Our Projects


June 2020 - June 2022

TIES Living Lab

The Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Strategy Living Lab is a 2 year 25 party collaboration programme, partially funded by InnovateUK as part of the Transforming Construction Challenge. The 25 partners will work with Government, I3P and the Construction Innovation Hub to use data, identifying  Modern Methods of Construction – driving down delivery times, reducing our carbon footprint and improving safety and skills for construction workers accross transport infrastructure projects.

Members include: NSAR Ltd, Bryden Wood Technology Ltd, Costain Ltd, Office for National Statistics, Whole Life Consultants Ltd,  Accelar Ltd, Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd, Kier Construction ltd, Akerlof Ltd,  X-Treme Systems Ltd, Expedition Engineering Ltd, Walker Construction Ltd,  Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, Strategic Rail Consultants Ltd, The Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd,  Social Profit Calculator Ltd, Powercube Ltd, Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd, Transport for London, Highways England Ltd,  East West Railway Company Ltd, University of Dundee, University of the West of England, University of LeedsWith NSAR – National Skills Academy for Rail as the Lead Party. 

The TIES Living Lab was established, bringing together Key UK Transport Client Groups, Suppliers and Academic experts to build capability within delivery, innovation and managing construction risk. The Transport Infrastructure Efficiency Strategy outlines several challenges, the Living Lab aims to tackle these issues while improving integration, productivity and driving wider social benefit through major construction schemes. This programme will be a catalyst for cultural change, shifting focus with infrastructure delivery decision making from the cost of construction to an understanding of its whole life cycle. 

Febuary 2019 - January 2022


AIMCH (Advanced Industrialised Methods for the Construction of Homes) is a 3-year, 6-party consortium project, partially funded by InnovateUK as part of the “Transforming Construction” challenge.

Stewart Milne Group Ltd are the lead party and Stewart Dalgarno of SMG brought together Barratt Developments, London & Quadrant Housing Trust Ltd, Forster Roofing Services Ltd, The Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd and The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre to make up this consortium project. 

The AIMCH ambition is to transform how homes are built in the UK, by developing industrialisation of manufacturing processes and demonstrating solutions to the challenges of digitisation and offsite construction. 

Our proven expertise in handling similar, centrally funded consortium projects led Stewart Milne Group Ltd to secure our services to carry out Project Managment and Project Support for the full 3-year project duration.  

From day one we initiated engagement accross the project and quickly established ourselves, which was helped by achieving some early highly important commitments. As soon as it was possible we visited all project partners to enable the formation of relationships which is critical for the success of the project.

Communications and relationships across the project are well-established, as are the project management protocols. The project has been running successfully to-date and our focus is on ensuring ongoing success of the project, whilst minimising Project Managment overheads on the wider project team 

November 2015 - October 2018


OPTIMISED (Operational Planning Tool Interfacing Manufacturing Integrated Simulations with Empirical Data) was a 3-year, 10-party consortium project within the Horizon 2020 “Factories of the Future” framework, fully funded by the EU, in the topic area of ICT-enabled modelling, simulation, analytics and forecasting technologies.

OPTIMISED developed digital twins and decision support systems using IIOT solutions to create optimised and reactive planning systems across three industrial demonstrators. 

Laing O’Rourke (LOR) were the lead party with Keonys SAS (France), Advanced Data Processing GmbH (Germany), the University of Nottingham (UK), Alstom Transport S.A. (France), SimPlan AG (Germany), Ideko S.COOP (Spain), Goimek S. COOP (Spain), Smarter Grid Solutions Ltd (UK) and Dassault Systemes SE (France) making up the partners for this consortium project. 

LOR secured our services to provide Project Management and Project Support after being impressed by our expertise in handling challenging assignments and our flexible engagement model. 

From the outset we made it clear that we would support the client with additional non-routine effort as required, which was really important to the client.

The technical challenges were high, since this was a complex project and the solution required novel approaches to solve challenging, real-world operational and manufacturing planning problems, and demanded a high degree of integration between different software components and multiple partners. The outcome was to be a solution that had not previously been successfully achieved.

With proven experience in engineering and project management within high technology areas, we knew that implementing a robust and effective project management approach would be key to ensuring the success of this project. Furthermore, early implementation is critical to setting expectations and gaining traction. This is where expectations and reality can come into conflict: we faced the typical challenge to get all parties onto the same page and to reach a compromise that addressed both local (partner) and global (whole project and EU) objectives.

Additionally, we faced the typical project management challenges of staff turnover, changes in partners’ business strategy and resource constraints.

The project delivered on its 9 project objectives and achieved excellent recognition and feedback across the industry and from the EU, having won awards in several categories.