Category: Thought pieces

11 Nov 2020

Remembrance – Lest We Forget

Remembrance - Lest We Forget

by 3PM

3PM were pleased to support the Normandy Trust in their project arrangements for this truly inspiring memorial overlooking Gold Beach.

Due to open in June 2021 unique projects like these need unique solutions and we are proud to have played our small part. The memorial will be dedicated to the British men & women, who lost their lives in Normandy. We will remember them.

Memorial Construction Update: The Final Stages

19 Aug 2020

World Photo Day 2020

World Photo Day 2020

By 3PM

August 19th celebrates World Photo Day, dedicated to the art and science of Photography. With the invention of smartphones and social media, it is now easier than ever to capture the world around us. Photography isn’t just an art form, but also an important historical tool, as photos can tell stories and record significant periods in time in a way that no other medium can.

In the spirit of World Photo Day, the 3PM Team has shared some of our favourite photos that we’ve taken, from stunning nature shots to capturing everyday life.

“A photograph has the ability to capture a place; an experience; an idea; a moment in time. For this reason, it’s said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Photographs can convey a feeling faster than, and sometimes even more effectively than words can. A photograph can make the viewer see the world the way the photographer sees it.”

08 Jul 2020

NetZero/Embodied Carbon Metrics – a contractual deliverable?

NetZero/Embodied Carbon Metrics – a contractual deliverable?

by 3PM

Post lockdown, the industry is becoming more conscious of its environmental impact and is grasping the challenges of achieving NetZero.

Recently a lot of discussion has taken place regarding engineered solutions and the challenges of quantifying embodied carbon, given as yet the sector has not settled on an appropriate methodology.
Recent conversations have covered the ability and desire to quantify embodied carbon, as either a project KPI for early stage options evaluation, or as a contracted hard metric. The Enterprise Centre, our innovative scheme delivered for University of East Anglia tackled these challenges head on, and since then we have consolidated our knowledge and the approach that we now employ on our schemes in support of the 3PM NetZero route map.
Our top success factors include:

  • Firstly, above all else you need a desire to achieve, practiced by a strong & principled lead.
  • Secondly, you need a defined methodology, for example ECCOlab gets our vote as we know the output has been validated.
  • A collaborative and open approach by the whole team to raise the bar; accepted norms of process or approach need re-evaluation; tweaking is not enough!
  • A way of monitoring team efforts, perception based to align the teams focus & intent.
  • Defined quantitative metrics and established evaluation criteria to maintain the focus, i.e. BREEAM Outstanding, WELL etc.
  • Balance the science with the common sense, TM54 may be a great methodology but it’s a reactive tool and planned vs actual alignment is not always proven. Energy must be balanced with comfort. Appropriate material selection is the key, especially as some 70% of emissions are driven by the frame & envelope.
  • Innovation is not a dirty word, embrace challenge, stretch the boundaries, don’t accept the first answers.
  • Define the risks and seek clear mitigation, document the intent.


It is clear that this is an area of expertise that needs to evolve rapidly in a post COVID-19 world. We cannot arrive at a new normal by doing the same things. 3PM are proud to sign up to #ProjectManagersDeclare and have the proven expertise to show just how the above list can be achieved.

Contact Patrick Watson if you are interested to know more.

28 Apr 2020

At Home with 3PM: What’s for Dinner?

At Home with 3PM: What's for Dinner?

by 3PM

As part of our At Home With 3PM series, we are posting regular updates about our team and what we are doing to keep spirits high. Click here to view all of the posts in the series.

This past week the Team has had an emphasis on food. We are all rather big ‘foodies’, as evident at our Team away days always taking it in turn to create fantastic meals. Our people are from a large variety of cultures and heritage which made for some very exciting meal creations. We had lots of cakes including banana bread, cupcakes and a fabulous rainbow cake made for the NHS by our Technical Assistant Abi.  Our Head of Finance Laura invoked the flavours of her home country, France, with her quiche, and has been kind enough to share the recipe below.

James Runciman really outdid himself with a sticky Korean BBQ steak poke served with carrot, tenderstem broccoli, kimchi and brown rice, all garnished with furikake and spring onions. There was a curried haddock with spinach and turmeric dal and coriander yoghurt from Sam, Greek custard pie form Tes, ginger and lime barbecue salmon with cucumber, tomato and avocado rice salad,  a chicken jalfrezi and a Caribbean curry goat.

Now time to eat!

