We provide Cost Management, Project Management, Quantity Surveying, Project Monitoring, Lender’s Supervision and Construction consultancy Services to many clients throughout the Central and East European regions on projects ranging in size from US $10,000 to US $100 million.
BHP International, the Barnard Howell Partnership, is owned and managed by Alasdair Barnard and Jeremy Howell. The partners have over 50 years of experience collectively working on five continents and in some sixty countries.
Our client organisations include: political finance bodies, International Hotel chains, Hotel operators, multi-national corporations, private equity funds, private education companies, commercial development organisations and international banks and finance agencies.
One of our specialisms is hotel development. We have overseen the construction and development of multiple hotels with brands such as Hyatt Regency, Park Hyatt, Ritz Carlton, Marriott, Hilton, Conrad, Hilton Garden Inn, Rognor, Intercontinental, Radisson and Reval. We also have extensive experience working on behalf of funding bodies such as OPIC, EBRD, IFC, Societe Generale Group, Erste Bank and Raiffeisen Bank on projects around the world.
Within the Balkans and the Eastern European region we have also worked in multiple project roles on large retail development sites, offices, factory production facilities and logistics projects, as well as project work on pharmaceutical production plants and educational establishments, including higher education, establishments.
We have built our reputations on delivering services, which comprehensively satisfy and consistently exceed our Clients' expectations. We bring tried and tested procedures to appointments but also combine this with new and innovative solutions where appropriate. We aim to be flexible to the changing requirements of a project and above all, we strive to continually improve our service and outperform the expectations of our Clients.
It is the appreciation of cost and value, together with safeguarding the design intent, which has enabled BHP International to work so effectively in the past with architects and other design team members.
We are currently operating from our principle office in Bulgaria and from our representative office in the UK.
Our approach to each project is underlined by a number of key philosophies and expectations, first of which is that we select personnel who will take full ownership of a project and become the client's lead adviser, acting as the single point of contact with the design team and contractor.
We establish clear project goals at the commencement of a project based on the following:
Co-operative team working - Our role is to 'encourage the creation of value' by establishing a creative team environment and ensuring each member knows his or her responsibilities.
On time stages and completion - It is essential that designers work in recognisable stages, which culminate in a team report and client approval - short term targets are identified and achieved.
Economic construction costs - Achieving best value in relation to construction costs entails controlling the design, so that it can be cost effectively built, as well as controlling the procurement to ensure that the most suitable contractors are used.
Quality achievements - Quality standards are one of the first issues to agree with the client - these are benchmarked and costed.
Economic occupation costs - Decisions made on material selection and construction techniques affect the long term costs of running the facility - life-cycle costing and value management techniques are applied to ensure informed decisions are made.
Comprehensive end user satisfaction - The users are involved from Day One - this is fundamental to ensuring that a facility is created in such a way that it will operate to the satisfaction of the intended end user.
We believe that a number of key principles and attributes can be brought together at bhp International to achieve a successful outcome and in order to enhance the development of a project. These are:
We have been operating in UK since 2013, opening our rep office near St Albans in early 2014.
We predominantly handle all of our Funded Supervision works, including Technical Due-diligence and on-going site monitoring works, the Lender’s Supervision or Independent Engineer role, on behalf of various funding bodies, from our UK operation. These include Political Banks such as OPIC, IFC and EBRD as well as other commercial Banks and Funds.
We are currently working on a diverse range of projects throughout Sub Saharan Africa, South America and Central Asia, including new build Hotels, Hospitals, Universities, Restaurants and Office buildings together with a large Auto facility. Our current project work includes projects in Ecuador, Ghana, Kenya, Israel, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Myanmar.
BHP International (UK) Ltd is a UK registered company and an RICS Registered practice.
Although we currently have only two full time professional staff, together with administrative support, in the UK we are also utilising members of our Team in Bulgaria on these projects.
BHP International participate in the Read more
BHP International participate in the ”Sustainability Forum Sofia“, organized by the BGBC on the 20th of April 2022 in Hyatt Regency hotel.
The focus was on the sustainable construction and urban planning. The presentations on different aspects of sustainable urban development clearly showed that our low-carbon future is possible and our joint efforts will contribute to the important shift towards green urban development and decarbonisation of the building sector in Bulgaria.
The presentation delivered by Alasdair Barnard, partner at BHP International, addressing the cost of sustainable construction, contributed a lot to the fruitful discussion. The positive feedback proves that we managed to attract the attention of politicians and professionals to the importance of the issues raised.
BHP International Ltd. is a
beneficiary of project BG16RFOP002-2.089-5752 "Support for small
enterprises with a turnover of over BGN 500,000 to overcome the economic
consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic“. The project is carried out with the
financial support of Operational Program "Innovation and
Competitiveness" 2014-2020, co-financed by the European Union through the
European Regional Development Fund and the national budget of the Republic of
The total value of the project is BGN 50 000.00 of which BGN 42 500.00 are European funding and BGN 7 500.00 are national co-financing. The project started on 21.03.2022 and is to be completed on 18.04.2022.
The project aims at overcoming the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The main goal is to provide operational capital and overcome the shortage of funds and lack of liquidity caused by the epidemic of COVID-19.
