Residential

Client: One Manchester
Project: Lily Thomas Court
Value: £2.75m

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
Value: £10m

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
Project: Student accommodation project
Value: £50m+

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.

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Retail

Client: Land Securities
Project: 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.

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Client: Land Securities
Project: Major retail development
Value: £150m

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 negotiated a revised planning consent.

Value added: We helped to save £12m to bring the project back within budget.


Commercial/Mixed Use

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.

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