Stow Associates have a considerable amount of experience of the project management and cost management of development and construction projects, both in the UK and overseas.

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  • Residential

    • Introduction

        Stow Associates are fortunate to have been involved in a number of the 'green' and sustainable residential schemes that preceeded the low-carbon design world we inhabit today. At the time such schemes were seen as peripheral and qwerky, however the ideas being trialed back then have matured to form today's Code for Sustainable Homes. We have also been involved in numerous mixed developments where residential apartments form an important part of the mix, and have developed a standardised but flexible development appraisal tool for assessing the development potential of such schemes.

        Residential Case Studies:

    • Replacement House, North Devon Coast

        Selected to feature in a future Talkback Thames Grand Designs TV show, this stunning design has proved challenging to bring to site due to achieving consensus between client's, architect's, funder's, and contractor's expectations. However, construction should commence in 2014 with completion being achieved, and the TV show broadcast, in 2015. Stow Associates are providing both quantity surveying and contract administration services. Watch this space!

        Architect: Alan Phillips Architects
        Executive Architect: RGP Architects
        Structural Engineer: Hemsley Orrell Partnership
        Services Engineer: EDP Environmental




    • Springhill Cohousing, Stroud, Gloucestershire

        Springhill Cohousing, Stroud, believed to be the first newbuild cohousing scheme successfully completed in the United Kingdom, has been recognised by the Deputy Prime Minister's Award for making an "outstanding contribution" to Sustainable Communities. Cohousing is essentially a housing community where the cars are parked on the periphery, freeing pedestrian space for community members of all ages, where each household has a self-contained house and people have the opportunity to eat together and meet regularly in a large communal house. The original members have a say in the design of the community and decision making is by consensus where possible. Springhill Cohousing is a £4.5 million project comprising 34 residential units, ranging from one bedroomed flats to five bedrooomed houses, together with a three-storey 'common house'. The units are well-insulated, timber-framed, low polluting and energy saving in design, many of them having roof-top photo-voltaic panels generating electricity. A sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) has been incorporated in the scheme, featuring rilles, streams, ponds, stilling basins, and a waterfall.

        Architect: Architype
        Structural Engineer: Ramboll UK
        Services Engineer: Pearce Associates

    • Phase 1, The Wintles, Bishops Castle, Shropshire

        The Wintles was conceived by developer Living Village Trust as a neighbourhood promoting conviviality, neighbourliness, and a 'sense of place’. Houses are built in south facing clusters around a village green with car ports at the rear, creating a safe environment for children and encouraging social interaction. The properties are timber 'post and beam' faced with various materials including timber, brick, and lime render, and incorporate thermal mass, high performance triple glazing, recycled cellulose insulation, solar thermal panels, and high levels of airtightness.

        Stow Associates undertook initial development appraisals, funding options, and provided cost consultancy for site infrastructure works. The Wintles has won numerous awards and was featured as an exemplar 21st century residential development on BBC2's 'Newsnight' in November 2004.

        Architect: Pat Borer



  • Commercial & Industrial

    • Centre for Organic Horticulture, Ryton, Coventry

        Part ERDF funded, the Centre for Organic Horticulture research facility forms part of Ryton Organic Gardens near Coventry, operated by Garden Organic (formerly the Henry Doubleday Research Association - HDRA), the UK's leading promotor of organic gardening.

        This two phase, £1.8m project included a parallam timber frame supporting a precast concrete plank pitched roof (thermal mass), sedum 'green' roof coverings, cedar clad timber stud external walls insulated with recycled cellulose, and rainwater harvesting. Stow Associates provided cost management services and, due to the sudden availability of further funding within a finite timeframe, devised a procurement strategy for phase 2 based on using phase 1 data to enable phase 2 to be competitively tendered whilst the detailed design was progressing.

        Architect: ABQ Studio
        Structural Engineer: Barton Engineers
        Services Engineer: Paul Bastic Associates

    • Bristol Bridge House, Bristol

        Stow Associates have been involved in countless commercial and industrial schemes, in many instances assisting Contractors bidding under a design build or two stage procurement route. Bristol Bridge House is typical of this type of appointment and was a circa £5 million project involving the proposed total internal refurbishment and upgrading of a 1970's office building and the addition of a further floor at roof level.









