Kier Infrastructure – Canal & River Trust

Toddbrook Dam Repair





  • Programme value


  • Programme duration

    3 years

  • Risk mitigation


Kier Infrastructure takes charge: Repairing the Toddbrook reservoir spillway

Client need

Toddbrook Reservoir’s auxiliary spillway was damaged by intense rainfall in August 2019. There was disruption to the concrete slabs on the downstream slope of the dam, exposing the earth below to considerable flow and erosion damage. The incident was widely reported in the media due to the potential disaster of the Whaley Bridge and spillway damage flooding the town below.

Kier Infrastructure were appointed by the Canal & River Trust for emergency response containment and enabling works contracts, leading to the main works contract to reinstate and repair the spillway and dam.

Kier Infrastructure secured a CappKind Senior Quantity Surveyor to carry out contract and commercial management on the Toddbrook Reservoir reinstatement works.

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Robust contract & commercial management

CappKind solution

The services provided by our CappKind project quantity surveyor included the following:

  • Contract and commercial management.
  • Cost forecasting and reporting (internal and client).
  • Preparation, negotiation, and management of subcontracts up to £1m in value each.
  • Ensuring the main contract was properly administered, including timely issue of contractual notices and communications.
  • Providing reports on actual costs v estimate and identifying underlying reasons for any variance and resolutions, in particular highlighting, challenging & resolving variance to latest plans.
  • Managing the application for payment process, including cash flow management.
  • Leading the management and dissemination of contractual arrangements, risks, and issues to all project team members (including site staff).
  • Team management of the project commercial team.
Ensuring project success through cost and commercial management

The impact

Our project quantity surveyor quickly established commercial control and became fully integrated within the Kier Infrastructure project delivery team. Benefits included:

  • Protecting Kier Infrastructures position in terms of contract and commercial risk and margin.
  • Identification of key risks and working proactively to address and mitigate them.
  • Identification of changes in scope via the early warning and compensation events processes, ensuring change was captured, assessed and implemented.
  • Timely negotiation of terms and conditions and appointment of subcontractors.

Key benefits

  • Risk management

  • Cost management

  • Increased margin

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