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Bank job should take top award


Sir, I would like to nominate the Royal Bank of Scotland world headquarters project at Gogarburn in Edinburgh as the project of the decade (Features, December 1).

I have worked in the industry for 27 years and it has been the pinnacle of my career.

The facilities set up by Mace attracted people to the project by showing them that all it takes is attention to detail to provide an environment that shows people they have been given respect.

Too often in our industry the tradesman that is the indispensable resource we need is given the minimum statutory requirements their employer has to provide in order to maximise the balance sheet.

The facilities provided at Gogarburn inspired everybody to perform their job to the best of their abilities, driving quality into the finished project without the usual dependence on quality management systems and similar paper exercises that seem only to monitor failings rather than record success.

The management of Gogarburn was also a huge contributory factor to its success. Every project talks about collaboration and co-ordination but I have never seen it succeed as well as at Gogarburn.

The whole team from the client, architects, engineers, cost managers, to the construction managers and trade contractors was based on site in a suite of offices that gave a similar respect to their trade as that enjoyed by the site workers.

We were joined by city council planning officials, trades union representatives and BSRIA representatives, who all played their part in ensuring the project ran smoothly.

Problems arose on a daily basis but with the interaction of all parties on site, those problems were dealt with swiftly with the minimum impact to the site works.

It must also be acknowledged that the client, the Royal Bank of Scotland, played a major part in the success of the project.

They placed their trust in the team to deliver the project on time and within budget, and this trust was borne out by the delivery of this most complex project three months early.

David Ross Senior planning manager Mace Edinburgh