Category: News

30 Nov 2015

3PM Risk Process

Adopting a more collaborative approach to risk mitigation

by Rob Burborough

At 3PM we pride ourselves in being leaders in risk management. We utilise these skills on every project we manage for the benefit of the project and our Clients. This expert advice has been shared with numerous Clients which has saved them time and money. Most people view risk management as being overly cumbersome and ineffective which is perhaps why so many professionals don’t embrace risk management. At 3PM we adopt a different approach by proactively involving the whole team and engaging them with the process and educating them to understand how managing risk is a benefit to all. How do we get the team to buy into this philosophy? Its simple, we link each team members perceived risk with the actuality of the risk. this is based on their knowledge of the issue and the empowerment to create mitigations from that risk analysis.
Our assessment of risk goes beyond a register to explore the 3 point cost and programme scenarios to inform trends and contingencies thus allowing mitigation.

Find out more on how we deal with risk by talking to one of our experts. Contact Rob Burborough or Patrick Watson in the office.

17 Sep 2015

3PM part of Consortium to Design New Cell Therapy Catapult Manufacturing Centre

3PM part of Consortium to Design New Cell Therapy Catapult Manufacturing Centre

by Rob Burborough

Supporting growth of UK cell therapy industry

3PM worked with a consortium of companies to complete the RIBA Stage 3 design: MSPS to provide mechanical and engineering, civil and structural and CDM service; The Fairhursts Design Group as project architects; and Gardiner & Theobald as cost managers,

The large-scale GMP manufacturing centre, due to open in 2017, will be used by companies for the manufacture of late-phase clinical trial material and initial commercial supply of advanced therapeutic medicinal products including cell and gene therapies.

Robert Burborough, partner at 3PM comments that this is a fantastic project: “The centre will change the scientific landscape for targeted cell technology and we are very proud as a team to be involved.’

Simon Steed, associate director building services of MSPS, adds that the consortium team was chosen for its combined expertise in designing a Class B environment facility: “The design will allow for further growth and business efficiency,” he says.

Mark Adey, director at The Fairhursts Design Group explains its brief was to develop a flexible and collaborative working environment that would provide cell therapy researchers with an opportunity to lease high quality clean room facilities in the heart of a world-leading innovation campus: “It is an incredibly complex scheme made even more challenging by the tight timescales and budgets involved, but we are thrilled to be a part of it and look forward to working with the wider development team to take the project through to completion.”

Keith Thompson, CEO of the Cell Therapy Catapult, said: “The large-scale GMP manufacturing centre is instrumental in our goal to transform the UK cell and gene therapy industry, advancing research into commercially viable and investible therapies. It will enable companies to operate at the scale needed to support Phase III clinical trials.”

The new facility is being built on the Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst campus, Hertfordshire, and will create up to 150 new jobs and provide consistent and reliable transport of products into the European Union within 24 hours.

20 Mar 2015

IN-PRESS: Project Magazine-Early Warning System

IN-PRESS: Project Magazine-Early Warning System

by Patrick Watson

This quarters Project Magazine features one of 3PM’s founding partner’s, Patrick Watson and Stephen Woodward, Director at ResoLex discussing the Early Warning System.
Click on the article below to enlarge it.

20 Nov 2014

We’ve Moved

We’ve Moved

by 3PM

3PM are proud to announce our successful move to Oliver’s yard.

Our move is integral to the development of our brand and is a vital part of our evolution. Our business is strengthened by moving to an excellent Derwent London building in a prime midtown location. We are opposite the white collar factory development, on the edge of fashionable Shoreditch.

The team have settled in well to their new surroundings and are looking forward to developing the business from our new location.

Thank you to all involved and we look forward to celebrating with you over the festive season…

07 Oct 2014

The complexity of a Kitchen Garden

The complexity of a Kitchen Garden

by Rob Burborough

3PM are proud to be involved in an exciting and unique project with the Wellcome Trust on the Genome campus. The project involves the construction of complex roof and exhibition space within a listed building context.
To give you an idea of the challenges the project team have overcome as this project enters the mid-point of construction the roof system has been developed to have tolerances of no more than 1mm with every piece of glass being bespoke and cold bent to form a seamless curved system. Every piece of the roof has been tagged, fabricated, transported across Europe and erected in a BIM predetermined 3D model.
This project is truly one of a kind and once complete will enhance the Wellcome Trust’s world leading scientific work.