  • Education

    • Introduction

        Stow Associates education experience includes nursery, early years provision, primary schools, secondary schools, and further education colleges. We understand the needs of education and the ever increasing challenges that schools and colleges face today. We are skilled in the project and cost management needed to provide first class learning environments that meet the demands of both the current and future curriculum and, in addition to advising on individual projects, we can also provide long term strategic planning, estate management including land disposal and purchase, and the selection and management of consultancy teams.

        Education Case Studies:

    • Notton House School, Lacock, Wiltshire

        Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal opened new buildings at Notton House Special School, near Lacock, Wiltshire, on 8th June 2006. This £1.7 million project comprised a new sports hall and classrooms, together with alterations to the existing Grade II listed buildings, including the provision of new domitories. Stow Associates provided quantity surveying services on the project.

        Architects: BBA Architects
        Structural Engineer: Brunel Design Partnership
        Services Engineer: White Young Green.

    • Early Years Centre, Hartcliffe, Bristol

        This £1.8 million project comprised the replacement of early years acommodation provided in temporary buildings that had become semi-permanent. The new building is well insulated with the main roof over the ground floor level classrooms covered with sedum which absorbs carbon dioxode, reduces rainwater run off, and further improves insulation, especially during summer. There is extensive use of natural light and natural ventilation. A phased handover was utilised to enable 'car park swapping' (parking lost under the footprint of the new building was reprovided at the end of the programme over the footprint of the existing building which was demolished). The Form of Contract was the EEC New Engineering Contract, Option B (priced contract with Bills of Quantities), under which Stow Associates were sub-let the cost management responsibilites of the appointed Project Manager. Due to the pressure on available funding, the project included approaching 100 provisional savings identified at tender stage that had to be closely monitored during the construction phase.

        Architect and Project Manager: Batterham Matthews Design
        Structural Engineer and CDM Coordinator: Hyder Consulting
        Services Engineer: Bristol City Council


    • Music Block Extension, Kingsfield School, Warmley, Bristol

        This project comprised the construction of a new block forming an extension to the existing music block, and conversion of existing space within the existing buildings into classrooms.

        Stow Associates were appointed was to provide quantity surveying services. The JCT 1998 Intermediate Form of Contract with Schedules of Work was utilised on this £900,000 project.

        Architect and Mechanical Engineer: South Glos Council
        Structural Engineer: George Harwood & Co.
        Electrical Engineer: Ian Mackingtosh

  • Sport and Leisure

    • Introduction

        Stow Associates sport and leisure experience is particularly strong and includes major national and regional sports facilities, hotels, casinos, restaurants, plus cinemas and other 'leisure boxes'. Our experience includes appointments from developers in respect of 'shell and core' leisure developments, and appointments in respect of the fit-out of individual leisure facilities on belhalf of leisure operators. We understand the generic, and many specific, leisure business models, which enables us to 'add value' to leisure schemes. We also have experience of public sector sport and leisure projects, and the lottery funding regimes which have underpinned many of them in recent years.

        Sport and Leisure Case Studies:

    • Regional Gymnastics Centre, Hartcliffe, Bristol

        This £1.8 million project comprised the provision of a new regional gymnastics centre for the teaching, coaching, and performance of gymnastics. Facilities include main hall, training stage, dance studio, changing rooms, servery / viewing area, reception and offices, plus changing and toilet facilities.

        Architect: LED Architects
        Structural Engineer: Brunel Design Partnership
        Building Services Engineer: Silcock Dawson


    • Mutiplex Cinema, Bluewater Park, Kent



        This 13 screen cinema was one of the first to feature gallaried VIP seating and service when in opened its doors in the late 1990's.

        Orginally designated to be the first Hoyts cinema in the UK, it was sold on and is now operated by Showcase Cinemas



  • Community and Public Realm

    • Introduction

        Stow Associates community and public realm experience includes providing project and/or cost management of community centres, visitor centres, learning and familiy centres, plus landscaping and other public realm projects.

        Community and Public Realm Case Studies:

    • Coniston Community Centre, Patchway, Bristol

        Phase 1 of this project (2003/4) comprised a ground floor nursery plus two first floor multifunction rooms, together with associated toilets, administration, and circulation space on three floors to serve both Phase1 and a future Phase 2. Phase 1 of the project was designed and delivered within a tight budget and, due to time constraints, a JCT Management Contract was entered into, necessitating the production of tender documentation on a package by package basis to meet a tight programme on this £800k project.

