Fellows Construction Consultants are very pleased to announce that despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, fit out works have commenced at two new Lok’nStore locations in Leicester and Oldbury.
Fellows are acting as Employer’s Agent and Quantity Surveyor on both of these schemes having previously delivered the Shell & Core element at Leicester, whilst Oldbury is the reconfiguration of a previously constructed unit in addition to the fit out works.
Both schemes commenced the fit out stage just as the Covid-19 situation took hold which restricted the working practices of the industry nationwide due to interrupted material and labour supplies.
Fellows have worked alongside the Client and Camistar the appointed contractor to understand potential impacts on the programme and to determine innovative methods by which to mitigate these in line with the overall delivery programme.
Working with the contractor, new methods of working have been adopted that allow the scheme to progress whilst adhering to Government advice on Social Distancing. Key issues include the resequencing of the works, adjusting the supply chain and sourcing alternative products and suppliers wherever practicable both projects are set to be handed over on their planned completion dates in June and July to allow trading to commence.
Lok’nStore Ltd has been working with Fellows Construction Consultants from the practice’s inception, building out our expanding portfolio of self-storage centres. Our relationship with some members of the team dates back a decade, offering an invaluable mix of Project Management and Cost Consultancy experience. Fellows bring discipline to the development of the buildings, which as bespoke designs on tight brownfield sites often feature evolving employer requirements in the early stages. The team correctly identify the key hurdles in the programme and anticipate the problem operations. For Lok’nStore to make the most of our pipeline of landmark store openings, it is reassuring to know that with Fellows our projects always finish very close to budget and deadline.
RHYS WARREN-THOMAS, DIRECTOR OF CONSTRUCTION