01 Aug 2014

3PM and the genetic building blocks of future healthcare

3PM and the genetic building blocks of future healthcare

by James Buckley-Walker

3PM are proud to be part of the project team delivering the Sanger Sequencing Building, a new world-class DNA sequencing facility for the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute at the Genome Campus in Hinxton.
The facility will also be home to the operations of Genomics England to deliver the Human Genome Project, a Government initiative announced this morning to sequence 100,000 human genomes by 2017 that will propel the UK to the forefront of genetic research.
Planning consent for the 3-storey, 4,500m2 state-of-the-art facility has now been received and site works are to commence in early August 2014.

The genetic building blocks of future healthcare

22 Jul 2014

Low Carbon Project at The Enterprise Centre, UEA

Low Carbon Project at The Enterprise Centre, UEA

by Patrick Watson

3PM is pleased to have achieved a landmark in the delivery of our Exemplary Low Carbon Project at The Enterprise Centre, University of East Anglia – UEA.
The concrete ground slab is a key example of how the team have utilised innovative materials (utilising 70% ground granulated blast furnace slag GGBS in the concrete mix) to support the low carbon credentials of the scheme. The slab will then be ground back to form the finished surface and to ensure further carbon savings in the finishes.
The UEA building when delivered in Spring 2015 will be both Passivhaus and BREEAM Outstanding and will provide a stimulating environment to stimulate the emergence of a low carbon based businesses on the Norwich Research park.
If you have any queries or would like to speak to a member of the Project Management Delivery Team further about our services, please contact us at or call 020 7566 8490.

20 Jun 2014

3PM Share the View

3PM Share the View

by 3PM

We held our first event on Tuesday 10 June 2014 at The Deck, National Theatre. Having grown substantially since 2012 we wanted to say thank you for the support from the Clients and Consultants we have worked with.
Some very positive feedback has been received and we wanted to share it with you.

"Many thanks for a very enjoyable night yesterday – the location was fantastic, and it was really good to catch up with everyone. And as I told you, I’m very appreciative of the extra miles you’ve gone to with the college – I think the end of the beginning is in sight!"

Paul Stephen

Westminster Kingsway College

"Great evening with 3PM yesterday at The National Theatre. Thanks all."

Edward Moore


"Thank you very much for inviting me to last night’s do on The Deck. It was a great venue and good to meet all at 3PM. I wish you well and hope that EWA can work with 3PM some time in the future."

Paul Dueñas

EllisWilliams Architects

"Thank you very much for your kind invitation to The Deck at the National Theatre yesterday evening….what a glorious evening it was to have a party overlooking the Thames. I’m really sorry that I was not able to stay longer and enjoy your hospitality and the BBQ."

Jonathan Hill

Scott Brownrigg

"Great event last night, I really enjoyed it."

Matt Laskey

Morgan Sindall

"Great do last night, thank you. Really impressive and thanks for inviting me to share the celebration of your successes over the past couple of years."

Dean Mills

Turner & Townsend

"Thanks for the invite to the 3PM drinks and BBQ evening, great night really enjoyable."

Gareth Davies

Davies Maguire + Whitby

"Please thank your colleagues for a lovely evenings event yesterday, it was a well organised and relaxing event set in spectacular views."

Peter Bilverstone

University of East Anglia

"Thanks so much for your party earlier this week which we thoroughly enjoyed. What a great location!"

Stanley Haines

Haines Phillips Architects

"Thanks for a great party last night. Nice food, and wine. Very much appreciated."

Ben Knight


"Thank you very much for all your hospitality and a great evening yesterday up on The Deck. It was really good to catch up with people, meet some new faces and you even managed to book the weather."

Alasdair Travers


"A great night with @rlf3PM @TheDeckLondon thanks all."

Mike Rhodes

Coaction Management

"Thanks for inviting me! Beautiful evening."

Andy Gollifer,

Gollifer Langston Architects

"Thanks for inviting me last night, it was an enjoyable evening. It was a good venue and certainly felt as if summer had arrived with the great weather and BBQ!"

Lisa Walton

Porta Planning LLP

"Thanks for you hospitality last night. It was a cracking event and thoroughly enjoyable evening. There seemed to be a real buzz about the 3PM business. Long may it continue."

