The Chelsea Barracks development, a phased programme, comprised of an estate of residences, penthouses and townhouses, as well as cafes, restaurants and public spaces, all set around 5 acres of newly created garden squares.

The main contractor, Mace, identified the need to dramatically speed up the build rate on the beautiful stone façade in order to ensure the first building was finished on time and engaged LC International to provide programme and productivity improvement.

This was a critical path activity which had an impact on competition and opportunity to pull the programme forward.

We worked with the project team early in the construction phase of the first building, to process map the activities, capturing and analysing data in order to identify the blockers.

The team identified two key components to improve productivity; the availability of actual work faces and the logistics of stone supply from the supplier’s depot, to the mason installing the stone.

The team deployed structured process improvements and problem-solving techniques to remove tasks from holding up access to the work face and designed a new sequence of work to ensure uninterrupted access as the build progressed.

The team used lean techniques to organise the handling of stone onsite, creating standard identification and storage systems to ensure masons were never waiting for stone to be delivered.

  • Average number of stones laid per week improved by 446%
  • 3 month betterment of project target time
  • Improvement to processes and collaboration applied to next phase of development to deliver future efficiencies, ensuring remaining 4 buildings on track for completion

The background

The Chelsea Barracks development, a phased programme, comprised of an estate of residences, penthouses and townhouses, as well as cafes, restaurants and public spaces, all set around 5 acres of newly created garden squares.

The main contractor, Mace, identified the need to dramatically speed up the build rate on the beautiful stone façade in order to ensure the first building was finished on time and engaged LC International to provide programme and productivity improvement.

The challenge

This was a critical path activity which had an impact on competition and opportunity to pull the programme forward.

We worked with the project team early in the construction phase of the first building, to process map the activities, capturing and analysing data in order to identify the blockers.

The team identified two key components to improve productivity; the availability of actual work faces and the logistics of stone supply from the supplier’s depot, to the mason installing the stone.

The solution

The team deployed structured process improvements and problem-solving techniques to remove tasks from holding up access to the work face and designed a new sequence of work to ensure uninterrupted access as the build progressed.

The team used lean techniques to organise the handling of stone onsite, creating standard identification and storage systems to ensure masons were never waiting for stone to be delivered.

The results

  • Average number of stones laid per week improved by 446%
  • 3 month betterment of project target time
  • Improvement to processes and collaboration applied to next phase of development to deliver future efficiencies, ensuring remaining 4 buildings on track for completion