications which are not expressly stated within the conditions of contract. If the Project Manager does not notify his/her decision, the Contractor may notify the Project Manager of his/her failure. Further failure to respond to this reminder is deemed acceptance.

For further information on this or any of our Contract Services, please contact Mike Upton,


June 2017  Thameslink wins highest CEEQUAL Environmental Award

Schofield Lothian plays a major part in helping the Thameslink’s Bermondsey Dive Under Project (BDU) being awarded the CEEQUAL Whole Project Award, with a score of 96.6% (categorised as Excellent).

The Bermondsey Dive Under Project is part of the Thameslink Programme. It is a brand new junction at Bermondsey to help untangle the tracks on the approach to London Bridge station and reduce delays. The project involved demolition and reconstruction of the 180 year old brick arch viaducts to create new infrastructure that allows south east London services to ‘dive under’ the Thameslink lines unimpeded.

Kirsten Velthuis, Associate Director Environment & Sustainability, Schofield Lothian was engaged by Network Rail as the CEEQUAL Assessor for the Bermondsey Dive Under, said:  “We are absolutely thrilled to have won this award. Key to this achievement has been a truly collaborative approach with the designers and contractor, which has led to significant design interventions reducing materials, waste, carbon and cost. Our extensive community engagement programme has left a positive legacy in the local area, and we also achieved biodiversity net positive within the project boundary which is a significant achievement. To have obtained the highest CEEQUAL award score for a completed Thameslink project is a fantastic outcome.”

If you have any questions or require further information, please contact Richard Ambrose


Apr 2017  4D Visualisation Project Management

4D digital planning is a visualisation process that combines both graphical and non-graphical project information related to time, resource and logistics management.

  • QSRA through virtual construction
  • Improve safety planning and communication, plus identifying and mitigating risks
  • Improve design management through a virtual IDC process allowing a swift and accurate comparison of different design options

Our experience includes: Gravesend Station Remodelling, Waterloo Station Capacity Upgrade Programme, East Kent Re-signalling and projects in IP Signalling Southern

4D visualisation planning with its inbuilt links to design, schedule and logistics information, ultimately leads to more robust delivery strategies and project outcomes.

For more information on how 4D can benefit your project, please contact: Steve Foxley, Director, Project Management & Rail, 07583-219959 or


Mar 2017  Great Feedback from our Client Satisfaction Survey

We have received great feedback and some excellent compliments as part of our Client Satisfaction Survey. As part of our ISO accreditations we carryout regular surveys to get feedback and ideas for continuous improvement.

  • Eleven named Consultants get highest rating in service delivery
  • Our Quality of Work, Technical Knowledge and Relevant Experience get top performance marks
  • Great ideas for continuous improvement

We also received a number of very complimentary quotes from some of the Clients, including …

  • “… her performance really has been outstanding and she has showed a very high level of commitment”
  • When asked about team performance … “Their management of their team and ability to deal with any issues that arise quickly”
  • “We’ve had a very positive relationship with Schofield Lothian and I look forward to working with you again in the future.”

Our survey was conducted during February 2017 and sent to Clients whom we delivered professional services to during 2016. We are accredited to ISO 9001 Quality, ISO 14001 Environment and ISO 18001 Health & Safety, as well as IIP Investors in People.

For more information please contact Leo McAuliffe, Executive Director,


Mar 2017  Join us at MIPIM Property event

We are delighted to be attending MIPIM again this year, from 14-17th March in Cannes, France. MIPIM is the annual global gathering for property professionals.

Join us at the LONDON stand in the Croisette Hall, situated on the seafront at MIPIM, from 14-17 March. This great facility offers a beachfront terrace with complimentary bar service where you  can enjoy the sea view whilst visiting us. There is an extensive talk and events programme, featuring leading decision makers from across the London property sector to discuss the latest opportunities across the city.

Come and join Kevin Corcoran, Managing Director, 07812-047199, and Andrew McSmythurs, Director of Property, 07540-436114.


Feb 2017  Fixing the Housing Market

The Government’s White Paper on Housing, Fixing our Broken Housing Market, targets 4 key areas: ‘planning for the right homes in the right places, building homes faster, diversifying the market and helping people now’. These proposals cover local authorities, private developers, local communities, housing associations, lenders & institutional investors, utilities and infrastructure companies.

