Associate Director:
Andrew Wooldridge-Irving


BSc (Hons) Quantity Surveying


Prof. Membership:
Association of Cost Engineers (MACostE)

Andrew is an NEC expert practitioner with over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry

working on major transportation and civil engineering projects spanning rail, HV distribution

and highways mostly using the NEC forms of contract.


Andrew has extensive pre and post contract management experience of projects across varied

sectors, most recently railway engineering and power transmission with particular expertise in

contract management using the NEC.


Andrew's NEC expertise is reflected in both his contribution to online forums and writing

published articles for sector-specific press and publications. He has also presented at industry

events as an expert speaker on the NEC suite of contracts and other related topics.


Andrew is the head of GVE’s training division and uses his knowledge and experience of the NEC

suite of contracts to provide internal training (on areas such as secondary options) and

external training to GVE’s contractor and specialist subcontractor clients. Andrew is the host of

our new series of NEC training webinars.


Specialties: contract management, commercial management, cost management, claims management, dispute resolution and adjudication, quantity surveying, NEC training, rail and road, energy and utilities, building.

Project Highlights | Commercial Management and Consultation; Contract Management; Cost Management

GVE Commercial Solutions Limited

Associate Director     (2021 – Present)
Consultant Surveyor (2018 – 2021)


Highways England Area 4 and 12 Asset Support Framework

Providing commercial services to facilitate the management and administration of the financial and commercial procedures under the framework contract.


Highway Care
NEC3 ECS Presentation

Overview of the contract and changes between NEC3 and NEC4



Southend University Hospital

Review of heavily amended NEC3 ECSS form of contract



Maxwell's Farm

Review of amended JCT 2016 Design and Build form of contract


Amaro Signalling

NEC3 ECS Presentation

Overview of the contract with particular focus on the early warning and compensation event procedures


McNealey Brown Ltd

NEC3 ECS Presentation

Joint training session with particular focus on the compensation event procedure.


Ainsworth Civils & Engineering Ltd

Eastwick Bridge

Providing commercial advice on compensation events and treatment of specific cost components.


Ainsworth Civils & Engineering Ltd

Forder Valley

Review of contract documentation and production of commercial risks and issues register.


Sir Robert McAlpine

Introduction to the JCT 2016 Design & Build Contract

Presenting an overview of the JCT D&B contract to an audience of c20 people.



Introduction to NEC3 ECS Contract Presentation

Preparation of a standard presentation and notes for use in client training.



Introduction to NEC4 Presentation

Preparation of a standard presentation and notes for use in client training.


C A Blackwell (Contracts) Ltd

Southall Waterside

Dispute with the client. Review of all project costs to produce a week-by-week analysis for use in prolongation and disruption assessments.



NEC4 Alliance Contract

Preparation and delivery of presentation in conjunction with Jeffrey Brown of Veale Wasborough Vizards LLP at a breakfast seminar in their London Office.


Ainsworth Civils & Engineering Ltd

La Fontaine Academy

Review of contract documentation and production of commercial risks and issues register.


Waycon Precast Ltd

Yeovil Hospital Car Park

Dispute with main contractor. Review of contract documentation and preparation of detailed report to provide independent opinion of disputed commercial issues.


C A Blackwell (Contracts) Ltd

Southall Waterside

Dispute with a major subcontractor. Review of contract documentation and presentation into flow chart format, review of bill of quantities, drawings and progress documentation to assess and recommend the payment amount due.


Focus Paving Ltd

King's Crescent, Hackney

Leading a small team in the preparation of claims and presentation of disputed matters for referral to adjudication.



Commercial Director, AJC Construction (2008 – 2018)


Senior Quantity Surveyor, ABB Ltd (2017 – 2018)
Upgrade works on National Grid substations in the south east. I am PERSON and BESC: (Access Movement & Egress - Substations) qualified. A new industry but with significant commonalities, including forms of contract.


Commercial Manager, London Underground Ltd (2017 – 2013)
Managing all commercial and contractual issues on the Victoria Station Upgrade project, with particular responsibility for the Paid Area Links works (Tunnelling and Ground Treatment).


Commercial Manager, London Underground Ltd (2011 – 2013)

Managing all commercial issues with the power upgrades programme as part of the SSR infrastructure renewals programme.


Subcontract Manager, Thales RSS Ltd (2011)

Full re-signalling of the Jubilee and Northern Lines on the London Underground network, with particular responsibility for the signalling application design services. Conditions of Contract:  NEC2 Professional Services Contract with Main Option A. Value: £11m.


Post contract administration of the signalling application design services which were undertaken in India, including interface with signalling engineers to ascertain value of work done and scope and value of changes to design.


Commercial Manager, London Underground (2008 – 2011)

LUL - Cooling the Tube Project. Full pre and post contract services for the Mid Tunnel Ventilation shaft refurbishment works, let under an amended NEC3 ECC with Main Option C.


Commercial Manager/ Managing Surveyor, Atkins Faithful & Gould Ltd (2006 – 2008)

Commercial Manager working initially on the Metronet Stations modernisation, enhancement and refurbishment programme, then subsequently on the DLR 3 car capacity enhancement project.


Senior Quantity Surveyor, Berkley Consulting (2001 – 2005)


Metronet SSL - Track Replacement Project – Aug 2003 to May 2005

Contract and commercial management of the replacement of approximately 100km of ballasted trackwork and 98 Switch & Crossing units.


Infraco/Metronet SSL - Capability Upgrade Project – Oct 2002 to Aug 2003

Contract and commercial management for the provision of new Trains and Signalling System, including the refurbishment of existing District Line trains and maintenance services for both the existing and new rolling stock.


Infraco SSL - Bridge Strengthening Works – Jun 2001 to Oct 2002

Pre and post contract commercial management using NEC2 ECC with Main Option D.


Infraco SSL - Tunnel Strengthening and Track & Drainage Replacement Works – Feb 2001 to Jun 2001

Post contract administration for a project carrying out major structural repairs and strengthening works to a covered way section of the District Line.


Project Surveyor, Capita Beard Dove (1994 – 2001)