University of Chichester

  • Client

    University of Chichester

  • Contractor

  • Value


  • Completion Date

    August 2018

This new state-of-the-art Tech Park provides new engineering and digital creative technology facilities to support 500 new science, technology, engineering, and maths undergraduate and postgraduate student places per year. The facilities provide a TV production studio, a green room and a “create, design, implement and operate” (CDIO) engineering space. Also included are a machine shop, welding area and fabricating laboratory (fab lab). In addition, an Institute for Sustainable Enterprise, and a Centre for Digital Technology, located in a new signature building, and will enable the creation of a Research Centre for Sustainable Operations and Departments of Data Science and Advanced Engineering & Design.

Passivhaus design principals were applied resulting in running costs efficiencies. Sustainability was key and several added value benefits were achieved, for example by protecting and increasing biodiversity levels in the stream which runs separates the buildings from the carpark during the construction works and inclusion of a swale.

BREEAM Excellent was achieved with exemplar levels of Responsible Construction Practices six weeks post completion.

The Grand Opening was attended by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

The Challenge

As the site was in a flood zone 3, this required the design teams to collaborate with us and our supply chain partners to finalise the design and construction methodologies as early as possible. We collaborated with the novated design team to fully understand the flood risks and several modelling assessments were undertaken to ensure that design was right first time.

The Solution

Together, the teams engaged with the Environmental Agency early and designed both compliant temporary and permanent flood mitigation strategies, which included diverting the stream to enable the installation of a temporary bailey bridge over a storm ditch that traversed the site, giving way for plant and vehicle access during the enabling works. Whilst the enabling works were progressing, the teams concluded the permanent bridge design which featured concrete balustrade and culvert and tarmac. The bridge was designed to withstand the weight of HGVs and emergency vehicles.

The Results

The completed installation was in keeping with the design features important to the client, practical and in full agreement of the Environmental Agency.




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Client Testimonials

“The Technology Park will help us to deliver our vision of making our region a place where businesses, large and small, can thrive, create jobs, and where people can access the very best education and training opportunities.”

Contractor Performance | Commitments


Tower crane rescue courses were offered to subcontractors.

After Care

The site team remained on site 6 weeks post completion. Our Galliford Try Facilities Management team will be attendance for 3 years, 24 hours, 7 days a week making it easy for defects to be reported and resolved quickly.


In keeping with our payment method and agreement, all payment periods did not exceed 30 days


Low carbon design was included like passive design analysis, free cooling and future provisions for CHP. During the enabling phase, we acknowledged that the existing site had diverse habitat and preserved the wildlife by maintaining the wildflowers and grass for as long as possible. A dedicated foot traffic path was created through the field. Grass cuts were reused to protect the soil in the path and doubled up as safe passage during winter and wet months.


700 trainee weeks, 10no supported employment, 12no new recruits, 4no work placements including 16no graduates and 8 activities to support students, such as careers fairs and talks and site visits. In addition, we renovated the local cricket pavilion and our trainee site manager supervised the club showers and toilet replacement works.  

“We are totally indebted to all involved who have saved our club after the fire and would welcome them all to join us on match days in the new facility that the council have provided for us and the local community.” Ian Guppy, from Aldwick Cricket Club, said the new building was a site to be proud of.

Paul Broggi, Property, Estates and Facilities Manager at Arun District Council said “I have been involved since inception and it has been an honour to work with all involved. It has been a bit of a labour of love and has taken a lot of time to resolve but I am extremely proud of the result.”

Further local community engagement projects included;  Acoustic barriers and fencing utilised during the construction phase was donated to the Coast Guard, Created a new local allotment entrance and donated site fencing, Donated defibrillator to local scout group, Bognor beach clean, Planting and clearing of weeks of Hotham Park.

SCF Framework Manager

James Wright


Phone: 07761 330560

Contractor Framework Manager

Angela Purse


Phone: 07593 561 855