Steve Campbell

Scotch Partners LLP

"Thanks for the fun event last night…Congratulations on your mature launch."

Bruce Nepp

abell nepp

"Thank you for inviting me to your BBQ on the deck of the National Theatre at the South Bank last night. The food was good and the weather was great. You could not ask for much more."

Femi Oresanya


"I had a great time and I met quite a few interesting people. What a location!"

Adrian Miles

Avanti Architects

"Great do on Tuesday night and good to catch up albeit briefly. Hopefully we can work on something new together soon."

Iain Rhind

Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners

13 Mar 2014

Adopting a more collaborative approach to risk mitigation

Adopting a more collaborative approach to risk mitigation

by Patrick Watson

For far too long, the UK construction industry has suffered from the inability of those overseeing the procurement process at the start of a build project to coordinate and consolidate both materials and labour. Traditionally, within the building industry, where projects are geographically distant from one another and unique in design, this has led to a fragmented supply chain. There is invariably little spend on new ways of working or product development to reduce overall procurement costs and as such, inefficiencies in the build process prevail.
But by reassessing the supply chain configuration so that the prime contractor is put in a position where they have full responsibility for the completion of a project and where they manage all design and construction activity, this has the potential to achieve a more cohesive and less fragmented build process. Building on the well documented principles of the Building Down Barriers report (1999), it is essential that collaboration lies at the heart of the build and that this is properly facilitated through strong leadership, training and incentives. By engaging with all those involved in the supply chain at the outset – from design through to development – such as key suppliers, subcontractors and so forth, problematic issues can be kept to a minimum and dealt with before construction even begins.
3PM’s latest involvement as Project Mentor for the team working to deliver the University of East Anglia’s new Norwich Research Park (NRP) Enterprise Centre demonstrates this collaborative approach in action. The centre is set to become an exemplary low carbon project, which itself will house a new Centre for the Built Environment.
The project is being part-funded by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), in addition to funding from UEA, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBRSC), Norwich Research Park (NRP) and BRE (Building Research Establishment).It will not only aim to become a world class building of sustainable credentials designed to stimulate commercial enterprise, but it’s creation will aim to establish a new benchmark for procurement.
We have engaged with the client, Adapt and the University of East Anglia, as well as local SME’s in the Norwich area to help source materials for the development of the Enterprise Centre. To ensure the client needs are closely considered, resource is sought nearby and everyone is aware of their role on the project. This close ‘partnering’ idea is based on the MoD/industry partnering concept, we are working with Morgan Sindall as the Single Point Delivery partner, which is generally recognised as a method for demonstrating that successful collaboration is not about formulaic words and compromise; it is about working together in a climate of openness and trust. The point of this whole approach is to ensure enhanced profitability for the team and a high quality finish that will deliver long-term cost benefits over the building’s lifespan.
For example, on the UEA scheme it was apparent, as is normal at this stage that during the briefing stage, the End user desires & requirements were collectively unaffordable. The challenge for the Mentor and the team was to ensure all parties understood the commercial reality but without the end users getting dispirited in the process.
It was necessary for all of the core management team to fully understand the reality of the situation. By creating an environment where views can be openly aired and discussed in a safe manner, these differences can be highlighted ensuring the team focus remains on resolving the issues. The UEA project has also adopted Neutral Risk Monitoring, a service provided by rlf|3PM and delivered in partnership with a company called ResoLex which helps projects with communication, supports collaborative working and reduces risk.
The purpose of this innovative service is to provide a safe and confidential arena in which individual project team members can feedback information about their perceptions of different project attributes.
On first inspection, many projects assume that this already exists through traditional reporting mechanisms and team meetings. However, from experience, we have found that this reporting tends to concentrate on historical fact, rather than the perception of people who have many years of valuable project experience. So what we concentrate on are gut feelings. We capture good news and any concerns, monitoring them over time, across delivery teams, across mutual goals and risks, to allow the team to explore emerging issues, changes in working practices, inter-team differences while they are current and before they become unchangeable historic facts.
The reports are already highlighting some issues and different perceptions. Our challenge as Mentor is to ensure the teams remain aligned in tackling these challenges.
Read more on the UEA Project here