QUINTIN QS appointed to cost manage a D+B scheme providing 34nr semi attached dwellings, in Castlewellan, Co.Down.


Update: November 2019 (21 dwellings handed over to Client)


Update: 5th September 2019


Dwellings as completed


Rear gardens as completed where backing onto higher level properties beyond





Example of completed dormer, against painted wall finish and stainless steel pipework


Visual effect as walking down roadway through scheme. Once final kerbing and railings completed, top coat of asphalt to be applied.


View from lower side of scheme, railings between properties painted


Certain dwellings have strong colours which stand out as shown


At lower end of site, final fencing being erected. Turf laid throughout site.


Last dwellings having kerbing etc completed ahead of blacktop finishes


View of rear gardens with painted timber fencing, gabion retaining walls, lock n load retaining walls and turf as laid.


Similarily, a view from entrance to typical dwelling.

Scheme due for two part handover being 24th October 2019. Final snagging underway and testing of equipment.



Update: 11th Jul 2019



Entrance area approach. Hoarding taken down and footpaths and roads being completed.



Carport construction as completed



View of dwellings nearing completion



View from further down site



Another view mid site



View of Lock N Load walling under construction





Rear of upper properties, where retaining walls and rear fencing erected



View from open grass area, with mountains in the background



Another view toward mountains



Example of 3 tier Lock N Load wall, three courses high



View of dwarf kerbing/concrete below metal fencing around open grass area. Eliminates grass/weed growth up through fencing



Typical railings and fencing arrangement between dwellings



Final area of fencing under construction to lower end of site



Typical front entrance area to dwelling, with Lock n Load accommodating the change in levels throughout the site



A series of views should Lock N Load walling being placed in position




Concrete posts placed in position for final area of fencing



A completed rear garden with combination of Lock N Load, gabions and timber fencing



View from open grassed area, up site towards entrance area

Generally, works progressing well. Electricity ‘energized’ on Tuesday of next week. Further blacktop works commencing next Wednesday and gradual completion of siteworks to front of dwellings.

Anticipated completion August 2019



Update: 7th June 2019

View mid site


Boundary work where retaining walls inserted


A typical pairing


Door canopy before placing


Street view !


Electric cabling in place


View up site


Contrasting colours


Lock and load retaining structure


Completed rear garden


Further street view


Wider view of retaining walling


Preparations for turfing


Turfing complete


Dormer completion


View of fencing as completed


Generally, works progressing at pace. External works being progressed from back to front roadway.



Update: 3rd May 2019

Timber fencing to rear of dwellings. Prior to black decoration.


Monochrome colour scheme beginning to be evident around site.


View of timber fencing on top of retaining wall. Wall may receive white paint decoration.


Siteworks in progress!


View down site…kerbing started….service trenches awaiting utilities arriving………critical to finishing of siteworks ahead of completion date.


Carport canopy complete


Lower side view


Rear fencing progressing to lower side of site


Further fencing progress


View on approach to site


Typical rear yard completion


View up site


Lower rear boundary, planting in place


Generally, works progressing at pace. Insertion of Utilities new week key to completion of remaining works.



Update: 4th April 2019

Paving as completed earlier today.


Rear fencing as completed


Internal finish as specified


View of white painted dwellings; adjacent dwellings shall be painted shades of grey.


View of kitchen as specified.


View of timber/stone mix to rear of dwellings.



Update: 27th February 2019

First dwelling paved as specified


Carport construction underway


Rear fencing in progress


Rear fencing to shield drainage chambers underway


Division fencing underway between dwellings


Planting to slopes completed



Wider views of planting within site


Closer view of whips planted


Double sided fencing under construction


Generally, works progressing with good weather a bonus. All dwellings constructed and trimming out joinery commence soon.

M&E ongoing across site.



Update: 31st January 2019

Final build on site


Completed Plot of 2


View from lower site.

Works progressing apace. Weather holding up well. All trades actively progressing through their workloads.

External works being brough along with cross site drainage nearing completion to allow access road kerbing to be set.



Update: 4th January 2019

View of completed dormer


View of long retaining wall to rear of Plot 1/2


View showing height aspect of same retaining wall


View down site from Plots 5/6 onwards


Typical completed plot of two dwellings


View of lower plots, returning back up site

Official start back on Monday 7th January 2019. Siteworks review meeting occurred today to determine critical activities to commence final paving and fencing etc to each plot.


Update: 6th December 2018

View showing boundary wall of adjacent property after temporary shoring and permanent retaining works completion


Panoramic view of Plot 1/2 following wall construction


Plot 1/2 substructures completion. Represents final plot in the whole scheme of 34nr dwellings.


Steel beams and associated wall plates


Example of streetscape


Floor construction including ALPHA insulated concrete


Alternative view of scheme


View inside dwelling with stairs in place


Innovative use of pipework to create post holes


Typical driveway layouts on completion of major groundworks.


Example of sub-floor being poured below



Update: 2nd November 2018

View of completed plot of two dwellings. Ground levels being established for final hard surfacings.


On a certain section of site, temporary and permanent earth retaining works being constructed. Here, two images of temporary works in place.


