Client: One Manchester
Project: Lily Thomas Court. Sustainable Social Housing Project
Clever thinking: We brought a ready-made, low-cost, fast-build PassivHaus solution to Manchester, a leading-edge Housing Association.
Value added: We reduced costs over 10% per unit by using an innovative procurement route, and refined layouts to make the footprint work harder.
Client: Carillion Igloo
Project: 76-unit housing scheme in Newcastle
Clever thinking: We ran an innovative two-stage, two-contractor procurement route to deliver best value. The price was fixed, so contractors competed on most value delivered for that sum.
Valued added: The contract was awarded within budget and through the process, we resolved a number of design issues that might have become contract variations.
Client: Greystar Europe Holdings
Project: Sherwood Court. Student accommodation project
Clever thinking: We identified a gap in the Employer’s Requirements – no maximum temperature had been set in the rooms. This is a crucial comfort factor, so we flagged it with the client.
Value added: As a result of our due diligence, mechanical ventilation was introduced to reduce peak temperatures. This saved the client potentially costly remedial action down the line.
Client: Land Securities
Project: Leeds trinity. Demolition and new-build of a 60,000 ft/2 Primark within a live shopping centre
Value: £4 million
Clever thinking: We accelerated the programme by progressing service diversions and asbestos removal early.
Value added: We finished the scheme 5 months early, with £250,000 additional income for the developer.
Client: Land Securities
Project: Leeds Trinity. Major retail development
Clever thinking: The design development resulted in a scheme that was no longer viable. The obvious area of overspend was the glazed feature roof, designed by a Stirling Prize-winning architect, and much beloved by the planning officers. We recommended an alternative solution and helped renegotiate a revised planning consent.
Value added: We helped to save £12m to bring the project back within budget.
Client: University of Leeds
Project: Complete refurbishment of a Grade 2-listed library
Value: £15 million
Clever thinking: We worked closely with contractors to deliver optimum phasing and buildability. This enabled us to keep the library open during the refurbishment by instigating an enabling works package to modify the M&E services.
Value added: We took six months off the programme, from two years to 18 months.