Construction of a new £36 million office building providing bespoke office accommodation for London Borough of Barnet. The project forms part of the Colindale regeneration programme. The new development is a nine-story building with a recreational terrace area on the 4th floor and provides a modern working environment for up to 1,400 people, including office spaces as well as a cafe on the ground floor. The new facility supports the London Borough of Barnet in working closer with the community.
Following PCSA appointment, London Borough of Barnet required to increase the use of the building to include additional community facilities like social services, business innovation hub, café and public conference suite – all whilst maintaining budget.
Working with the architect, Hawkins Brown, we adapted the previous scheme design and incorporated an additional floor space to house the extra facilities. The redesign process required building shape and structural changes and extension of building services. The end users were consulted and engaged throughout the process to ensure group consensus. By working with Price & Myers, structural engineers, we redesigned the underground drainage connections which was tunnelled and avoided costly and disruptive above ground work. This removed the connection from the critical path and reduced programme risks considerably.
Despite having to extensively redesign, the preconstruction period was maintained and through early engagements with supply chain partners and through collaborative design and planning workshops, value engineering options were identified, resulting in a new enhanced scheme delivered within budget.
Payment periods were agreed at preconstruction and adhered to.
Over 60% of supply chain were within 30 miles of the project, resulting in £18m spent locally. The project achieved BREEAM Very Good and incorporated energy saving design efficiencies, reducing running cost by £1m a year.
The Project Manager remained on site four weeks post completion and aftercare was managed in-house by our Facilities Management team.
The team exceeded targets by 200% for work placements for under 16 years and through engagements with Barnet and Southgate College, 12 placements were given to their students. In addition, we also held bricklaying competition, enabling students from the college to learn new skills and gain support from site managers and supply chain directly.
The team held two Safety Stand Down days and 221 operatives participated. The Intervention Workshop encouraged better communication and buy-in from our supply chain partners in the management of health and safety which helped the team achieve 43 on their last CCS visit.
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