On 5th of June 2019 was the official opening of “Rila Renaissance Centre” in Anglo – American School, Sofia. The Art Centre combines... Read more
On 5th of June 2019 was the official opening of “Rila Renaissance Centre” in Anglo – American School, Sofia. The Art Centre combines modern sound and lighting technologies, as well as audio-visual and multimedia arts. The Rila Renaissance Centre is a wonderful place where the kids of the school can develop and preform their talents.
BHP International acted as Project & Cost Manager for the Project.
BHP International are part of the team that will build Green Offices and Residential Area project in Krastova Vada district of... Read more
BHP International are part of the team that will build Green Offices and Residential Area project in Krastova Vada district of Sofia.
The project includes construction of an office building and residential complex. As Project Manager BHP together with the Developer, Designers and the Construction Contractors will create unique living and working environment within a park under the Vitosha mountain.
The ground excavation ceremony took place in February 2019, here are some pictures taken from it.
Space Tower, the newest office building on Tsarigradsko shose BLVD, topping out ceremony took place last week. BHP is proud to... Read more
Space Tower, the newest office building on Tsarigradsko shose BLVD, topping out ceremony took place last week. BHP is proud to work as Construction manager on this project. Congratulations to all project teams for the great work!
BHP Partner Jeremy Howell on site at the University of Ghana. A development on behalf of "Africa Inergras" for the University of Ghana,... Read more
BHP Partner Jeremy Howell on site at the University of Ghana. A development on behalf of "Africa Inergras" for the University of Ghana, where BHP International have been appointed by W P Carey, a US based real estate investment trust and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to provide technical Lender's Supervision services for the construction of a large dormitory building and four academic buildings on the University's Legon Campus in Accra, Ghana.
BHP Partner Jeremy Howell on site at the University of Central Asia, a development on behalf of His Highness the Aga Khan, in Khorog,... Read more
BHP Partner Jeremy Howell on site at the University of Central Asia, a development on behalf of His Highness the Aga Khan, in Khorog, Tajikistan where BHP International have been appointed by the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to provide technical Lender's Supervision services for the construction of Phase 1 of the University in this remote part of Central Asia.
The Groungbreaking Ceremony of the new Phase IV of Anglo – American Shool in Sofia (AAS) took place on 10th October 2017. BHP... Read more
The Groungbreaking Ceremony of the new Phase IV of Anglo – American Shool in Sofia (AAS) took place on 10th October 2017.
BHP International have been appointed by AAS to provide Project and Cost Management Services.
The new Phase IV Project includes new Performing Art Theatre building, which will open in the autumn 2018, as well as extension of the school wings Block H and D whithin the existing school campus.
The GBA is approximately 6,500 m2.
BHP Partner, Jeremy Howell, fourth from the right, on a site visit to the Ruaraka Student Housing Project in Nairobi, Kenya. BHP... Read more
BHP Partner, Jeremy Howell, fourth from the right, on a site visit to the Ruaraka Student Housing Project in Nairobi, Kenya. BHP International have been appointed by the Overseas.
Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) to provide technical Lender's Supervision services for a number of student and other residential projects in Kenya.
As Development Managers, we manage projects from inception through to completion, creating a property asset along the way. We will manage both the in-house team and all third party consultants, including the negotiation of all necessary project consents. We work creatively with designers, agents and funders in order to achieve the returns that have been illustrated in the financial model.
We typically assist the client with managing the following aspects of a typical project as part of our Development Management services:
Our Project Management teams provide a complete Project Management service through design, construction, project close-out and into the operational phase.
In addition to our standard services, our Project Management teams can also provide development monitoring, development management as well as technical and environmental due diligence.
Our Project Management teams come from a broad construction background, which includes Architecture, Structural Engineering, Quantity and Building Surveying.
We typically provide a combination of the following disciplines as part of our Project Management services:
Our Cost Management teams provide construction cost estimating, cost planning and cost management from inception through design and construction to financial close-out.
We do not subcontract our Cost Estimating or Cost Management services. We have an extensive in-house database of historical construction and related costs, which allows us to provide accurate budgeting and estimating as part of our overall service for all development sectors (i.e. office, residential, industrial, hotel, education, healthcare, sports and leisure etc).
Our Cost Management teams are made up of individuals with the construction background in Quantity Surveying and most are Members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (i.e. MRICS).
We typically provide a combination of the following disciplines as part of our Cost Management services:
Our LS/PM/IE teams have a wealth of experience gained over twenty years of work on four continents in industries such as Hospitality, Office Development, Education and Retail.
We typically provide a combination of the following disciplines as part of our Lender's Supervisor services:
As an adjunct to our Cost Management and LS services we are also able to provide client assistance on both acquisition and disposal of property assets. Due to our Quantity and Building Surveying backgrounds we have extensive knowledge and experience in this area, both acting as the managers of internal client assets and whilst acting on behalf of external clients.
We typically provide a combination of the following disciplines as part of our Property Acquisition and Disposal services:
We generally assist in achieving the project sustainability aspirations and have recently been involved in several LEED and BREEAM certified projects.
We typically provide a combination of the following disciplines as part of our Sustainability advice services:
We typically provide a holistic management approach to our Property Management Services which, when combined with our Project and Cost Management expertise, allows us to provide a "One Stop Shop".
We typically provide management of the following Property, Facilities and Asset Management duties/services:
BHP International has made a strong commitment to environmental best practice and the prevention of pollution in office management and general operations associated with our professional activities. Through a process of continual improvement, BHP International aims to be a leader in environmental practices, providing a role model for others to follow.