Laura’s Salmon Asparagus Quiche (serves four)


  • 100ml crème fraiche
  • 100ml milk
  • 100ml water (approx)
  • 2 large eggs (or 3 small)
  • 1 pastry
  • 100g smoke salmon
  • 1 bundle of fresh asparagus (approx 200g)
  • Salt/pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 200°C, 400°F, Gas 6.
  • Roll out the pastry and press it gently into a lightly greased flan tin. Prick all over with a fork and bake in the oven on the baking sheet for 10/15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, boil the asparagus for 5 minutes then cut into pieces and roast for few minutes in a bit of butter.
  • Take the pastry out the oven, spread the salmon evenly over the pastry base and top with the asparagus.
  • Whisk together the eggs, milk and crème fraiche, and season. Add a drop of water, and then pour the mixture over the salmon/asparagus.
  • Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes until just set and golden brown.
  • If you fancy, add a bit of dill on the top for presentation.
  • Leave to cool before serving with a green salad.


Basically, you can do it with whatever you fancy (e.g. vegetarian version > sweet pepper, courgette, petit pois, onion – poached salmon with leek – salmon and mushrooms, bacon & onions…), and you can top it with some cheese.

Bon Appétit!

Vegetarian version
20 Apr 2020

At Home with 3PM: Nature and Wellbeing

At Home with 3PM: Nature and Wellbeing

by 3PM

As part of our 3PM at Home series, we are posting regular updates about our team and what we are doing to keep spirits high. Click here to view all of the posts in the series.

Reflecting on Earth Day, this week we encouraged everybody to spend some time in nature, whilst still practising social distancing.

During these changing times where most of us are at home working out our new normal, whether it is looking after children whilst they are away from school, creating an office at home to work from, or simply getting through the days away from family members and friends, we are subtly reminded of a constant diorama around us. Mother Nature, the universe and the world that existed before humans is somewhat thriving in our absence. We are humbled and reminded that perhaps we are guests on this planet and we should try in the future to treat the world around us as such.

Understanding this relationship and the impact nature has on our wellbeing, we encouraged the team to find time every day to be outside and be part of the environment around them, whilst maintaining all government guidelines around social distancing. We cannot be complacent in how all of this affects our mental health and our team have been truly fantastic in adapting to these new ways of working and are inspiring on their approach to taking care of themselves and those around them.

As we navigate through this, we at 3PM will continue to support our team, their families, our Clients, the external teams we work with as best we can, and for right now that is through an image of 3PM out and about enjoying nature.

09 Mar 2020

International Women’s Day 2020: Rachael

My View

by Rachael Keeble

Someone asked me last week what International Women’s Day means to me. Honestly I have mixed emotions about it. I’m inspired by the profiles of amazing women doing fantastic work. I’m relieved to see the balance of gender discourse flipped on its head for a day. I’m proud of the men that champion brilliant women. But I’m also frustrated that International Women’s Day has to exist at all.

And yet it is so needed. In the construction industry, women are underrepresented in almost every area, but even more so the further down the supply chain you go. The reason I’m frustrated is because in the rest of my life I’m not that used to thinking about my gender at all.

I’m lucky to have grown up in a power house of women. My mum and my sisters are some of the most inspiring people in my life – my dad too who has only ever encouraged and supported us in whatever we wanted to be and do. I had some amazing female role models at school and have continued to fill my adult life with women I am proud of, and in awe of. My Undergraduate and Masters degrees were in History and English Literature, female dominated courses and being musical, I have always been surrounded by creative men and women alike. For me it was only really when I joined the construction industry (and undertook my Masters in Construction Management) that I suddenly became more acutely aware of my gender.

It’s the daily little things that make the difference. Having to carry my own site boots around all day because generally construction sites don’t have my size. Having to take a deep breath every time anyone writes a letter addressed to me that starts “Dear Sirs”. Hiding any indication of an emotional response to a difficult meeting. Having to trek around site to find the magic person who holds the key to the single female loo…!

And yet things are continually getting better and International Women’s Day does remind me of that. Representation of all marginalised groups is becoming slowly larger in the industry, and LinkedIn on and around International Women’s Day is a testament to this as individual female perspectives are bought into the main arena.

I myself have managed to find my own path, working for a company where I can authentically be me – where I don’t have to worry about my gender holding me back and am able to pursue my work with encouragement and acceptance. Joining ‪3PM in January 2019 provided the trifecta; in the work we do, the Clients we work with and the cultural fit with my colleagues, leading to exciting and innovative results.

