derek farrow
Partner, Project Management

Derek has over 30 years' experience in the construction industry. His market sector expertise includes education, health, transport and research

After training as a Quantity Surveyor Derek went on to specialise in the delivery of highly service environments before moving exclusively into project management. He has practised as a value and risk management workshop facilitator, an OGC Risk Practitioner and has qualified as a Prince II Practitioner.

His project expertise includes project management of engineering and building projects in the UK and overseas.

Recent Projects

  • Airbus Industries, Partner responsible for the delivery of £30,m new HQ building.
  • Keble College, Oxford the Project Manager responsible for the development of 255 new student rooms along with 2,500m² of commercial space.
  • Mansfield College, Oxford - Love Lane: The project designed by Rick Mather Architects will deliver 78 additional student rooms as well as providing accommodation for the new Institute of Human Rights, the scheme features a 160 seat auditorium which is situated below ground, the site constraints make this a challenging project to complete
  • St Antony's College, Oxford – Investcorp Building: £10m Zaha Hadid designed Library and archive, including a lecture theatre in a 6m deep basement, the scheme presented some major challenges as it is adjacent to a large sequoia tree. The architecturally challenging building was delivered on time and on budget. Project Partner responsible for the delivery of the scheme.
  • St Antony's College, Oxford – Gateway Building: Director responsible for £7.5m new build student accommodation college office accommodation and Porters Lodge buildings. The scheme was designed by Bennetts Associates. The challenge of building within the conservation area of north oxford and adjacent to a grade 2 listed building were significant.
  • Wadham College, Oxford: Director responsible for projects including the South Range Scheme, the scheme upgraded the existing staircase accommodation.
  • Exeter College, Oxford: Project Manager responsible for establishing the team and bring this potentially contentious building to a successful planning application, Developed the procurement strategy and managed the appointment of the main contractor. The building designed by Alison Brookes Architects has a number of significant design aspects that will make this an Iconic Oxford Building.
  • St Antony's College, Oxford: Main Building and 21 Winchester Road refurbishment of listed buildings.
  • Wolfson College, Oxford: Director responsible for the delivery of a number of projects including the new academic block.
  • Mansfield College: Project Management of the East Range refurbishment and new kitchen extension and works o Grade I listed building.
  • Bristol University School of Veterinary Sciences: Project Manager responsible for £1.3m installation of 1.1MW of combined heat and power and the installation of 750kW waste heat recovery system from the local incinerator.
  • Bristol University: Project Manager responsible to the £1.9m installation of 5MW of CHP in two locations on the main precinct.
  • University of Nottingham – Centre for,Sustainable Chemistry: Following the detailed development of the concept with GSK the design was adopted by UoN for the Centre for sustainable chemistry, the scheme is currently on site and will deliver some 4500m² of labs and associated write up space, along with a large space designed for public engagement.
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