June 2018 UK Project Management Round Up

Good News, Not So Good News, Some Not So Bad News, BREXIT and Some More Good Project News



By Miles Shepherd

Executive Advisor & International Correspondent

Salisbury, England, UK



This month’s report is like a Neapolitan Sandwich – in UK this is an ice cream with vanilla bands sandwiching a raspberry band – with some good news to start, some not so good news in the middle and, finally, some better news.


After a five year refit project, the Temperate House at Kew Gardens has re-opened to the public.  Note that the “temperate” bit has nothing to do with not drinking: it refers to the climate control.  The Project at Kew Gardens, a World Heritage site, restored a Grade 1 listed building; the largest remaining Victorian glasshouse in the world – dating from 1863.  It also included plans to expand Kew’s involvement with communities and schools by providing, new spaces for engaging in community and participation projects.

Artists Impression: Temperate House Kew.  Picture: Kew Gardens

This National Lottery supported five-year long undertaking has been truly immense – the entire framework of the building has been painstakingly repaired, and its 15,000 panes of glass replaced, along with its intricate ironwork and expansive paved flooring.  Around 500 plants were taken out and housed in a temporary nursery, with an incredible 10,000 going back in.  The close out phase has been a lengthy and delicate process that started in September 2017and was completed on time for the opening in May 2018.

The £41 million restoration project was carried out by Donald Insall Associates.  Designed by Decimus Burton in 1860 the greenhouse was dismantled into some 69,000 components, metal parts stripped back to base layers and repainted using more than 5,000 litres of paint.  Donald Insall were involved in every stage of the project and prepared the conservation master plan.

Aimée Felton, of Donald Insall Associates, said “When we tried to put everything back in perfect alignment, we ran tests and found there were leaks everywhere. Of course, the original building had been built by craftsmen rather than robots”.  She went on to say “So Kew is something of a test-bed for the Palace of Westminster, in that they both offer the same proposition of academic thought versus actual realities. Both have to be living buildings that are made to work efficiently without losing their charm. But at least, unlike MPs, plants don’t have much of an opinion where they’re sent to.


As always, the press has been awash with the bad news, that sells papers, after all.  The biggest disaster has been the TSB IT disaster but there are also problems for several high-profile projects that are at the planning stage, BREXIT rumbles on and new nuclear has been enjoying mixed fortunes.


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To cite this report: Shepherd, M. (2018). June 2018 UK Project Management Round Up, PM World Journal, Vol. VII, Issue VI – June.  Available online at https://pmworldjournal.net/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/pmwj71-Jun2018-Shepherd-UK-Regional-Report.pdf

About the Author

Miles Shepherd

Salisbury, UK





Miles Shepherd is an executive editorial advisor and international correspondent for PM World Journal in the United Kingdom. He is also managing director for MS Projects Ltd, a consulting company supporting various UK and overseas Government agencies, nuclear industry organisations and other businesses.  Miles has over 30 years’ experience on a variety of projects in UK, Eastern Europe and Russia.  His PM experience includes defence, major IT projects, decommissioning of nuclear reactors, nuclear security, rail and business projects for the UK Government and EU.   Past Chair and Fellow of the Association for Project Management (APM), Miles is also past president and chair and a Fellow of the International Project Management Association (IPMA).  He is currently a Director for PMI’s Global Accreditation Centre and is immediate past Chair of the ISO committee developing new international standards for Project Management and for Program/Portfolio Management.  He was involved in setting up APM’s team developing guidelines for project management oversight and governance.  Miles is based in Salisbury, England and can be contacted at [email protected].

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