At lower end of site, near last remaining timber frame kits being erected. Manufacturing due to finish next week and factory facility dismantled, removed off site and erected for alternative use elsewhere.


View of dwellings from rear and adjacent to gabion works underway.

The manufacturing facility mentioned previously can be seen in the foreground.


Two views of gabion retaining walls under construction adjacent to boundary of site.



Update: 3rd October 2018

Lower end, seeing erection of timber frames closing in site


The Lock & Load system of retaining walling under construction


Foreground plot recently dashed, with adjacent background plots at various stages of completion awaiting Windows & External Doors


Alternative retaining solutions being adopted to rear of dwellings


Further plots with timber frames erected and trusses spread ahead of roof covering works


A view of one dormer on completion


Generally, scheme progressing on programme, and closing in site with further siteworks being undertaken to establish plot levels using the Lock & Load system of ground retention.



Update: 29th August 2018

View of near completed rear elevations


Works progressing at pace across site


Example of first dormer nearing completion by N&D Roofing


The folding press being used by N&D Roofing to form panels to dormers. Note coil material in the background


Certain boundary retaining walls completed with wet dash finish


Manufacture process proceeding onwards, with completion in sight within next few months


View of last few sites being prepared for precast slabs etc



Update: 1st August 2018

View of timber frame erection ongoing


One plot with roofing in place, external blockwork skin complete and awaiting wet dash rendering


Timber trusses being lifted into position


Upper plot substantially complete with 1st fix M&E in place; scaffolding dropped on upper plot showing the final visual fenestration ahead of Windows/Doors and Dormer finishes.


Forming dormers as noted in previous photo


Example of verge detailing


Certain boundary retaining walls under construction around site


Generally, works gaining momentum as first plot nearing completion involving all trades, technical issues addressed and client final positioning of sockets etc being undertaken after friday’s progress meeting.

Current programme maintains target for May 2019 completion



Update: 3rd July 2018

Timber frames erecting at pace

Frames awaiting installation

Part built frames progressing around site

Generally, works progressing at good rate. Bricklayers are two plots clear, allowing wet dash rendering a prompt start once quotations returned by early next week.

Dwellings are being painted so any firms wishing to quote for same, please contact accordingly!

M&E quotes returned and being assessed. Start on site due imminently!


Update: 11th May 2018

Final precast ground beams being lowered into position.

Temporary formwork being positioned to complete connections between precast groundbeams.

Plot ready for blockwork underbuilding.

Temporary production facility, producing timber framed panels

Timber framed panels positioned on typical plot ahead of erection by separate squad of joiners.

Typical split level plot where tanking membrane to be introduced to prevent water penetration.

Generally, scheme gaining momentum as weather being more settled than of late.

Once piling groundworks complete this coming week and bricklayers move ahead to create space for following trades, precast slabs can be positioned and timber framing erected.

It is planned to substantially complete one plot to allow all parties agree on technical issues relating to roofing, windows and M&E layouts.


Update: 5th May 2018

Onsite mortar mix facility

Final steel piles in place

Cappings to concrete filled steel pipes and reinforcement tie bars

Precast ground beams in position

Filled base ahead of precast slab placement

Traditional substructures to certain plots completed

Timber frame manufacture underway within temporary workshop

Working area for timber frame manufacture


Update: 12th Apri 2018

Telegraph poles?

No…..steel piling tubes already driven 6m into made up ground. Each shall be cut at required formation level and remainder used in another location across lower end of site. Once filled with concrete, shall be capped ahead of precast ground beams being fixed and topped with precast concrete floor slabs.

Pipes are actually redundant North Sea oil drilling well delivery pipes !


Piling rig in position, driving steel piles as shown.

Timber frame manufacturing shed nearing completion.

Works on programme and bricklayers, precast slab suppliers and joiners being sourced to progress dwellings.


Update: 6th April 2018

Formation levels set in preparation for piling rig hopefully arriving on Monday 9th April 2018. Constant rainfall not helping progress !

Gabion works to rear boundary complete as designed

Major drainage manhole in position

An outfall from culvert which has been diverted across site prior to house building works

Generally, works progressing well. Piling works and thereafter, underbuilding bricklaying to commence next week. Timber frame construction to commence once final temporary shed works complete. Scaffolding and precast slabs being tendered at present.


Update: 26th March 2018

Final formation levels being established to allow commencement of piling works


Portal frame shed erected to facilitate timber frame construction on site

Major groundworks completed and retaining wall works being progressed at various stages. Commencement of piling works planned in tandum with finalizing sub-contract packages for substructures bricklaying and supply of precast slabs.


Update: 9th March 2018

Gabions being erected along boundary

Main storm water holding drainage


Temporary production shed under construction


View of gabion wall from site entrance


Earthmoving equipment used to remodel site level in cut and fill works

Works progressing well. First foundations due for pouring this coming week.



Update: 1st March 2018

Gabion wall close up !


Gabion wall view from outside lower site boundary

Major groundworks and culvert works progressing on programme. Weather permitting, substructures commencing April/May 2018.