For more information, see the White Paper here:


Jan 2017  Important Role of Commercial Managers in Infrastructure

The RICS launched a new Guidance Note on ‘The Role of the Commercial Manager in Infrastructure’, presented by Mark Walley and written by Dr Robert Mallett. With the growing importance and investment in UK infrastructure, Commercial Managers play a key role in project initiation, cost planning & benchmarking, procurement, cost management and contract delivery. Commercial management is about cost, value and risk – commercial stewardship for Clients. Schofield Lothian supports this important initiative and we have a large team of Commercial Managers and QSs with extensive infrastructure experience.

Contact Mike Upton, Executive Director, or Kevin Corcoran, Managing Director, or Iain Watts, Director of Transport, on how Schofield Lothian can help you commercially.


Dec 2016  Recruiting Senior Project Managers – Property

We are currently recruiting two Senior Project Managers to join our expanding Property Team.

  • Role … working across industry sectors; take a leading role under a Director / Project Director on large property projects; an autonomous role on smaller projects
  • Experience … mixed pre and post-contract experience; delivering to client requirements in commercial, regeneration, hotels or educational property projects
  • Qualifications … MRICS or equivalent; developing relationships; strong interpersonal skills with clients & peers; and intuitive/critical thinking & problem solving skills

For a confidential initial discussion please contact Andrew McSmythurs, Director, Property on 07540 436114 or send a detailed CV to


Dec 2016  Rail Professional magazine features our EIA services

The rail industry magazine Rail Professional features our Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) services in their December issue (pages 118-120).

Following the Brexit vote, many in the transport and infrastructure sector have been mulling over the future of EIA given the EU’s central influence on the process since the 1980’s – will it be business as usual? Written by Richard Ambrose, Director, Environment & Sustainability, he also outlines the EIA process and the requirements involved.

For more information please contact Richard Ambrose via email on or 020 7842 0920.


Nov 2016  New Experts join our Property Team

We are delighted to welcome Andrew McSmythurs and Julie Crossen to Schofield Lothian. Andrew will lead our Property team in order to accelerate our growth within the sector.

Both Andrew and Julie join us from Sweett Group where they worked across the property sector including commercial, retail, residential, education, regeneration and leisure. The services delivered included Project Management, Employer’s Agent, Independent Certifier and Commercial Management.

Andrew has over 30 years experience in the construction and property industry with client, contractor and consultant businesses. Initially qualifying as a QS in power generation, he has been in property project management for over 20 years. Andrew is a member of the RICS Project Management Board and a Chairman and Assessor for the RICS APC programme.

Julie started her career as a planner before moving into property project management and has over 18 years experience within the construction industry. Julie is a MAPM and has been involved in completing property projects both in the UK and overseas on new build, fit-out and refurbishment projects across both the public and private sectors.

For more information on our Property sector and the services we provide please contact Kevin Corcoran, Managing Director or Andrew McSmythurs, Director, Property Sector .


Oct 2016  Network Rail appoints Schofield Lothian on Crossrail Audits

We are delighted to announce that Network Rail has appointed us for the Phased & Rolling Cost Verification Audits in support of its delivery of works to the existing rail infrastructure associated with the wider Crossrail project. With services to be delivered from NR’s offices at Paddington and Maidenhead, as well as our own offices in Temple, this further cement’s our position and expertise within the rail sector. These cost audit services commenced in September and are scheduled for completion in 2019.

We look forward to working with the NR team and bringing sustained benefits to this major strategic rail project in London and the south east.

For more information contact Mike Upton, Executive Director,


Sept 2016  Winning NR East Midlands Signalling Renewals Project

We are delighted to announce our success in securing the commission for the delivery of Commercial Support Services to Network Rail in its delivery of key signalling works within the East Midlands region to the following projects: Kettering to Corby Capacity Increase, Derby Station Remodelling, and Midland Mainline Electrification.

Mike Upton, Executive Director comments, “This demonstrates our long standing relationship with Network Rail and the very high level of service we are able to deliver. We look forward to working with the NR team to deliver speed improvements and create further capacity on the existing line.”

With services to be delivered from Network Rail’s offices in Derby, this further strengthen’s our position within the Midland’s thriving rail industry. 

For more information contact Mike Upton, Executive Director,


Sept 2016  Schofield Lothian progresses in Building’s Top 150 Consultants List

We are pleased to announce that Schofield Lothian has risen to 63rd on the Top 150 Consultants annual rankings for 2016 – we were 67th last year and 81st in 2014.

We also rose 2 places to 22nd place on the Top 50 Project Managers list and remained in 19th place on the Top 50 Quantity Surveyors list.

Building Magazine carries out the survey every year and firms are ranked according to total UK chartered staff, and for Quantity Surveyors, Architects, Engineers and Project Managers for chartered staff in each respective discipline.


… see also 20162015, 2014, 2013 and earlier News.

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