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Elliot Patten is a partnership which aims to deliver projects utilising the joint PM and QS skills and experience that Phil and Steve have acquired over many years of working as professionals in the Construction Industry. 

Steve and Phil both started their careers working on the contracting side, Steve as owner manager of Jigsaw Projects and Phil working for a number of main contractors. Phil changed over to a professional QS role with a major practice in 1998 and became a Partner of G&T LLP in 2005 managing the Oxford and Reading offices. Steve joined Brighton College in 2009 and has managed all their capital projects since, delivering a programme of work worth in excess of £110m.


Elliot Patten is an equal partnership. We are working together because we want to, we like the challenge and love the work. It is difficult to imagine a more satisfying frustrating annoying and rewarding way to earn a living. We like and respect the people we work with and have built some strong long-term relationships. We feel we have something to offer that is unique and want to make a long-term success of the business. 


Projects can last several years from inception to completion. Phil and Steve have been working together for more than a decade already and have no plans to stop any time soon.



  • Owners of the business who also do the work.

  • Highly experienced with a solid track record of successful projects both jointly and separately.

  • Personally committed to the success of our projects and therefore our business.

  • Both able to undertake the other’s role and therefore offer a resilient service.

  • Reflective and analytical in approach creating strategies appropriate to any given situation.

  • Excellent communicators and negotiators, able to present at any level.

  • Trustworthy.

  • Appreciative of Clients needs and skilled in stakeholder management.

  • Independent.

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Phil and Steve started working together in 2011 and have delivered the following projects

Brighton College - New House – Allies & Morrison Architects - Boarding House – RIBA Nation

Dates: 2010 -2012

Total Value: £6m

Architects: Allies and Morrison

Procurement: D&B


Dates: 2012 -2014

Total Value: £14m

Architects: Hopkins

Procurement: D&B

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Dates: 2014 - 2020

Total Value: £55m

Architects: OMA

Procurement: D&B


Dates: 2018 - DATE

Total Value: £35m

Architects: KRFT

Procurement: D&B


These projects all with signature Architects have all presented significant challenges but have been delivered on budget and within acceptable time scales.


Steve has delivered 5 other projects for Brighton College including the Music School and Skidelsky building among others, whilst Phil also has a portfolio of other projects and Clients including, Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Opera House, the RSC and others.


Phil qualified RICS in 2000 and is a trained Quantity Surveyor with Project Management skills. Steve is a highly experienced and skilled Project Manager.


Together they can claim more than 70 years’ experience in the Construction Industry and have been working together for 12 years. They share common values of integrity, and a determination to succeed ideally getting the most about all the stakeholders and parties included in the design and build process in a positive collaborative environment.


Both are committed to a flexible and strategic approach that adapts as necessary and to an ongoing review of what works best. Project 175 is an ideal case study to demonstrate the effectiveness of that strategic approach, where the design team and contractor selection have been tailored to take advantage of the signature Architects strengths and weaknesses.


Steve and Phil working together as a team. They can build on each other’s strengths and offer a top-quality PM and QS service to deliver projects on time and budget.

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