I am also part of creating change in other ways. Last year I was elected onto the CIOB London Hub (where I am the only female representative) working with a body of amazing individuals who are championing the change they want to see in the industry. This has opened up other doors where my view counts and I can help make things better for others; in February 2020 I represented the CIOB at the House of Parliament in the latest parliamentary review and I am currently collaborating on an initiative to promote equality and diversity within the industry and to encourage the next generation to consider a career in construction. My work with the CIOB has only really just begun but I am excited to get more involved and help promote positive change in the industry.

So on this International Women’s Day, whilst I acknowledge that there is still more work to be done to make the industry more diverse and representative, I am also hopeful and proud. Hopeful for a future where equal representation is the norm and where men and women alike inspire the next generation. Proud to be working with ‪3PM, the CIOB and a host of Clients and industry professionals who are embracing and championing this change, working towards a future where diversity is celebrated every day.

06 Mar 2020

International Women’s Day 2020: Suzannah

My View

by Suzannah Howson

I have always been a girly girl, growing up with a Persian mother who radiated femininity it was natural to play with dolls and emulate these culturally stereotypical female roles. My father was a residential property developer, the old-school kind who would renovate and build most of it himself. At seven, I was helping him putty windows whilst still ensuring my dolls were all dressed appropriately for their tea party. My playing as a child was always a balance and it felt normal to live with these two polar opposite gender typecasts.  Naturally when I fell into property like my father, I retained my feminine edge like my mother.

Joining the construction and property industry was a mild shock to how I had grown up with my family and properties, this industry didn’t really fit with being a girly girl and I quickly learnt it wasn’t the way it was done.  Within my first week of working I was politely advised by a female colleague that perhaps it was better to dress ‘more like a man’ with trousers and a shirt, so I would be taken seriously. I was disappointed to say the least that being myself didn’t fit with the industry I wanted to be in.

After five years in various organisations with both men and women telling me to dress differently, not giggle too much, be less feminine, don’t wear dresses, perhaps cut my hair, wear less makeup, and comments even so far as to be told that; ‘I was only seen as fluff that floated round the office’.  I was asked to go to networking events so I could draw men’s attention, only be to be asked by men if I could run along and find the ‘man who knew what he was talking about’ as clearly in their eyes I did not.

As you can imagine my motivation and drive to be in the industry was diminishing with each passing day. The polar opposites I so enjoyed in my childhood where being me in reality was not accepted.

By 2012 I just about gave up hope until I spoke with an old colleague who had recently started with others his own project management firm. He wanted me to join as they were growing and needed someone who had worked in the higher education, commercial and science sectors. I was initially reluctant as I was so deflated by the fight just to be me, that I was seriously considering changing industries, so I thought I’ll ask him straight out (what did I have to lose) “can I be myself here?” .  He responded with “you can only be who you are, and that’s all we can ever ask of you”.

I took the opportunity, one last go to be in the property world I loved. Whilst the majority of people in this new company were men, their views or shall I say their ‘non-views’ of me being a particularly overtly feminine woman were refreshing and empowering. No one ever gave reference to it, and with each passing day I was growing as a person and there was nothing I felt like I couldn’t do, their support and indifference to my girliness made me love my career again, and even when faced with negative views outside of our 3PM family it didn’t bother me as much anymore. There are people in this industry who support you for who you are and what you love to do regardless of what package it comes in. This is what our industry needs more of.

I progressed, I became a mother of twins, chose to work part time and still managed to become an owner of this fantastic business. The opportunities were there for the taking, I was inspired and when you are surrounded by like-minded people who are passionate about being themselves and driving change whilst enjoying the work they do, it is easy to succeed.  “Inspiring, Trusted Leadership” emerged, led by me, it balanced perfectly the drive across the diverse views inherent within us.

I firmly believe there needs to be more companies that embrace real individuality in our industry (not just say they do) and try not to fit the person into a role or stereotype they believe it should be.

Staying true to myself and the polar opposites inherent within my upbringing is now a strength I employ both in the board room and with everyone I work with.  Balancing my femininity and, well… femininity (as to be in construction does not mean you need to be masculine) within this world is the only thing I can do and the only thing anyone can do is be true to their-self.  I am proud to be part of something where your individuality is what makes you, what allows you to succeed and ultimately what makes you happy.

To hear the younger generation say this is the first business I feel I can really be myself, be who I am naturally and not be judged’ is all the success I need.