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CASE STUDY
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CASE STUDY:
Project 175 Brighton College

The table below picks a few key issues but the challenges are constant and will continue until completion of the project.

ISSUES

STRATEGY

REVIEW

Issue 1

 

The appointed Architect from the Netherlands had the vision but previous experience with off-shore Architects lead to concerns that the ability to complete a detailed design might be less than satisfactory.

Strategy 1

 

Appoint a detailing Architect to be novated to the design and build contractor to complete the stage 4 design.

Review 1

 

Generally, very successful, the detail Architect has integrated with the whole team including the off- shore Architect

Issue 2

 

The facade was unusual and technically complex and possibly unbuildable.

Strategy 2

 

Instigate a PCSA with a specialist contractor.

Review 2

 

Successful in that the viability of the project was established.

 

Limited success in that the relationship with the specialist did not survive the tender process.

Issue 3

 

The client had limited understanding of the detailed workings of a theatre.

Strategy 3

 

A programme of site visits was undertaken to deepen the Clients understanding and refine the brief to retain a degree of practicality in the overall design.

Review 3

 

The client brief was updated and reasonable expectations established within the Client group and appointed consultants.

Issue 4

 

Integration of acoustics and other theatre specific issues.

Strategy 4

 

Consultant selection was informed by their Theatre experience.

Review 4

 

So far so good.

Issue 5

 

Ensuring a quality build with a contractor with the potential to negotiate other future projects.

Strategy 5

There is always a tension between a market facing price and the desire to select the best contractor.

 

A process was designed to negotiate a tender price in a staged and managed way relating the costs to the cost plan and also monitoring the open book information.

Review 5

 

The process was successful although a number of other challenges presented themselves in terms of dealing with inflation and other risk issues, which were subject of further negotiations.

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