St Paul’s & St George’s Church

  • Client: St Paul’s & St George’s Church – Project 21 Trust
  • Role: Quantity Surveying Services
  • Value: £5 million
  • Programme: Commenced January 2008–Completion June 2009
  • Procurement: SBCC Standard Building Contract with Quantities –1999 Edition
  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Project Description

The refurbishment and extension of a Grade A listed 19th century church to create new multi-use areas, and enhanced main congregational space. This included the insertion of a bespoke feature gallery.

The extension was in two parts; the main space was over 3 floors to a constrained area to the rear of the church. This included the demolition of an existing structure and excavations with underpinning to the main church building. The entrance was enhanced by the creation of a feature, glazed entry structure. Multi use space was provided to enhance the utilisation of the church by different user groups.

The contemporary extension was carefully designed to contrast and highlight the dramatic Gothic architecture of the original church whilst making the building suitable to provide an appropriate place for its congregation and community for many years to come.

Our Role / Scope

Commercial Management including tender documentation, management of change control agreeing variations and agreement of the final account.

Technical Capacity

The team comprise of the following:

  • Project Director;
  • Lead Quantity Surveyor

Benefits To Client

  • Cost Management: Due to an evolving client brief, the tender did not reflect the client aspirations and the post contract changes required close control to ensure the clients budget was efficiently utilised. Doig+Smith were key in reducing the Contractors projected final account significantly by robustly challenging provided substantiation.
  • Design aspiration: The design aspirations of both Client and Architect required strong management in order to maintain budget. The close, collaborative, working with the architect was key to this being successfully delivered. This also involved advising an inexperienced (in construction terms) client in the process of cost and value management.