Case Studies

Please see below a small selection of our projects.

Barwa Commercial Avenue

We were engaged by Mercury Engineering to prepare claims and conduct a commercial analysis of their account on the Barwa Commercial Avenue project, an 8.5 kilometre mixed use development in Doha, Qatar.

Mercury were responsible for the mechanical, electrical and plumbing installation, as a key subcontractor to Hochtief on this mega project, which was Hochtief’s largest ever single order.

We completed a commercial analysis of the account together with preparing narratives, quantum and supplementary analysis to develop and support the commercial positions.

We advanced the account significantly by preparing detailed packages for each discrete variation and head of entitlement through a series of commercial meetings without recourse to formal arbitration proceedings.

Project Value: £1,1bn
Client: Mercury Engineering

Shangri La Hotel at The Shard

We were appointed to carry out quantum analysis and prepare a full detailed claim in respect of the wrongful termination of John Sisk & Son’s employment on the fit out contract at the Shangri-La Hotel at the Shard.

We deployed a large team of quantity surveyors and planners and undertook a detailed area by area and trade by trade analysis of the major issues and in particular, the application of the specification in respect of allegedly defective works. We also assisted with the defence of the counterclaim produced by the Employer. This matter was successfully concluded by negotiation prior to formal proceedings.

Project Value: £435m
Client: John Sisk & Son

Forest Side Hotel, Lake District

Forest Side Hotel is grade II Victorian mansion built in 1853 in the heart of the Lake District.

The property was purchased by a boutique hotel owner operator who undertook to restore, renovate and extend the building to form a luxury hotel.

The project was subject to significant variations and delays. We were engaged by Thomas Armstrong Construction to provide commercial services and strategy. This included undertaking a comprehensive commercial analysis of the final account and ensuring that all due entitlement was identified, quantified, evidentially supported and presented to a high standard.

In order to demonstrate prolongation entitlement, we developed primary and supplementary delays analyses and a bespoke form of measured mile to prove reduced productivity.

The final account was successfully concluded in negotiations to the satisfaction of the parties. The hotel restaurant received a Michelin Star and the hotel has received plaudits and accolades in the national press.

Project Value: £3.5m
Client: Thomas Armstrong (Construction) Limited

Olympic Stadium Transformation

We were engaged by Imtech Engineering to undertake a commercial analysis of their account. This included preparing a detailed review of the variation account and the exploration of all avenues of contractual entitlement, as well as conducting a thorough planning and scheduling exercise.

The project was successfully commercially concluded without the need for formal proceedings.

Project Value: £325m
Client: Imtech Engineering

Runcorn Energy from Waste

We were engaged by the Client to develop a termination plan on the Runcorn Waste to Energy Plant, an 80 megawatt complex engineering asset.

Our brief was to produce a detailed termination plan (including an assessment of the financial implications of termination) to allow the Employer to demonstrate a credible and robust position to threaten the Contractor with termination.

We conducted a commercial, contractual, legal and risk analysis in order to develop a comprehensive and fully integrated plan.

This project involved working with Fenwick Elliott LLP and CNS Planning Limited as part of an integrated multi-disciplinary team, managed by A. Lamb Associates.

Project Value: £235m
Client: Viridor / John Laing / Ineos Joint Venture

NMPP Pipeline, South Africa

The NMPP is among the largest multi-product pipelines in the world, and one of the most complex, spanning a distance of 715km.

We provided commercial and planning staff to administer the project and prepare specialist pipeline claims.

The matters in issue included lack of availability of suitable quality line pipe, access problems and lock-outs, excavation and backfill issues, crossing re-designs and variations, additional special sections and delay and disruption and extension of time.

In order to resolve the issues without formal proceedings the parties engaged Mr Adrian Lamb to act as adjudicator, deciding the correct amount to be paid under the Contract in respect of the disputed matters.

Project Value: £375m
Client: Group 5 / Spiecapag Joint Venture

Galloper Wind Farm

The Galloper Wind Farm was a major project comprising 56 No. 180m tall Siemens wind turbines, two 45km buried subsea export cables and an offshore substation generating 353MW.

We were engaged to providing specialist senior commercial management staff to manage the key subcontract packages and the upstream commercial position. The project was successfully delivered and ALA staff received plaudits from the client for their contribution to the success of the project.

Engaging our commercial staff at the early stages of a project means that the commercial management is robust, issues are dealt with timely and properly, costly disputes are avoided, and client relationships are maintained.

Project Value: £1,5bn
Client: Geosea Limited

Sakhalin 2

Sakhalin 2 is a project of firsts: the first offshore oil platform to be installed on the Russian shelf; and the first LNG plant in Russia.

Sakhalin 2 was technically challenging. It is located in a hostile subarctic environment, and covers a vast area in a region with almost no existing infrastructure.

We provided commercial management, forensic planning and contract administration services for this mega project, with a permanent staff presence onsite during construction. The pipeline installation works were undertaken by vessels and lay barges in very challenging conditions.

Project Value: £18bn
Client: Van Oord

PPS Pipeline Systems - UK Gas Pipelines

PPS Pipeline Systems GmbH are a German contractor operating throughout Europe and South America specialising in the construction of large diameter cross country pipelines and associated above ground installations as part of the HABAU Group of companies.

PPS developed operational capability in the UK market in 1998 and engaged A. Lamb Associates to provide Estimating, Commercial Consultancy, Project Management, Quantity Surveying and Planning Services for the Treales to Burscough Gas Pipeline Project as part of a JV with Alfred McAlpine Construction Limited.

The Project was completed successfully and on time and since then we have continued to be engaged by PPS to provide Commercial and Planning support.

Our responsibilities covered the full range of related services including Project Management, Estimating, drafting of Contract and Subcontract Conditions, Subcontract Management, Earned Value Management, Technical Engineering Advice, Contract Review, Programme Management, Cost Monitoring and Cost Value Reconciliation, Design Co-Ordination, Identification and Valuation of additional and changed / delayed works & Dispute Resolution where required, for the past 20 years.

Sample projects included the 44km 900mm diameter Wormington to Sapperton Gas Pipeline, 35km 1220mm diameter Brecon to Tirley – West Section Gas Pipeline Project  and 39km, 1050mm diameter Mawdesley to Warrington Gas Pipeline Project.

Project Value: £210m
Client: PPS Pipeline Systems GmbH