Snows Motor Group, Exeter

I was employed by Rekan Project Management, for the new development in Exeter for a new £3.5 million pound showroom, for Snows Motor Group, Lexus and Toyota. They were fully fitted to the latest design and this also included new service workshops and MOT bays. My role was to carry out site visits and report back progress to the client, monitoring quality control. This would be by an observation report which also got issued to the design team. My brief also involved carrying out final inspections up to contract completion.

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Project Brief: This was a refurbishment of an existing steel frame two story building by way of structurally altering the existing steel frame. We removed 50% of the first floor to create the new show room sales area which also included a complete internal refurbishment and fit out of the offices areas. Externally the building was re cladded with KIA Franchise colours and we installed a new curtain walling to the front and side elevations with the installation of three dry valet area with one wet valet area. Ralph Elliott was brought in by Rekan Project Management to assist in the completion of the contract this being, assisting the design team and main contractor; also co-ordinating the client installation of signage and internal fit out. In addition we managed all inspections and quality management up to handover.

Kia Showroom


Project Brief: This was an extensive refurbishment of an existing service workshops at Kia. We added an extension to the building steel frame then stripped the existing cladding to install the KIA franchise colours. We installed a curtain walling across the complete front of the building and fully fitted out the internal show room using mechanical and electrical systems. Ralph Elliott was contracted by Rekan Project Management to manage the contract this being, running the design team and main contractor; also co-ordinating the client installation of signage and internal fit out. In addition we managed all inspections and quality management up to handover.

Kia Showroom


Project Brief: This building was a timber frame construction and because of its location, not having the availability to install as a sectional building, this had to be built on site. The external elevations of the building were timber clad and four class rooms were created – two ground floor and two first floor. The building was fully fitted out mechanically and electrically with internal lift and fully installed I.T systems.

Ralph Elliott was contracted by Rekan Project management this being to run the design team making sure the building works did not interfere with the college campus. We had to ensure the programme allowed for exam periods, which meant total noise reduction was carried out safely. We also carried out progress meetings and logistic programmes, issued each week with discussions with heads of departments.

We managed the quality control and carried out inspections through the contract and up to handover of the building.

Conlan Photography Building


Project Brief: A new retail complex with undercroft underground car park, steel frame and concrete frame. This included a GP surgery plus four additional outlets with apartments. This challenging contract had to meet the needs of all tenants’ end dates and trading dates, with complex Section 278 Highway Works necessary while the road remained fully operational.

Ralph Elliott: “We gained a full understanding from each client on needs, specialist installation and commissioning; created a programme to address all requirements; managed design to keep to budget and specification; this included adoption of Section 278 Highway Works.”



Project Brief: A highly complex project requiring a two-storey concrete frame structure built over a Roman Bathhouse that would be revealed for public view. The positioning of piled foundations had to be extremely accurate, plus complicated stone panels and glazed viewing gallery designed and installed; numerous road closures were required but activity could not disrupt neighbouring council offices and main library site.

Ralph Elliott: “Ran the design team; attended regular meetings with archaeologist; oversaw the design for budget control; programmed and planned construction from commencement to completion; and took the contract to completion and handover.”



Project Brief: A rebuild of the existing unit that burnt down that had to be constructed on the original footings.

The design of the new building had to comply with the latest HTM specification. Whilst the work was being carried out the temporary scanner was adjacent in the main car park.

The overall programme was 21 weeks, with the first patients’ appointments set for the day after handover.

Ralph Elliott: “The building was traditional construction Brick and Block with a flat roof, this also had an external plant room situated on the roof within a steel frame. The building was also linked into the main hospital in two locations, these had to be maintained for fire exits from the main building. This was a very fast construction programme that put a lot of pressure on the design team to allow the programme to succeed.”