        Phase 2 (2010/11, £870k) comprised a three storey horizontal extension comprising a ground floor cafe with meeting and further multi-function rooms above, and a single storey rooftop extension comprising an office suite

        Architect: Dominic Taylor Architecture and Design
        Structural Engineer (Phase 1): Curtins Consulting (Phase 2): PRO Structures
        Services Engineer: Halcrow.

    • St Pauls Learning and Family Centre, St Pauls, Bristol

        A three storey new-build adult learning centre constructed around three sides of an adjacent single storey day centre, including refurbishment of the latter. The new building comprised a ground floor cafe, creche, and library, with flexible classrooms/ meeting rooms above which run languages, IT, craft and art courses.

        The £1.8 million project was procured via a two stage tender process and a JCT Intermediate form of Contract was utilised.

        Architect: BBA Architects
        Structural Engineer: Curtins Consulting
        Services Engineer White Young Green.

    • Sensory and Activity Garden, Brynmawr, South Wales

        Stow Associates were appointed to provide an independant estimate of the cost of the proposed works, which formed part of the application for community grant funding.

        Key to the scheme was to provide a facility and good access for disabled anglers.









  • Transport

    • Introduction

        Stow Associates transport experience includes road, rail, air, and marine transportation projects, and also extends into other areas of civil engineering including power generation, decontamination, and the nuclear industry.

        We have been fortunate to have been involved on some of the largest transportation projects in Europe, due mainly to the changes brought about by the increased use if the NEC Engineering and Construction Contract or design and build civil enginering contracts, both requiring civil engineering contractors to take responsiblility for the quantities of the works involved. CCM have been appointed by some of the largest and most innovative of the UK's civil engineering contractors to undertake this task.

        Transport Case Studies:

    • Channel Tunnel Rail Link, Contract 420

        CTRL Contract 420 forms part of the high speed Channel Tunnel Rail Link linking London with the Channel Tunnel portal at Cheriton, with the works occurring in mid-Kent between Ashford and Maidstone. The contract involves the construction of approximately 20km of high speed permanent way including significant bulk earthworks, exceeding 4 million m³, 15 retaining walls, 28 bridge structures and 4 cut/cover tunnels with a combined length exceeding 1km.

        Other significant works include the construction of a major landfill facility off line to allow the relocation of existing tips occurring along the route. Part of the work runs parallel and immediately adjacent to a busy section of the M20 motorway with a key feature of the project being the extensive highways interface.

        Stow Associates were appointed by Hochtief (UK) Construction Ltd to provide bills of quantities on the £120 million scheme.

    • A650 Bingley Relief Road

        The A650 Bingley Relief Road is a 5km dual two lane carriageway relief road through a semi urban area of West Yorkshire in a constrained corridor containing a river, canal and a railway. The route crosses two peat bogs and includes remediation works to an adjacent refuse tip. The project is very structures intensive and includes a 200m river viaduct, a 200m piled embankment, numerous piled and soil-nailed retaining walls, a cable-stayed footbridge (pictured), numerous other bridges (26 structures in total), and significant environmental works.

        The A650 Bingley Relief Road is unique amongst civil engineering projects, in that it won the Prime Minister's Award for Better Public Buildings in 2004.

        Stow Associates were appointed by two of the tenderers for the scheme (Hochtief (UK) Construction and Kier Civil Engineering) to prepare bills of quantities for the £50 million project.

    • Dublin Port Tunnel

        Dublin Port Tunnel is a twin bore tunnel 4.5km in length forming part of the M50 motorway, and completes the northern part of the C-Ring road around Dublin city. It is a dedicated route for heavy goods vehicles between the Port, located in the heart of the city, and the greater road network via the Coolock Lane Interchange (M50). At a construction cost of over Euros 450 million, it is the largest ever road transportation scheme to have been carried out in Ireland.

        The construction contract was awarded to a Nishimatsu, Mowlem, Irishenco consortium (NMI) in 2000. Stow Associates were appointed by Mowlem Civil Engineering (now Carillion Civil Engineering) to prepare bills of quantities for the 'cut and cover' tunnel sections at both ends of the deeper bored tunnel section.


Stow Associates is a limited company registered in England and Wales. Registered number: 6604340
Registered office: 1st Floor, 11 Church Street, Melksham, Wiltshire SN12 6LS
Tel: +44 (0)1249 461991